STUDY AT RGSL / International and European Law Programme Courses and Descriptions

Courses are offered from each of the three specialised lines of the school, comprising Public International Law and Human Rights, Transborder Commercial Law and European Union Law and Policy. Students have to complete minimum of 8 substantive courses, specialized courses, as well as defend their master thesis if they have chosen 1 year programme. Alternatively, 11 substantive courses, additional specialized courses and defence of the master thesis is required if students have chosen to follow 2 year (professional) programme.

The following substantive courses are offered:

  • International Law System and Human Rights: Theory and Development
  • Law of International Organisations
  • International Criminal and Humanitarian Law
  • Changing European Human Rights Law
  • Business and Human Rights
  • State Responsibility in International Law
  • Private International Law and International Civil Procedure
  • Trade Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
  • International Sales Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Comparative Contract and Commercial Law
  • EU Company Law
  • Integration of Political Economy
  • Environmental Law
  • Integration and European Court of Justice
  • Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques
  • External Relations of the European Union
  • Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

During the teaching weeks, students will normally follow 2 courses offered for each 6-week period. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, following only 1 course at a time. Thus a part-time study will normally take double the time of a full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach.

The full-time teaching week usually comprises 12 contact hours, with lectures and seminars in the 2 selected courses, as well as specialized courses consisting of master thesis support sessions, legal English, legal research and legal ethics.

The teaching is based on case discussions with active student participation, involving both general studies and specific course assignments. Different teaching methods are used to encourage student participation, including Moot courts and study groups. Within the full-time teaching week, in average 26 academic hours are reserved for student preparation.

The thesis support comprises individual work together with individual tutoring and joint sessions, where the purpose is to give feedback on the work in progress, and to assist the student in choosing the topic and methodology of the thesis.

 

International and European Law

 

Public International Law & Human Rights

EU Law & Policy

 

Transborder Commercial Law

 

2-11 September

Introductory Course

Each course (below) 2.5 Latvian credits (3.75 ECTS)

Module I

14 September – 23 October

International Law System and Human Rights: Theory and Development

 

Integration of Political Economy

 

 

 

International Sales Law

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Ethics and Psychology

 

        

 

 Module II

26 October – 4 December

State

Responsibility in International Law

 

External relations of the European Union

 

 

Comparative Contract and Commercial Law

 

 

Changing European Human Rights Law

 

 

Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques

 

 

 

Module III

7 December 2015

– 29 January 2016

(Christmas break 21 Dec 2015 – 3 Jan 2016)

Law of International Organsiations

 

 

Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

 

European Company Law

 

 

 

International Criminal and Humanitarial Law

 

 

 

Private International Law and International Civil Procedure

 

Module IV

1 February – 11 March

Business and Human Rights

 

 

Environmental Law

 

 

Trade aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

 

 

Integration and European Court of Justice

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

 

Suggested full time workload is 2 courses per module; part time – 1 course per module.

Mandatory courses for Public International Law & Human Rights

 Introductory course + Legal Research  -2 Latvian credits (3 ECTS)

International Law System and Human Rights: theory and development

International Criminal and Humanitarian Law

Changing European human rights law

State Responsibility in International Law

Business and Human Rights

Law of International Organisations

Master Thesis 20 Latvian credits (30 ECTS)

+ 2 elective courses (any of 13 courses offered in EU Law & Policy, Transborder Commercial Law, International and European Law programmes) = (42 Latvian credits – 63 ECTS)

Mandatory courses for EU Law & Policy:

 Introductory course + Legal Research  -2 Latvian credits (3 ECTS)

Integration of Political Economy

Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques

Integration and European Court of Justice

Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

Environmental Law

External relations of the European Union

Master Thesis 20 Latvian credits (30 ECTS)

+ 2 elective courses (any of 13 courses offered in Public International Law and Human Rights, EU Law & Policy, Transborder Commercial Law, International and European Law programmes) = (42 Latvian credits – 63 ECTS)

 

Mandatory courses for Transborder Commercial Law

 Introductory course + Legal Research  -2 Latvian credits (3 ECTS)

Private International Law and International Civil Procedure

International Sales Law

Comparative Contract and Commercial Law

European Company Law

Trade aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Master Thesis 20 Latvian credits (30 ECTS)

+ 2 elective courses (any of 13 courses offered in EU Law & Policy, Public International Law and Human Rights, International and European Law programmes) = (42 Latvian credits – 63 ECTS)

 

Mandatory courses for International and European Law (academic)

Introductory course + Legal Research  -2 Latvian credits (3 ECTS)

Master Thesis 20 Latvian credits (30 ECTS)

+ 8 courses (any of 19 courses offered, but maximum 4 courses from one specialised master programme) = (42 Latvian credits – 63 ECTS)

Mandatory courses for International and European Law (professional)

Introductory course + Legal Research (extended)  -5 Latvian credits (7.5 ECTS)

Legal Ethics and Psychology

Internship – 26 Latvian credits (39 ECTS) – 26 weeks

Master Thesis 20 Latvian credits (30 ECTS)

+11 courses (any of 19 courses offered without restrictions) = (81 Latvian credits – 121.5 ECTS)