International and EU Law
Degree awarded: LL.M in International and European Law
Programme duration: 1 year or 2 years
Study language: English
Official length of the programme in credits: 63 ECTS (42 Latvian credits), one-year academic programme, or 121.5 ECTS (81 Latvian credits), two-year professional programme
The core RGSL programme, International and European Law, covers the fundamental pillars of legal science and theory through specialised tracks that include:
- European Union Law and Policy
- Public International Law and Human Rights
- Transborder Commercial Law
Each course track comprises a period of theoretical study and class work, followed by a master’s thesis. The programme is structured as:
- A 63 ECTS (42 Latvian credits), one-year academic programme for those who have already completed a 240 ECTS (160 Latvian credits) bachelor’s degree in Law or equivalent.
The one-year master’s programme consists of 33 ECTS (22 Latvian credits) of theoretical study with an interaction between law and other disciplines emphasised within each course track and 30 ECTS (20 Latvian credits) devoted to thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master’s degree (LL.M) in International and European Law.
The programme is also offered on a part-time basis with the duration of the part time programme dependent on a schedule tailored to the student. Normally, the duration of study is doubled. For example, the one-year programme takes two years to complete if followed on a part-time basis.
- a 121.5 ECTS (81 Latvian credits), two-year professional programme for those who have already completed a 180 ECTS (120 Latvian credits) bachelor’s degree in Law.
The two-year professional master’s programme consists of 52.5 ECTS (35 Latvian credits) of theoretical study, 39 ECTS (26 Latvian credits) devoted to internship, and 30 ECTS (20 Latvian credits) devoted to thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a Master’s degree (LL.M) in International and European Law; and a Latvian lawyer’s certification.
Courses and description
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.