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Law and Diplomacy

Degree awarded: LL.B in Law and Diplomacy
Programme duration:3 years
Study language: English
Official length of the programme: 180 ECTS (120 Latvian credits)
Tuition fee: 3500 EUR per year

This programme is aimed at students intending to work in the Foreign Service of their home countries as well as in international organisations. However, a balanced understanding of policy concerns and conflict resolution, together with legal constraints applying to international relations, will also make candidates attractive for employment in many other fields.

Legal issues take their point of departure in international and European Union institutions and how these are regulated in relation to international relations. To this is added an understanding of major fields of law with which international relations interact, along with fields relevant for diplomatic officers serving on postings abroad. This includes on the one hand specific diplomatic law, and on the other hand international private law as required for advising on conflicts of law in international environments.

Issues relating to diplomacy have a broad reach into history, culture, and political science, with special focus on conflict resolution and negotiation. Courses address these issues from a comprehensive theoretical perspective, but also relate theory to practical application and lessons learned from real world experience. Research tasks and course assignments support this double perspective on subjects.

Language courses focus on English as a world language, with a view to terminology in law, international relations, and business. Students may also follow courses in the traditional diplomatic language of French, as well as German. Other electives include courses in law, international relations, business, culture, and history.

The programme is operated jointly with the University of Latvia.

Courses and description

The programmes comprise 180 ECTS credit points, corresponding to 120 Latvian credit points. They  are based on courses in both mandatory and elective fields. Students will be following up to three courses at the same time. In order to ensure a broad choice of subjects, students can choose to follow an additional course when necessary.

Each course lasts six weeks with five class hours a week, to which is added research work on assignments and class preparation. At the end of each course an exam has to be passed. The overall duration of each programme is three years, ending with a Bachelor thesis.

Course materials are freely available in the form of compendia on the RGSL intranet, but can be also acquired in printed format. Reading assignments mainly refer to materials in the compendia, articles in electronic format on the RGSL library portal, as well as books and other printed material available in the RGSL library.

Mandatory courses Elective courses
Law
Introduction to Law
Public International Law
European Union Law
Introduction to Latvian Law
Comparative Personal and Family Law
Internal Market Law
Constitutional Law
Comparative Contract Law
International Human Rights Law
Competition and State Aid Law
Law of Treaties
International Private and Procedural Law
Philosophy of Law
Legal Method
External Relations of the European Union
International Commercial Law
Law
Introduction to Latvian Law
Comparative Criminal Law
Comparative Personal, Family and Inheritance Law
Comparative Insurance Law
Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Trade Law
Law and Economics
Internal Market Moot Court
European Consumer Law
International Tax Law
International Humanitarian Law
Comparative Contract Law
Comparative Property Law
Competition and State Aid Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Private and Procedural Law
Comparative Company Law
Banking and Securities Law
Policy
Comparative Politics
International Organisations
International Security
EU Policy Making
Foreign Policy Analysis
Policy
Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Ethics
Project Management
Information Management Systems
Advanced Corporate Social Responsibility
Modern Nation-States and Politics
Public Presentation Skills
Simulation of UN Procedures
Rational Decision Making and the Architecture of Finance
Diplomacy
Theory of International Relations
Contemporary World History
Introduction to Diplomacy
Crisis Management in International Politics
Global Approaches to Public Diplomacy
Political Negotiations Strategy and Tactics
Humanities
Introduction to Diplomacy
History of Law
Modern History of  Central and Eastern Europe
Intercultural Dialogue
World Religions and Dialogue
Economic and Commercial Diplomacy
Research
Introduction to Studies
Research Methods
Advanced Research Methods
Research Papers
Bachelor’s Thesis
Free Electives
Formal Logics
Philosophy
Social Psychology
Risk Management
Critical Thinking
Languages
English
French
German
Russian

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