June 14, 2014

Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics 2014 in Riga

Advanced Programme in European Law and Economics for Eastern Partnership Region and Central Asia is a special 12-week full-time training programme, funded by the government of Latvia, offering education and practical knowledge transfer. The programme starts on 15 September 2014. Graduation is planned for Friday 5 December 2014.

The programme will focus on the understanding of the legal, economic and political aspects within the European Union framework, using an interdisciplinary approach that is based on both teaching and practical experience through group activities and experience-sharing study visits.

Total programme duration is 12 weeks. The programme implementation includes 2 week periods of small group courses, followed by 1 week periods with project reports and study visits.
During the 2 week periods, participants will take part in 3 courses that are taught in parallel. The weekly workload is estimated at 30 hours, with mandatory participation, and the same applies to the weeks specified for project reports and study visits.
During study visits, experience-sharing is planned with institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Saeima, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman.
Visits outside of Latvia are scheduled, such as to Brussels and Luxembourg, so as to allow for interfacing and receiving practical experience of the European Union and its Member States.
During the final period of instruction, participants will be required to submit a final programme report, based on their reflections on the theory and practice of the topics addressed during the course. The participants will be assigned a supervisor for their work on the final programme report.
English language support is offered as an elective with 2 hours per week throughout most of the course. 

Public officials, as well as representatives of civil society and academia from the European Union Eastern Neighbourhood, including Eastern Partnership region and Central Asia can apply.  In 2014 the programme countries include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. 

With respect to the mandatory attendance of the course activities, the programme is offered free of any cost by the Latvian Government.
Cost coverage for the participants will include travel to Riga and accommodation during the 12 week period of the programme, as well as a modest per diem for living expenses in Riga. Travel and other costs will also be covered for study visits.
Participants are expected to contribute in the form of active participation and full dedication to the programme during the 12 weeks. This year, a select group of 15 participants, will be admitted to the programme.
Courses will be taught in an intensive format over the 2 week periods, and independent work is expected during the project and study visit weeks. A final programme report will form the basis for a successful conclusion of the programme and reception of a certificate.
Participants will obtain 18 ECTS credits that may be recognised when continuing in the Masters programmes at RGSL and at other cooperating educational institutions. 

Applicants are required to supply the following:
  • Motivational letter
  • Description of present job function
  • Curriculum vitae, which should include at least 2-3 years of professional experience
  • Copies of university diplomas
  • Recommendation letter
  • Confirmation of the ability to undertake studies in English
Applications should be submitted online and the deadline for submission is 1 July 2014.
A selection committee will review all applications, and results will be announced by 15 July 2014.
Questions may be submitted to the contact e-mail address: advanced@rgsl.edu.lv
Programme Coordinator Ulla Zumente – Steele
Phone: +371 67039212
Fax: +371 67039240


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