Evening Seminar: Five years of European Union law in Latvia

Experiences and observations


Tuesday, 05.05.2009, 18.00 - 21.30 Uhr, University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, conference room in the basement (entrance through the canteen)

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On the first weekend of May, numerous ceremonies will celebrate five years of participation of Latvia and nine other "new member states" in the European Union. We will celebrate too, but in a less formal way, concentrating not on grandiloquent speeches but on the exchange of professional experiences, observations and ideas. Since the Union is based on the rule of law and the law is its most important instrument, five years of participation means most notably five years of implementation and application of European Union law. How is Union law observed and applied in daily legal practice? How has legal education developed in this new field of law in Latvia? What is the impact of the language problem? What about the cooperation of the Baltic states in matters of Union law? What issues are topical with regard to the situation in Latvia?

The evening seminar will consist of short lectures, leaving plenty of room for discussions. Interventions from the audience are welcome. There will be drinks and snacks at the breaks.

During the last months, the project group of the Baltisch-Deutsches Hochschulkontor has revised and enlarged its trilingual legal terminology list "Eiropas tiesību pamattermini" ("Grundwortschatz Europarecht"/"Basic vocabulary of European Union law"). We thank all users for their suggestions. The revised final version will be presented and distributed at the seminar.

All those interested are welcome!


  1. Practical aspects of the implementation and enforcement of EU law in Latvia in the fields of labour law, non-discrimination and free movement of workers
    - Dr. Kristīne Dupate, Ombudsman's Office and European Labour Law Network -

  2. Baltic cooperation in matters of European Union law and its potential
    - Dr. Christoph Schewe, University of Tartu -

  3. The development of legal education in the field of European Union law in Latvia
    - Edmunds Broks and Arnis Buka, University of Latvia -

  4. Shortcut to euro or dead end? Reflections on the (im)possibility of changing the Maastricht criteria and the consequences of unilateral euroisation
    - Kristīne Dreviņa, Ministry of Justice, European Court of Justice Department -

  5. Linguistic problems in the dealing with the multilingual European Union law
    - Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitz, University of Latvia, Baltisch-Deutsches Hochschulkontor -

Downloads (PDF files)  


invitation and program


Treaties and legislation (excerpts)


contribution of Kristīne Dupate (summary)


contribution of Christoph Schewe (summary)


contribution of Kristīne Dreviņa (summary)


contribution of Thomas Schmitz (summary)



the Accession Treaty of 2003 and other documents on the accession


European Commission: Five years of en enlarged EU


Eiropas Savienības informācijas aģentūra: Latvijas pieci gadi Eiropas Savienībā


Czech Presidency/European Commission: Conference "EU Enlargement - 5 Years After"


Countdown (online documentation centre on the European Union's eastern enlargement)


Satversmes tiesa, judgement from 07.04.2009, 2008-35-01: Law on Ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon complies with Satversme (Latvian Constitution)


project: "Eiropas tiesību pammattermini" / "Grundwortschatz Europarecht" / "Basic vocabulary of European Union law"


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