Summer School
Human Rights and Their Implementation: European and Baltic Experience


11 - 22 August, 2003
Riga, Latvia


On 11-22 August, 2003 the Institute on Human Rights of the University of Latvia, Faculty of Law is organising the 4th summer school Human Rights and Their Implementation: European and Baltic Experience.

As in the previous years the target group of the course will be lawyers and graduate law students coming from the CIS countries including the Baltic states who work in the field of human rights or study human rights. The working language of the summer school is Russian.

During the period of two weeks participants will be introduced to the basic aspects of international and European human rights law, including the general introduction to the United Nations human rights system, and with particular emphasis on the European human rights system, including jurisprudence and the latest developments of the European Court of Human Rights, the work of the Committee of Experts under the European Social Charter, Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities, as well as human rights within the Organisation for the Security and Co-operation in Europe. The course will be orientated towards practical work, thus in addition to the lectures students will spend a lot of time on case studies. Moot court competition on jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, which was included in the summer school program for the first time in 2002, received very good evaluations from the summer school participants, therefore it will be included also in this year's summer school program.

In addition to lecturers and work in groups, the participants will visit the governmental and the leading non-governmental institutions, which are essential for securing the rule of law and promotion and protection of human rights in Latvia, including the Constitutional Court, the Saeima (Parliament), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Human Rights Office, the Latvian Center for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies and Riga Graduate School of Law.

The Institute's library contains essential human rights documentation in English, Latvian, Russian and other languages to provide the participants with study materials.

Lectures and seminars will be conducted by Latvian experts - Dr.iur. Ineta Ziemele (Cambridge, UK), S.J.D. Gita Feldhune (Central European University, Hungary), LL.M. Martins Mits (Nottingham, UK), as well as international experts from Institute for Human Rights of the Abo Akademi University (Finland) and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University (Sweden).


Preliminary program:

  • General introduction to Human Rights system.
  • Historical development of the concept of human rights. Its role in a democratic society. Universality and particularity of human rights.
  • Civil and political rights. Instruments, implementation and institutions in UN system.
  • Human Rights Committee.
  • Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination and Committee on the Prohibition of Torture: procedure and case studies.
  • Economic and social rights. Instruments, implementation and institutions in UN system.
  • European Social Charter.
  • Minority Rights. The Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities. Minority rights in the European human rights system.
  • Council of Europe. European human rights system. European Court of Human Rights.
  • Human Rights in the OSCE system.
  • Moot Court competition on jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

    The methodology of the course comprises lectures and discussion groups as well as the visits to governmental and non-governmental institutions. Lectures will be held every working day, i.e., from Monday to Friday at the following times: 9:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 16:30.

    Necessary documents for applying to the Summer School:

  • Application form (in Russian);
  • Recommendation letter (at least one).

    Applications and recommendation letters should be sent to the address:

    Institute on Human Rights
    Faculty of Law
    University of Latvia
    19 Rainja blvd., Riga
    LV-1586, Latvia

    The deadline for applications is 15 April, 2003.

    There are several scholarships for the participation in summer school from the Council of Europe and Institute for Human Rights of the Abo Akademi University.

    Otherwise you will need app. 250-300 EUR to cover living and victual expenses. This amount does not include travel expenses from homeland to Riga and back. Also participants will need to cover participation fee 25 EUR.

    We recommend candidates to use local national and international organizations, for example UNDP, The Soros Foundation and others, to receive a scholarship for the participation in summer school.


    All questions concerning the summer school please address to Mr. Aivars Vidzups (Project Manager) to e-mail: aivarsv@lanet.lv