Riga Graduate School of Law

Riga, Latvia

Partner 11 (RGSL)

The Riga Graduate School of Law is a post-graduate school of law offering an LL.M. programme in International and European Union Law. It was founded in 1997 by a Treaty between the Governments of the Republic of Latvia and the Kingdom of Sweden, including the Soros Foundation Latvia as the third shareholder. In 2005, Sweden sold its shares to the Republic of Latvia, and the RGSL is now an autonomous institution within the University of Latvia. The RGSL has a senior faculty staff of experienced law professors with academic and teaching experience from various countries, and also engages a number of prominent visiting professors originating primarily from the USA and Europe. Graduates from the School have obtained positions in their home countries of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and provided experts needed for EU and NATO accession. The School is also serving Latvia with EU positions in Brussels and Luxembourg.

The participation of RGSL in RECON was terminated on 1 January 2010

Lesley Jane Smith studied law in Edinburgh and Brussels and trained as a lawyer in Scotland before writing her doctoral thesis in Bremen in 1990 and joining the German Bar. She became a Professor at the Leuphana University of Lueneburg in 1996, where she has since been teaching European Economic and Comparative Law. Prior to this, Prof. Smith taught European law at the University of Bremen and subsequently within the joint German-Dutch degree programme of the Hanse Law School. She is a regular guest Professor within several law programmes in Europe. From 2007 to 2008 she joined RGSL as Rector. Her research ranges from legal reform work in transformation states to developments in the harmonisation of European private law. Previous work on intellectual property and competition law has led in recent years to a stronger focus on law and technology, latterly commercial space law from a European law and policy perspective.

Kristine Kruma is LL.D. candidate at Lund University. She has been Lecturer in Public International Law at RGSL since 1999. She holds a Master of International Law from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at the University of Lund, and has been guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute of International and Comparative law in Heidelberg. She has worked at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in positions such as head of the International Organizations and Human Rights Policy Division and head of the CBSS Secretariat of the Chair. Kruma is a member of Odysseus Network and Nordic Research Network in Human Rights, as well as the editorial board of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law. Her PhD project focuses on EU citizenship from an international law perspective and her main fields of interest are human rights within the EU and international organizations.


Tatjana Evas is PhD candidate at Hanse Law School at the University of Bremen (see the presentation of  the University of Bremen) and RECON Researcher at RGSL. She has an LL.M degree in International and European Law from RGSL and has held a Public Interest Law Fellowship at Columbia Law School, New York. She has experience from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York, as legal advisor for the Estonian Refugee Council and from the Directorate General for Legal Affairs at the Council of Europe. In 2003-4 she was involved in the RAXEN_CC project on minority education of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, as leading expert and co-ordinator of the Estonia National Focal Point. EvasÂ’ PhD dissertation studies the impact of the EU constitutionalisation and Union citizenship on integration of the multicultural societies in Estonia and Latvia.