RECON Baltic Expert Workshop

European Integration – Challenges and Visions from the Baltic Perspective: Debates on the Future of Europe from the Constitutional to the Lisbon Treaty and beyond

WP 2 – Constitutional politics 

WP 2 events

Riga, 20-21 November 2008

Organised by Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Latvian Diplomatic Mission in the Republic of Belarus

Venue: Riga Graduate School of Law, Strēlnieku ielā 4 k-2


Workshop summary (D25) (pdf)


The workshop will bring together leading scholars from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania exploring the EU’s constitutional future and the prospects for supranational democracy in the EU from multidisciplinary perspectives.

The main goal of the workshop is to map priorities, visions and discourses of various actors from three post-Soviet member states of the EU on the constitutionalization and the directions of the development of the supranational democracy in the context of the enlarged Union. Through analyzing constitutional and legal-institutional adaptations at the national levels as well as the role of intermediary organizations and mass media in each country the workshop seeks to explain and compare the prospects for supranational democracy in Europe as conceptualized by three RECON models among three selected Baltic countries.

Online registration form (deadline 7 November 2008)

More information on the RGSL’s website


Conference materials (download pdf – login required)
(Programme, abstracts of workshop papers, CVs of moderators and speakers)


Some of the contributions to the workshop are published in the RECON Research Report WP 2: ‘European Integration from the Baltic Perspective: Constitutional Challenges, Conflicting Interests and Eastern Neighbours of the EU’, edited by Tatjana Evas (University of Bremen), December 2011. 



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Thursday, 20 November 2008


Registration and coffee


Opening of the workshop

Prof. Dr. iur. Lesley Jane Smith, Rector, Riga Graduate School of Law


Reconstituting democracy in Europe
Prof. John Erik Fossum, ARENA, University of Oslo




Panel I: Challenges from national Constitutions and legal dilemmas in the process of debates on European Union reforms 

Moderator: Prof. Dr. iur. Thomass Schmitz, Guest lecturer of the DAAD, University of Latvia


The EU Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty: the matrix reloaded?

Dr. Irmantas Jarukaitis, Researcher, University of Vilnius


Legal scholarship in the Baltic states: Prospects for effective participation in European governance discourse 

Dr. Anneli Albi, Lecturer, University of Kent


Collisions between the European Union and national legal norms; and the general principles of law 

Dr. Daiga Iljanova, Associate professor, University of Latvia 


Comments and discussion


Lunch buffet


Panel II: Intermediaries in the political process: role, structure and positions of interest groups in deliberations on Europe

Moderator: Dr. Elmar Römpczyk, Coordinator of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for Baltic countries 


Title tba

Dr. Irena Kalnina, Legal Counsel, Latvian Telecommunications and Post Office, Worker’s Trade Union


Overcome the gap in social trust 

Peep Peterson, Chairman of the Board, Estonian Trade Union of Transport Workers


Title tba

Alda Ozola-Matule, Chairwoman, Latvian Green Movement NGO


Collision of interests over the North Stream: the policy means to manage the divergence of corporate, national, regional and European perspectives within the Union 

Dr. Csaba Törö


Comments and Discussion


Coffee break


Panel III: Eastern boarders and the enlarging EU: the current situation and future perspectives

Moderator tba


Future of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the first generation of “enhanced agreements” with the neighbouring countries: Cases of Ukraine and Russia

Prof. Dr. Roman Petrov, Professor, Donetsk National University and Chairman of the Ukrainian European Studies Association


EU Neighbourhood Policy towards Belarus: challenges and future prospective
Aliaksei Anishchanka and Maryia Yuryeva, Belarusian State University


Comparative-legal analysis of European and Belorusian conflict-of-laws provisions

Dr. Alena Babkina, Head of the Department of International Private and European Law, Belarusian State University


European Union and Belarus: Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters 

Dr. Vadzim Samarin, Associate Professor, Chair of Criminal Procedure, Belarusian State University


Comments and discussion


Reception at the Riga Graduate School of Law

Friday, 21 November 2008 


Registration and Coffee


Panel IV: National MS interests vs. Baltic regional interest vs. European? Perspectives and parameters of cooperation between national and European levels on EU

Prof. Dr. Zaneta OZOLINA
, Head of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Advanced Institute of Social and Political Research, University of Latvia


Latvian and European interests in the Eastern partnership initiative

Dr. Toms Rostoks, University of Latvia


Is the Common House of Europe being built on democratic foundations? 

Vytautas Sirijos Gira, Analyst, Centre for Eastern Geopolitical Studies, Lithuania


Interests and possibilities for a Baltic cooperation in legal matters in the EU

Dr. Christoph Schewe, DAAD-Lecturer, University of Tartu


Representation of national interests in the EU and organisational infrastructure for the coordination of member states’national opinion: the case of administration of the European agricultural fund’s of the rural development amount for Lithuania

Živilė Šukyte, Chief Specialist, Ministry of the Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania and PhD candidate and lecturer, Vytautas Magnus University


Comments and discussion


Lunch buffet


Panel IV: Deliberative public sphere – a wishful thinking or an emerging reality? Role of the Baltic mass media in communicating European debate to the publics 

Prof. Dr. Inta Brikse, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia


The role and future of professional journalism in deliberative public sphere: Baltic media perspective

Dr. Halliki Harro-Loit
Head of Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu


How does the ‘going local’ work in practice? Disclosing EU news and information management publics in Lithuania

Ausra Vinciuniene
Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Lithuania


Title tba

Ansis BOGUSTOVS, Journalist


Comments and discussion 


Closing of the workshop – Round table discussion

Prof. Dr. iur. Lesley Jane Smith
Prof. Dr. John Erik Fossum
Prof. Dr. iur. Thomass Schmitz
Dr. Elmar Römpczyk
Prof. Dr. Zaneta Ozolina
Prof. Dr. Inta Brikse




The workshop is free of charge but limited to registered participants. 

The language of the workshop is English. Translation to Latvian and Russian ensured.

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Helena Stare
Riga Graduate School of Law
Telephone:  +371 670 39 310
Fax: +371 670 39 240