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The building of University of Latvia Faculty of Law. Photo: Toms Grīnbergs
University of Latvia establishes Institute of Legal Science
Madara Marija Ose, PR Officer of the Faculty of Law

On October, 2017 the Council of the University of Latvia (UL) Faculty of Law (FL) unanimously decided on changing the Regulation of the FL with the purpose of establishing a new structural unit – the Institute of Legal Science. On November 22, 2017 the Council elected the Institute’s director and its Scientific Board for the term of five years.

The newly established institute now is an academic structural unit of the UL FL for scientific research and affairs for carrying them out. The institute will perform fundamental and practically applicable research, organize and take part in scientific activities as well as encourage acquiring and increasing scientific qualification. It is also intended to support the training of young scientists by engaging them in research projects, too.

To achieve the set goals the Institute’s personnel will work on research not only within the field of law, but also inter-disciplinary thereby addressing and offering solutions for timely issues of national economy and society.

On November 22, 2017 the Council of UL FL appointed Assistant Professor Dr. iur. Vadims Mantrovs in the position of the Institute’s director. The Scientific Board of the instutition was elected as well: Professor Dr. iur. Kristīne Strada-Rozenberga, Professor Dr. iur. Jānis Lazdiņš, Professor Dr. habil. iur. Kalvis Torgāns, Associate Professor Dr. iur. Annija Kārkliņa and Assistant Professor Dr. iur. Arnis Buka. The mandate of the newly elected staff will end in five years. Additonally, the Board will elect a chairman and will approve a secretary from among its members.

Addressing attendees at the Council meeting, V. Mantrovs indicated that he not only sees a lot of work ahead, but also many development opportunities both nationally and internationally. The Institute director is confident that the newly established institution has the capacity to attract partners, participate in competitions for various scientific projects, and gain the necessary funding.