On June 8, the Supreme Court was visited by Paul Craig, the world's leading academician of the EU law, co-author of Craig & de Burca “EU Law: Text, Cases and Materials” – the famous ‘Bible’ of the EU law, and professor of English Law at the University of Oxford.

Paul Craig came to Riga in the framework of the program of guest lecturers launched by the Latvian Institute of Law in 2014. On June 8, he gave a lecture “The EU and EU law: Institutional and Substantive Challenges in Riga Latvian Society, and afterwards he visited the Supreme Court.

In the Supreme Court, Professor Craig met with Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Rudite Vidusa, the Judge of the Department of Administrative Cases, Nora Magone, the Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Criminal Cases, Reinis Odins, the Legal Research Counsel to the Department of Civil Cases, and Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Divison of Case-law and Research.  

Chief Justice Ivars Bickovics briefed the guest on the Latvian judicial system, paying particular attention to the issue under consideration – the application of EU law: "Until recently, the application of EU law was unclear. But now it is already widely applied. Work with the EU regulatory framework becomes a day-to-day job, a necessity. "

Participants discussed issues such as the frequency of application of EU law by the courts of Latvia, the importance of scientific and analytical work in the study of EU law, referral of cases to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the workload of judges, procedures for handling cases, etc.

 

Record of the lecture given by Professor Paul Craig can be viewed here.

 

Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone: +371 67020396