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Summerschool in Riga, Latvia, June 2019

This intensive study program took place from the 26th of May to the 2nd of June at the Riga Graduate School of Law, in Riga, the capital of Latvia. The summer school gathered around forty students chosen by the three partner universities, who followed teachings based on two of the courses created in the context of the programme:: "Business and Natural Resources Rights" and "Global Environmental Litigation".
Students in Riga

Course "Global Environmental Litigation"

The course "Global Environmental Litigation was presented by Professor Sandrine Clavel, Professor Patrick Jacob and Senior Lecturer Aude Solveig-Epstein. Following 1) An Overview of the Available Procedural Options, the focus was put on: 2) Jurisdiction and admissibility issues, 3) Procedure-Related Issues and 4) Settlements and decisions.
ASE Students in GEL

Several seminars and case-studies complemented the lectures to foster exchanges with students, including:
Professor Patrick Jacob: The Shell/Ogoni case: Business Law confronted with Environmental Law and Human Rights
Professors Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL), Sandrine Clavel and Patrick Jacob (UVSQ), Senior Lecturer Ilari Hovila (Lapland) : Human Rights in support of the protection of the Environment? The case of Indigenous Peoples.

Case study

Business and Natural Resources Rights

The course was presented through several conferences and seminars, including:
Professor Gudmundur Alfredsson (RGSL): 1) Rights to Land and Natural Resources: Indigenous Peoples' Rights; 2) Interaction between Investment Laws, Business and Access to Natural Resources
Professor Ineta Ziemele (RGSL): Contribution of the Regional Human Rights Courts
Professor Joshua Castellino (MR, guest speakers): Indigenous Peoples facing MNC: How can NGOs contribute? What Other Means Can Be Employed?
Dr. Ilze Dubava (RGSL): Interaction between Investment Laws, Business and Access to Natural Resources
Professor George Ulrich (RGSL): Human Rights and Business (Global Compact, UN Guiding Principles), with a focus on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Senior Researcher Dr. Tanja Joona, (Lapland): Sami rights in Finland: Challenges Faced by the Traditional Livelihoods practised by the Saami

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The students enjoyed several get-together moments, including a guided tour to the historical city center of Riga and a guided visit of the National Historical Museum (Exhibition: The Latvian Centenary)
Museum 1 Museum 2 Museum 3