Twenty students from Belarus, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and Slovakia attended the Baltic Summer School of Comparative Business Law organized by EHU‘s Center for German Studies.
For two weeks in August, participants travelled from Tartu through Riga to Vilnius, getting acquainted with Anglo-American, Asian, East-European, French, German, Scandinavian, and religious legal systems as well as discussing topics of international private law. Participants visited an international law firm in Riga and the Lithuanian Supreme Court in Vilnius, among other excursions and meetings.
“It was very impressive to travel through the whole of the Baltics, to visit all the capitals of the countries, to experience the very different cultures,” said Franka Kunstmann, a student of economics, international management, and human resources at the Hochschule Mittweida (Germany).
During their visit to Riga, participants took part in the conference “Twenty-five Years after the Baltic Way and the Collapse of Totalitarian Communism: European Memory and Political Inspiration” at the University of Latvia.
Leading this year’s School were legal experts from Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania, including Dr. Thomas Hoffmann (German Academic Exchange Service scholar, University of Tartu), Dr. Christoph Schewe (German Academic Exchange Service scholar, University of Latvia), Maarja Torga (University of Tartu), Dr. Rimvydas Norkus (Lithuanian Supreme Court justice), and Dr. Vadim Mantrovs (Riga Graduate School of Law).
“It’s great that we didn’t learn simply from the books, but directly from the people coming from different countries who know how the systems really work. It was very useful for me to learn how something in one country can be different things in many other countries,” said Radka Kolkusová, a graduate law student from Trnavska University (Slovakia).
Summer School participants enjoyed a rich cultural program, as well. It included tours of museums at University of Tartu and the KGB museum in Riga, a Vilnius city bike tour, and other activities.
The Baltic Summer School of Comparative Business Law was organized by EHU’s Center for German Studies in partnership with University of Tartu and the Riga Graduate School of Law, with the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).