The doctoral study programme „Law Science” (51380) (hereinafter – Study programme) of the School of Business Administration Turiba (hereinafter - BAT) is being implemented in accordance with the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers (MK) No.1001 as of 27th December 2005 on “Procedure and criteria of awarding doctoral degree” (hereinafter – MK regulations).
The self evaluation report of the study programme was carried out for the period 1st January 2008 till the end of the academic year 2008/2009(hereinafter – Report period).
BAT has been awarded the licence No. 04036-29 as of 2nd October 2007 by the programme licensing committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia to implement the above programme. The validity of the licence is till 27th September 2010 and upon successful completion of the programme the doctoral student is awarded doctoral degree in Law Science (Dr. jur.).
The Study programme is being implemented in accordance with the profile and strategies of BAT and in particular the Faculty of Law wherein the above programme is being implemented as well as in accordance with its potential academic research requirements, labour market demands and classifications of scientific branch and education.
Since the regaining of independence the situation in the field of Doctors in Law Science has been critical in Latvia as only a handful have acquired doctoral degree in this field during this period. Although in recent years the situation has started improving and an increasing number of doctoral students are acquiring doctoral degrees in Law Science, there is still a lack of sufficient development in this branch on the whole. The BAT offered programme focuses directly on educating costitutional law specialists, underlining the development of this branch in the Baltics.
At present there are several Law Science programmes being implemented in Latvia at different levels in 11 higher education institutions that require highly qualified specialists and scholars. Similarly, there is also an increase in labour market demand for more qualified specialists. The accreditation of the new doctoral study programme in Latvia will help decrease the shortage of the specialists in this branch and promote rapid development in this field.
Taking into account the increasing globalisation process, including the increasingly closer integration of countries in the European Union, the harmonization of legal norms is taking place not only in the field of private law but also in public law. Considering the circumstances, BAT, has also involved leading specialists in this branch from its cooperation partners - Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania in developing the new doctoral study programme thereby ensuring future doctoral students the opportunity to research state law issues not only on a Latvian scale but also on a broader Baltic and European scale.