July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The European Parliament approved a resolution to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of 545-116. "This is good news ...[read more]
February 20, 2012
by Jamie Reese
Latvian voters on Saturday rejected Russian as a second official state language in Latvia. Preliminary results from the national referendum show that 74.8 percent of voters rejected adding the Russian language with only 24.88 percent in favor of having two state languages. The percentage split of ...[read more]
March 25, 2011
by Drew Singer
A Russian court has jailed six men for crimes related to their roles in the 2009 hijacking of the MV Arctic Sea, reports on Friday said. A court in the country's town of Arkhangelsk handed out sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in prison. Three of the hijackers were stateless, while the other ...[read more]
April 16, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On April 16, 2003, the 2003 Treaty of Accession was signed by 10 countries, admitting them for European Union (EU) ascension. After Malta and Cyprus, eight of the ten new EU nations (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) were former communist ...[read more]
March 3, 2010
by JURIST Staff
On March 3, 1918, the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire) signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk with the communist government of Russia, ending Russian involvement in World War I. The treaty furthermore opened independence for Finland, Estonia, Latvia, ...[read more]
February 3, 2010
by Jay Carmella
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on Tuesday that the country will accept one detainee from the Guantanamo Bay prison. The MFA accepted the detainee as a show of support for US President Barack Obama in his attempt to close the facility. The name of the prisoner was not ...[read more]
December 30, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On December 30, 1922, representatives of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Transcaucus approved the Treaty on the Creation of the USSR and the Declaration of the Creation of the USSR, creating the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). During World War II, the USSR would also annex Latvia, ...[read more]
August 28, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Anna Mandel, Boston College Law '11, writes about her experience at the Latvian Constitutional Court.... In the United States, state and federal courts are not bound by the precedents or laws of other jurisdictions. For example, the Supreme Court of Texas is not bound by the decisions of th... ...[read more]
August 3, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
Provisional vote results for a Latvian referendum held Saturday on a proposed amendment to the country's constitution that would have given voters the power to dissolve the country's parliament, the Saeima, indicated Sunday that the referendum failed because of low voter turnout. The amendm... ...[read more]
May 8, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury
The parliaments of Latvia and Lithuania Thursday adopted the new EU reform treaty, properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon, bringing the total number of ratifying nations to 13. All 27 EU countries must approve the Treaty before it takes effect; most ratifications are expected to be parliamentary... ...[read more]

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