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Sorainen Provides Pro Bono Assistance in Efforts to Stop Liquidation of Riga Teacher Training Academy

Sorainen Provides Pro Bono Assistance in Efforts to Stop Liquidation of Riga Teacher Training Academy


Sorainen Latvia, acting pro bono, is assisting the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) in its claim that liquidation proceedings of the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy (RPIVA) are not legal. With Sorainen's assistance, LIZDA has asked policy makers in education and the parties involved to stop the liquidation of the academy, which was, the firm reports, "started in haste."

According to Sorainen, LIZDA and other organizations have indicated several times to the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science that the draft documents on liquidating the academy were defective. "However," according to the firm, "the indications were not taken into account on their merits."

Sorainen Latvia drafted an opinion regarding the defects in the Cabinet’s draft order “Liquidation of Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy” and ways it fails to comply with the applicable legal framework. "The opinion discloses several defects in the draft order," Sorainen reports, "as well as assessing certain problematic issues that could arise when the order is enforced."

LIZDA has sent the opinion to Prime Minister Maris Kucinskic, representatives of political parties represented in the Parliament, independent MP Artuss Kaimiņc, the Parliamentary Education, Culture and Science Commission, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Council of Higher Education, the Rectors' Council, the Latvian Student Association, and the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy.

The firm's pro bono assistance was provided by Partner Agris Repss and Counsel Raivo Raudzeps. 

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