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Armands Smans

Assistant to attorney-at-law

Colleagues speak highly of the analytic thinking, creative approach of Armands, as well as of his ability to provide goal-orientated legal assistance in criminal matters and in civil matters of certain categories. In cooperation with bureau colleagues, Armands has effectively helped to revoke arrest of property in complicated legal situations, successfully helped clients affected by the bank crisis to recover their frozen funds, as well as on multiple occasions achieved renewal of complicated criminal proceedings in connection with newly disclosed circumstances. Armands has participated in the drafting of several constitutional complaints resulting in an outcome favourable to the client, provided legal opinions in cases of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague (as a junior expert) and in the Constitutional Court of Latvia (as a person, invited to give opinion), author of various scientific articles and legal opinions. Armands is regularly expanding his knowledge by studying in doctoral studies, participating in scientific conferences, as well as working in Commission for Amendments to Advocacy Regulatory Enactments and in Permanent Task Group of the Ministry of Justice for the Drafting of Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Law within his capabilities.

Areas of practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Litigation in Civil Cases
  • Commercial Law
  • Banking and Financial Law

Work experience
  • Assistant to attorney-at-law since 2016, Law Firm “Rode & Partners”
  • Acting Researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, 2017
  • Legal assistant at the Law Firm “Rusanovs & Partners”, 2014 – 2016 

Education
  • Doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia since 2016
  • Master’s degree in Legal Science, the University of Latvia, 2016
  • Bachelor’s degree in Legal Science, the University of Latvia, 2014

Languages
  • Latvian
  • Russian
  • English

Publications
  • Smans A. The Concept of the Equality of Arms in Criminal Proceedings. Book: Legal Traditions and Matters of Legal Identity of Central and Eastern Europe. A collection of articles of the 76th scientific conference of the University of Latvia. Riga: LU Academic Publishing, 2018, pages 289-296.
  • Smans A. Arrest of Property in Criminal Proceedings. Property Arrest of the Legal Entity. Book: Group of authors. Public Law Liability of Legal persons: Topicalities, Problems and Potential Solutions. Riga: LU Academic Publishing, 2018, pages 246-274.
  • Smans A. Content of the Principle of Presumption of Innocence in the Case Law of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Respect of the Application of Penalties Outside the Criminal Proceedings. Book: Group of authors. Public Law Liability of Legal persons: Topicalities, Problems and Potential Solutions. Riga: LU Academic Publishing, 2018, pages 60-72.
  • Smans A. Interaction and Mutual Distinction of Civil and Criminal Liability. “Jurista Vārds”, 13 March 2018 / No. 11 (1017).
  • Smans A. Legal Regulation on Handling Illegally Acquired Property and its Impact upon the Business Environment – the Experience of Latvia. Juridical Tribune – Tribuna Juridica, Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2018.
  • Smans A. Placing Arrest on Shares in Criminal Proceedings. “Jurista Vārds”, 24 October 2017 / No. 44 (998).
  • Smans A. Right to Get Acquainted with Case Materials in the Process of Illegally Acquired Property. Book: 95 years of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. A collection of articles of the 75th scientific conference of the University of Latvia. Riga: LU Academic Publishing, 2017, pages 351-359.
  • Smans A. Evaluation of Admissibility of Exculpatory Evidence. “Jurista Vārds”, 28 March 2017 / No. 13 (967).
  • Smans A. 10 Years of Criminal Procedure Law. Conference on Current Issues of Criminal Procedure. “Jurista Vārds”, 5 January 2016 / No. 1 (904).
  • Rusanovs E., Smans A. Influence of an Operational Information on the Inner Belief of Person Directing Criminal Proceedings. “Jurista Vārds”, 3 November 2015 / No. 43 (895).
  • Smans A. Use of the Information about Facts Obtained as a Result of Operational Activities in the Process of Proving. “Jurista Vārds”. 11 August 2015 / No. 31 (883).

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