The Baltic Yearbook of International Law is an annual publication containing contributions on topical issues in international law and related fields that are relevant to Baltic affairs and beyond. In addition to articles on different aspects of international law, each Yearbook focuses on a theme with particular importance to the development of international law. The Baltic States have joined the European Union and NATO at a time when great challenges face these organisations and the European structure at large within new world realities. This volume's contributions discuss the reforms within the legal systems of these States undertaken with an aim to prepare for the reception of EC law in their domestic systems. Other contributions address some of the pending questions as to where the EC is headed, especially in the area of the protection of human rights. This volume marks the beginning of a new period in the 'History of International Law in the Baltic States'. Research carried out with the purpose of discovering the direction international law in the Baltic States will take promises to be an exciting and challenging task for the Yearbook and a valuable contribution to the international law discourse.