Law meets Practice

Law Meets Practice is a new set of colloquia of the Master Programme International and European Union Law. The Colloquia are aimed at stimulating reflections on current issues of International and European Union Law by bridging academic knowledge with the legal practice. Practitioners are invited to present their own perspectives on a wide variety set of important topics and discuss their career path with students. Law Meets Practice is thus a new intellectual challenge as well as a unique networking opportunity for our students to prepare them for their future career.

Former Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende during a guest lecture

Upcoming events

On October 24, at 11.00 am in Polak 2-18 we will have the honour to host Peter Tzeng, who was until recently a law clerk at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He previously worked at law firms in Moscow, Paris, Singapore, and Washington, and clerked at the European Court of Human Rights. Peter was the sole recipient of this year’s Hague Academy Diploma in Public International Law, and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University. He has studied and/or worked in eleven countries across five continents, and he speaks all six official languages of the United Nations at varying levels of proficiency.

Mr. Tzeng will give an interactive lecture on "The Internal Judicial Practice of the International Court of Justice".  During the lecture, he will share with us his experience and knowledge of the ICJ and in particular of the challenges of multilingualism at the ICJ. In this context, students will have an opportunity to ask questions about ICJ practices and the challenges faced by young professionals to work in such an international environment.

Past events

On Wednesday, 22 March 2017, our LLM students following the course 'EU Competition Law' visited the law firm Stibbe in Amsterdam which specialises in antitrust law. The students attended a presentation from the lawyers of the firm on the topics of antitrust damages and merger control. They also received some very valuable career tips and advice on becoming a practicing competition lawyer and got to meet the Stibbe team during a drinks reception after the presentation.

17 March 2017 - Presentation IPEPS

On March 17, 13.00-14.45, in Room T3-13 Cinzia Alcidi, Head of the Economic Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, will give a presentation on the IPEPS project (the cooperation between CEPS and partner Universities), which is the one which allow some students to take part in the CEPS Module (see my previous email) and the summer schools organized at CEPS. The presentation will be coupled with a lecture, titled: ‘Can the euro area improve its resilience to shocks? Lessons from the US. You will also have the opportunity to ask Cinzia questions about the work at CEPS and, more broadly, at Brussels-based European institutions. Don’t miss this opportunity!

‘International law and the fight against terrorism’
Law Meets Practice lecture of Prof. Pieter Verrest on Monday 6 February, 13-15 u,

On Monday 6 February (13.00-15.00 hrs) Professor Pieter Verrest will be talking on international law and the fight against terrorism. He will discuss the strategies that are developed at various levels of government to fight terrorism, to counter terrorist threats, and the extent to which these initiatives at the national, regional and global level interrelate. Your change to attend a unique lecture of an interesting topical issue!

As from September 1, 2015 Dr. Verrest has been appointed as a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law with a special focus on European and International Criminal Law. In addition to this position, he also works for the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice as Council Adviser.

Professor Verrest studied (European) Law and Mediterranean studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He also studied Law in at Paris Descartes University, France.

12 September 2016 – Guest lecture Jan Peter Balkenende

On 12 September 2016, former Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende gave a guest lecture for the students of the Master Programme International and European Union. On this occasion he provided thought-provoking and insightful views on very actual and interesting European legal and political issues, such as ‘Brexit’, the ‘Greek crisis’ or the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, by linking them to wider international developments. During his talk, Mr. Balkenende actively engaged with the audience by challenging students to express their views and by answering challenging questions from students.

16 Februari 2016 - Roeland Böcker

Roeland Böcker is the Government Agent of the Netherlands to the European Court of Human Rights and legal counsel to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He will guide us through the complex 'reality' of treaty negotiations and offer a practitioner perspective also on the ways in which state and non-state actors interact, as well as on how non-state actors play a role in international legal proceedings (e.g. what is the role and impact of amicus curiae before the ECtHR).

20 November 2015
 - Jakub Pawlowicz

Jakub Pawlowicz, LL.M., currently works as a legal officer at the Office of the European Ombudsman in Strasbourg (FR) and is an alumnus of our LLM in International and European Public Law. Mr.  Pawlowicz's session will be mainly aimed at facilitating the access of our students to the job market. During this Meeting Jakub will be explaining how the European Ombudsman’s office works and most importantly he will tell us how to successfully pursue a career in a European and international working environment.


16 November 2015 - Minas Konstantinidis

Mr. Minas Konstantinidis is a member of the Legal Service (‘Institutions’ Team) of the European Commission. During his lecture on "The conferral of delegated and implementing powers to the European Commission under Articles 290 & 291 TFEU: An evaluation after six years of practice", he will unveil the complexities of the Commission’s ‘technocratic’ decision-making and provide interesting insights from a practitioner’s perspective on the way in which this system works in the post-Lisbon era.

30 October 2015
 - Marion Soffers 

During the first session Marion Soffers, who is a Dutch judge, handling administrative law cases on migration law (as well as general administrative law) talked us through the labyrinth of migration law.