LL.M. students meet with CJEU President Lenaerts and alumni Regan and Heeren on their trip to the European Court in Luxembourg

On December 14, the LL.M. Programme in international and European law of the IES (PILC) – made its annual visit to the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg. The very early wake-up was quickly washed away, as the students and the Programme Director Prof. Harri Kalimo and Student and Secretariat Officer Fanny Baudoin were vividly introduced to the case to be assisted (C-2/17 Crespo Rey) by VUB alumnus Stefaan van der Jeught, Press officer at the CJEU. Due to the students´ international backgrounds, the issue of pension schemes as a potential hindrance to the free movement of workers was a topic very easy to associate with. After the oral hearing, the PILC students were acquainted with CJEU President Lenaerts himself, whose charisma and speech on the CJEU in the political setting of the EU were, as always, awe-inspiring. The opportunity extended over the lunch, which he kindly offered the students, now also joined by two PILC alumni Eugen Regan (the Irish Judge of the CJEU) and Caroline Heeren (administrator in the Registry of the Court). The students thus had an excellent chance to reflect on the work and career paths of graduates from their own programme. The day finished, before the usual sightseeing of Luxembourg, with the Belgian judge to the General Court (Paul Nihoul) and by Caroline Heeren offering insights on their roles at the Court. “Excellent day!” was the shared sentiment of the students in the bus on their way back to Brussels.