European Commission appointed Tiina Astola (graduated in 1983) as the next Director-General for Justice and Consumers

European Commission appointed Tiina Astola (graduated from VUB in 1983) as the next Director-General for Justice and Consumers

She studied law (LL.B in 1977 and LL.M. in 1983) at the University of Turku as well as at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LL.M. 1983). In June 2007 she was nominated Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Justice.

For the Commission Press release please see the Commission website.

Federica Balan publishes article

Federica Balan has published an article in the prestigious Common Market Law Review (F. Baldan & E. van Zimmeren, ‘The Future Role of the Unified Patent Court in Safeguarding Coherence in the European Patent System’, Common Market Law Review, vol. 52, no. 6, December 2015, 1529-1578).

Alumna Lisa SOTIR Ozkan visits Brussels

In early October 2015, Lisa SOTIR Ozkan (PILC 1994) who lives in Washington, DC, was revisiting Brussels and the IES. She is now the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Information Security Officer & Corporate Secretary of the National Education Association’s Member Benefits Corporation, serving the largest labor union in the United States (3 million members, 53 state-level affiliates and 14,000 local
affiliates)