Countless Careers

Herbert C. Shelley (‘73) is Partner in Steptoe’s Washington DC office and a world-renowned expert in international trade proceedings.

Karam C. Vohrah (’74) was a member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia and Judge on the Court of Appeal and the High Court.

Charles Hunnicutt (’75) is a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs during the Clinton administration.

Stephen Spinks (’76) is the Managing Partner of Sidley’s Brussels office, specializing in EU competition law.

Irene Souka (’77) 
is the European Commission’s Director General for Human Resources and Security.

Tauno Palotie (’78) is Senior Adviser with Merilampi, a Helsinki law firm specialising in business law.

Eugene Regan (’79) is the Irish Judge at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg.

Ahmad Fairuz bin Dato’ Sheikh Abdul Halim (’80) was Chief Justice of Malaysia and the presiding member of the Federal Court, the country’s highest court.

Zillul Hye Razi (’81)
 is Trade Advisor at the European Commission.

Servaas van Thiel (’82) is Minister Counsellor in the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna.

Tony Joris (’83) is Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law and PILC Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Manuel Desantes (’84) 
is former Vice-President of the European Patent Office and is a former Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission.

Maria Fe Pangilinan (’85) is Ambassador of the Philippines to Hungary.

Arittha R Wikramanayake (’86) served as Director General of Sri Lanka’s Securities and Exchange Commission.

Guanxi Zheng (’87) is Of Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney’s Seattle office. Previously, he was a Director, Vice President and General Counsel at DAC Financial Management in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Florika Fink-Hooijer (’88) 
is Director General at the European Commission’s DG Interpretation (SCIC).

Romel Adames (’89) is a former Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Antitrust Commissioner in Panama.

Astrid Schomaker (’90)
 is Director for Global Sustainable Development in the Commission’s DG Environment.

Marie Soveroski (’91) is a lawyer, and the Director of the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers/European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) in Luxembourg/Netherlands. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA).

Chris Foreman (’92) is Senior Director, Legal Affairs, Scandinavia/Baltics and Belgium/Luxembourg at Merck Corporation

Dusko Lopandic (’93) is a former Ambassador of Serbia to the EU.

Ilkka Salmi (’94) is Director of Situation Centre of the European Union (SITCEN)

Torsten Strom (’95) is Senior Counsel at the Trade Law Bureau of Canada’s Department of Justice.

Kim Nason (’96)
 is Head of Section for Humanitarian Aid and Migration in the EU Delegation in to the United Nations in Geneva.

Els Mortier (’97) is Head of Section for Economy and Governance in the EU Delegation in Guinee.

Aleksandra Auleytner (’98) is Partner at Domański Zakrzewski Palinka, the largest independent Polish law firm where she is Head of IP&TMT Practice.

Zoran Milanović (’99) is the former Prime Minister of Croatia.

Janne Kalliala (‘00) is Principal Analyst at Cullen International in Rome, where he is responsible for the competition law service.

Kristine Hänsch (’01) is Judge at the Police Court in Brussels and was elected to the Belgian Conseil supérieur de la Justice.

Lizzie Medrano de Gamberale (’02) is Dispute Settlement Registrar at the World Trade Organization in Geneva.

Olga Kopiczko (’03) is Head of Sector for “International Agreements” at the Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Simona Popan (’04) is Member of the Legal Department of the EEAS European External Action Service.

Polyxeni Melidou (’05) is Legal Advisor at the European University Institute in Florence. Before she worked at the Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels.

Elina Melngaile (’06)
is Member of the Cabinet of European Commission Vice President Dombrovskis.

Marie-Laure Guislain (’07) is Head of Litigation with Sherpa, a Paris-based association to defend victims of economic crimes.

Erin Mikita (’08) is Trial Attorney at the US Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

Konstantina Bania (’09) is a Research Associate at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom of the European University Institute in Florence

Sophie Beaudoin (’10) is a lawyer with the Open Society Justice Initiative in Guatemala.

Viktoriya Petrikova (’11)
 is Legal Officer at European Commission’s European Personnel Selection Office.

Pauline Nguru (‘12) is Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament.

Ana María Amador Gil (’13) is Associate at Garrigues in Brussels.

Federica Baldan (’14)is a PhD researcher at the University of Antwerp. Her research focuses on judicial coherence in the European patent system.

Donal Kenneally (’15) is ANTICI (COREPER II), Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, in Brussels.

Alessandro Maria Barone (’17) is an Associate at the US law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Based in Brussels, Alessandro is a member of the firm’s antitrust and competition group.

Creating Careers

In addition to the networks that the LLM professors and Brussels in general offer, the Programme actively supports the students with the following specific career development tools.

VUB Career center

All IES students can benefit from career advice, including interview preparation and CV review at the VUB Career Centre. This unique service offered by the VUB in cooperation with Randstad was launched in 2011. Clients of the Career Centre include major law firms and the European Commission. To find out more about this excellent service, please go to

CV preparation workshop

Professors assist graduating students in their preparation of CVs and job applications.

LLM Job Market

A virtual platform for communicating job opportunities within the Alumni network.

50% of our alumni received a job after one month
95% of our alumni received a job within 6 months

LLM Career Lunches with selected alumni/ae

To boost your career chances, the LLM hosts every year numerous Alumni Career Lunches, where an alumna/us provides advice to the current students on how the LLM can help in obtaining a career across various fields of the legal profession.