IES Law Students Visit the European Court of Justice

IES-VUB LLM International and European Law students had the opportunity to visit the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on 4 December 2014.

The visit gave the LLM students an opportunity to get a closer look at the institution in action. They were able to see the formal process of its daily operations and the Court in session. Furthermore, the students were present at a hearing of Deutche Bahn regarding a case in competition law.

Prior to the hearing, Mr. L. Prete, Legal Secretary, chambers of Advocate General Wahl, also gave the students a briefing regarding the case, and explained its factual and procedural background. Mr. Prete also presented the differing roles of judges and advocate generals during hearings and deciding cases.

After the hearing, the students were fortunate to meet Mr. M. Radley, Legal Secretary, Chambers of Mr. Lenaerts, Vice-President of the Court of Justice.


Mr. Radley presented his role and stressed the importance of equal access to justice and the protection of the Court for all Member States and citizens. Mr. Radley concluded by explaining his own career path, which proved very interesting for our students.

Finally, the Court kindly provided a networking lunch for the students in the presence of Mr. K. Lenaerts, Vice-President of the Court of Justice, and Mr. Prete.

The IES organised the trip to the Court of Justice for LLM students as part of the institute’s initiatives to expose our LLM students to the practices of EU law.

To find out more about our LLM International and European law, please visit the programme pages or email the programme secretary, Marleen Van Impe at