Laura Simmonds takes the Advanced LLM programme. She talks, among other things, about cultural differences and her reasons to participate in the Advanced LLM programme.
‘Before starting the programme, I was a junior lawyer assigned to the cabinet of Advocate General Wahl at the ECJ. I mainly worked on drafting and research assignments related to preliminary rulings requests. I earned my law degree in the United Kingdom, and received an LLM in EU law from the College of Europe.’
‘My father is British and my mother is Irish, but I grew up in France and also lived in Luxembourg for two years. I feel more French than British. The Dutch are very direct, sometimes even rude, but I think I mostly understand why. The desire to be efficient and clear makes sense. That being said, I had many nice encounters with the Dutch, especially on the bike. They’ve been very friendly and helpful towards me. I don’t like the weather so much, even compared to Luxembourg!’
‘I like the programme. It’s very comprehensive – more than other programmes – and IBFD has a very good reputation. And I also participated in the Advanced LLM programme because I received the IBFD scholarship, of course.’
‘The EU Law block I liked especially. The professors are the best in their field, and they are also frequently entertaining and witty.’
‘I will look for a job in Brussels or Luxembourg, working on EU tax law and/or tax policy.’
Interview by Andreas Perdelwitz and Anneke Labots