I obtained my LLM degree in 2010 after completing the Legal Research Master at the University of Utrecht. During my LLM studies I carried out research projects on inter alia Frontex (EU Border Agency) joint operations in light of refugee and human rights law, the reception of EU law in the Member States legal order and the principle of loyal cooperation within CFSP. During those years, I also worked as research assistant for professors at the University of Utrecht and of Amsterdam on European constitutional law and worked for an Amsterdam-based law firm as paralegal on European law. Furthermore I interned at a civil society project (Cotonou Task Force) on EU development policy in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) funded by the local EC Delegation.
Since October 2010 I am a PhD student within the EXACT programme. My joint host universities within this network are the University of Cologne and of Edinburgh. From March to October 2011 I was based at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels where I worked within the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) unit; there I dealt mainly with Frontex and EU border policy. Subsequently, I worked 5 months at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, dealing mostly with EU’s international responsibility and the Rule of Law. Currently I am based at the University of Cologne’s Jean Monnet Chair, combined with regular shorter stays at the University of Edinburgh.