Kai Bethke
Nationality: German
Graduation year: 2009
Attorney-at-law specialising in Labour and Company law
A most memorable year filled with lots of knowledge, lots of fun and most importantly lots of friends!
Kai graduated with a BA in Law and Economics of Insurance Matters and then continued his legal studies at the University of Berlin
, focusing on European, Labour and Commercial Law. Subsequently he worked in the field of foreign law and language education. Besides his career growth in private practice, he was also at a time involved in assignments for a governmental organisation in Berlin. Since 2012, he became a lecturer in the field of Insurance Law, followed by yet another career leap as an inhouse corporate counsel. Given all his past accomplishments up to date, it is no surprise that he is the current chairing President of the Board of the LLM Alumni Association of the University of Ghent.
Kristaq Profkola
Nationality: Albanian
Graduation year: 2008
Fulbright Scholar and Attorney-at-law
This LLM program made me realise that the EU is probably one of the greatest achievement of the 20th century. The direct contact with such an international mix in the heart of Europe and the technical skillfulness of the professors in relation to a variety of current EU issues provided me with a realistic and professional view of how this gigantic institutional mechanism works and grows. My professional career and my life certainly took a complete change of course after my experience in Ghent. For that, I am always proud to be an alumnus of this program.
Kristaq obtained his law degree in 2006 from the University of Bologna, Italy and after a year of professional experience in a local Albanian law firm, he pursued the LLM in European and Comparative Law at Ghent University Law School. After his Belgium stint, he returned to Albania and worked since then as an associate for one of the largest law firms in Albania as well as for the Albanian government holding the position of Director of Legal Affairs at the Albanian Ministry of Agriculture and Consumer Protection. In addition to that, Kristaq has also lectured in one of the largest private universities in Albania, holding seminars in Albanian Company Law. For all his accomplishments, he was recognised as a Young Leader 2012 Fellow of the Aspen Institute Romania and awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to further his academic advancement at the John Marshall Law School of Chicago in the States where he is now pursuing his second LLM in International Trade and Business Law.
Hans Merket
Nationality: Belgian
Graduation year: 2010
PhD Scholar and Researcher in EU Law at Ghent University
The LLM Programme allowed me to get in touch with a bunch of interesting, ambitious and wonderful people. Exchanging knowledge and experiences in such a setting was truly inspiring and thought-provoking.
Hans Merket is Master in Comparative and International Politics – Majoring in European Politics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2009, Greatest Distinction) and has obtained an LL.M. degree of Master of Advanced Studies in European Law (Universiteit Gent, 2010, Greatest Distinction). As part of an Erasmus-exchange he studied one semester at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in the academic year 2007-2008. He did an internship as assistant of a member of the European Parliament and was a trainee in the European Commission for the Directorate-General EuropeAid Development and Cooperation, where he worked in the unit responsible for aid programming and management.
Yimei (May) Lu
Nationality: Chinese
Graduation year: 2004
Counsel at MWE China Law Offices Shanghai
The LLM programme in Ghent enabled me to build up solid knowledge of European and Comparative Law, which helped me to grow professionally in commercial law as well as to excel academically.
Yimei acquired her academic track record at the East China University of Politics and Law, University of Ghent and Columbia Law School. Today she specialises in and focuses on legal practices in general corporate matters, transactions, contract review, compliance and labor and employment issues.
Novak Blecic
Nationality: Serbian
Graduation year: 2006
Partner at Blecic&Partners Attorneys at Law
The Ghent University LLM programme was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. We had a very pleasant group of students from different parts of the world. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the brightest and prestigious lecturers from the University of Ghent. I love Ghent; it is like a big museum. Its architecture is fascinating, and I felt like in the 14th century. The program is a once in a lifetime experience, so I warmly recommend it to everyone!
Today I am Partner in Blecic&Partners Law Firm in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia ( Blecic&Partners Law Firm is member of several international Law Firms networks and through our networks we are covering significant number of countries in the world.