Pr. Stefan BRAUM

Project leader for the University of Luxembourg

After his school education, which was partially spent in France, Stefan Braum studied law at the “Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität” in Frankfurt. Having passed the first examination with honors, he then prepared his thesis on criminal procedure. From 1996 to 1999 he obtained practical legal training in Brussels (Committee of the Regions) and, as part of a large law firm, he was able to acquire in-depth experience as a lawyer in the field of corporate criminal law. After succeeding in his second examination, also with distinction, Stefan Braum prepared his “habilitation” in international and European criminal law, and published a book entitled “Europäische Strafgesetzlichkeit.”

In 2004 he became the Chair of criminal law and criminal procedure at the University of Cologne. After holding another position at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 2005, he was appointed professor of criminal law at the University of Luxembourg in 2006. In Luxembourg, as a member of the “European Criminal Law Academic Network” (ECLAN). Stefan Braum has published articles on European criminal law as well as on the doctrine of criminal law and criminal procedures, always with an interdisciplinary orientation.

In March 2012, Stefan Braum was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance by his peers – to which he was appointed by the President with effect from 1 September 2012 for a period of five years until 2017. He has been the engineer behind the creation of the Inter-University Cooperation Laos-Luxembourg and has been the project leader for the University of Luxembourg since its inception. He supervises the project from Luxembourg, working closely with the Liaison Officer on the ground, and travels to Laos several times a year.

Dr. Perrine SIMON

Liaison Officer of the University of Luxembourg

Perrine Simon studied Law in France and in England. She completed her masters in Public law and Criminal law with distinction. Dr Simon then carried out her doctoral research under the joint supervision of Prof. Stefan Braum (University of Luxembourg) and Prof. Édouard Dubout (Université Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas). Her thesis, “La compétence d’incrimination de l’Union européenne. Recherche sur le pouvoir pénal européen”, investigated aspects of European criminal law under the Treaty of Lisbon, in particular fundamental rights. She defended her thesis in October 2017 and was awarded the distinction “Excellent”. Along with her research investigations, Perrine has been teaching diverse subjects of Public law and European and International law to bachelors and masters students, at the University of Poitiers, the University of Paris Est and at Sciences Po Paris.

In 2018, Dr Simon qualified as Assistant Professor in France (“Maître de conférences”). She was also awarded the Prix Vendôme by the French Ministry of Justice for her doctoral work. In addition to the Prix Vendôme, she has also been awarded the “Prix de la Chancellerie des Universités de Paris 2018”, one of 17 laureates in the law and political science group.

Dr Simon currently works as the University of Luxembourg Liaison Officer on site in Vientiane at Faculty of Law and Political Science of the National University of Laos since mid-2018. She is managing the implementation of the Inter-University Project, as well as designing and conducting legal training.

Ms. Thongkhoon Xayyahong

Project Assistant

Thongkhoon Xayyahong recently graduated from the National University of Laos, Faculty of Law and Political Science, Bachelor in Business Law.  During her studies, she was an active volunteer at the FLP Library, at the FLP Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) club and at the Clinical Legal Education (CLE) of the FLP. In 2017, she was a Lao delegate to the ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest in Singapore, and then a delegate to the ASEAN-India Students Exchange Program (AISEP) in India. Thongkhoon also won the 2nd Runner-up Winner in the Data Science Explorers National Finals, organized by the ASEAN Foundation in 2018. In September 2019, she was selected by the FLP  to be the first Lao exchange student to study a semester of law at the University of Luxembourg, funded by Erasmus+ programme. Early 2020, she was chosen by the University of Luxembourg to participate in the STARS Winter School learning through legal clinics at Rome Tre University in Italy.

In March 2020, she completed an internship at Institute for Legal Support and Technical Assistance (ILSTA) for six months. She was given the opportunity to conduct a research on Patients’ Rights in Lao PDR and worked on various legal translations Lao-English.

In February 2021, Ms. Xayyahong started an internship at the Inter-University Cooperation Project Laos-Luxembourg as a Trainee Assistant working closely with the Liaison officer on coordinating with FLP, front desk management and day to day activities for three months. In July, Ms. Xayyahong was officially recruited as “Project Assistant”. Under the direction of the University of Luxembourg, she provides assistance to the Liaison officer for all administrative and financial matters as well as for certain academic tasks.

Ms. Sandra SCHWARZ

Administrative support at the University of Luxembourg

Sandra Schwarz started her career in France before joining in 2001 a communication company in Luxembourg collaborating with European Union (EU) institutions. Since then, she always worked in a multicultural environment combining team work and international relations. In 2004, she moved to the EU institutions, first working at the EU Office of Publications (in charge of editing official institutional publications), then later on for Eurostat, the statistics office of the EU. Since 2012, Sandra has been working with the University of Luxembourg. She was first attached to the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences as Administrative assistant.

In 2015, she joined the Faculty of Law, Economy and Finance (FDEF) as Administrative assistant with a broader portfolio, including the management of several budgets, in particular the budget of the cooperation project with Laos. For the Inter-University Cooperation Project Laos-Luxembourg, Sandra Schwarz takes care of the expenses, the travel and the coordination of administrative/financial matters with the experts from the University of Luxembourg and researchers from Laos coming to Luxembourg. She also assists the Liaison Officer to coordinate with the different services of the University and preparation of financial reports.

Dean Ass. Pr. Viengvilay THIENGCHANHXAY

Project leader for the National University of Laos

Ass. Pr. Viengvilay THIENGCHANHXAY is the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLP) which was founded in 1997 (replacing the original School of Law established by the Ministry of Justice in 1986). Ass. Pr. Viengvilay THIENGCHANHXAY has been the Project leader for the National University of Laos (NUOL) since the inception of the Inter-University Project. He played an important role in creating strong ties with the University of Luxembourg since the inception of this project.

Mr. Somsack SILITHIP

National Coordinator for  the National University of Laos

Mr. Somsack Silithip is a law lecturer at the FLP and currently the Head of Research Division at the Faculty. He has previously worked at the Salavanh Provincial Chamber of Commerce and at the Ministry of Justice of Lao PDR. He has bachelor in English and a bachelor of Law from the NUOL and has been a staff member of the Faculty of Law in Vientiane since 1998.

Somsack has been the National Coordinator for the National University of Laos since the inception of the Inter-University Project in 2017. He is helping the Liaison Officer of the University of Luxembourg to coordinate with the different actors and services of NUOL. He is also the coordinator for the FLP with the Rule of Law Project (Lao/031) of LuxDev in Laos.