Monitoring Committee visit in Luxembourg, 12-17 September 2022

From 12th-17th September 2022, a delegation from Laos including Ass. Pr. Viengvilay Thiengchanhxay (Dean of FLP-NUOL), Mr. Somsack Silithip (Coordinator for the FLP), accompanied by Dr. Perrine SIMON (Liaison Officer of and Mr. Patthanaphone Nammalath (’s Project Assistant) travelled to Luxembourg to attend the Inter-University Cooperation Project’s  Monitoring Committee in Luxembourg City. This visit was very much awaited after the easing of travel restrictions.

The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Stefan Braum, the Project leader. The Monitoring Committee took place at the Faculté de Droit, Économie et Finance (FDEF) of University of Luxembourg on 13th of September 2022. The meeting was the opportunity to introduce Prof. Thomas Mastrullo, who will travel to Laos in January 2023 to the FLP and to discuss upcoming activities as well as Laotian research fellows’ progress and difficulties. Exchanges focused in particular on the enrolment of our first doctoral candidate and the need to identify subsequent candidate(s), and also on the need to take concrete steps in the development of an institutional repository for Lao legal research outputs.

On 14th September, the delegation also visited the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) at the Direction of the Cooperation and met with Mr. Claude Jentgen, the Coordinator for Bilateral Cooperation.  The delegation highlighted the milestones of the inter-university cooperation between Laos and Luxembourg and the willingness to deepen it in the future.

This “monitoring” trip ended by paying a courtesy visit to the Lao Ambassador in Brussels, H.E. Phoukhong Sisoulath. Dr. Perrine Simon reported on the achievements of the Project and explored how to reinforce synergies with the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs.