Visit by students from the Association du cursus de droit franco-allemand (Franco-German law course association) (ACFA)

On 31 January 2019, the Translation Centre received a visit from around 20 students enrolled on the Franco-German law course at the University of Nanterre. The students took the opportunity of learning about the Centre and its services and operation during a study visit to Luxembourg.

The students from the University of Nanterre spent the afternoon at the Translation Centre, where Thierry Fontenelle presented the work of the Centre, its raison d’être, the wide range of services offered and its portfolio of clients. This was a chance to situate the Centre within the broader context of the European agencies and also to supplement the presentations with a brief overview of the history of the European Union, its subsequent enlargements and the reasons behind creating a specialised network of agencies to cover an ever-expanding range of areas.

ACFA is a bilingual curriculum in German-French jurisprudence that was established in 1986 by Professor Otmar Seul between the University of Nanterre and the University of Potsdam. The course allows students from both the French and German cohort to spend a year in the partner university during their undergraduate degree to enable them to obtain a law qualification from both universities. All students follow a complete course of study in the two legal systems and speak at least two languages fluently. The course allows them to progress to a master’s in Franco-German commercial law or international and European law with a concentration in public law. Many of these students are interested in working for the European institutions, and visits like this one to the Centre allow them to gain an insight into the functioning of the EU and potentially also their future career prospects, with some of them intending to move into translation or interpreting. They have already also been to Strasbourg, The Hague (to visit Eurojust) and Brussels as part of the study programme organised by the association. On the day after their visit to the Centre, the students were due to visit the Court of Justice of the European Union.

They thanked the Centre for the welcome that had been extended to them and said that the presentations given had been of great interest.

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