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Beata Safari '17

An International Law Internship in Luxembourg

“I came to Seton Hall Law School specifically to apply to the Dean Acheson Stage Program,” said Beata Safari '17.

Beata Safari ’17 is the latest Seton Hall Law student selected to serve in the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the Court of Justice of the European Union. This prestigious program provides American law students and recent graduates with an extraordinary opportunity to work with leading European judges and advocates-general from the European Court of Justice and the General Court. Students engage in substantive research, and as stagiaires working in the Chambers of the Court, assist in connection with cases before the Court. 

“I came to Seton Hall Law School specifically to apply to the Dean Acheson Stage Program,” Safari said, who attended George Washington University as an undergraduate to study international affairs. “I have always wanted to pursue an opportunity to practice international law. When I learned Seton Hall Law was one of the schools that sent students to the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, I knew it was the place for me.”

As part of her application to the Dean Acheson Stage Program, Safari presented the comment she wrote for the Seton Hall Law Review on the European Union General Data Regulation, focusing on how its enactment and entrance into force next year will affect American companies. She discussed the right to be forgotten and how – while an admirable concept – it would create too much of a backlog and be unrealistic in application. Safari has now submitted her comment for publication.

“Seton Hall Law is one of only 30 law schools in the U.S. selected to participate in the Dean Acheson Stage program and therefore permitted to nominate candidates,” explained Professor Tracy Kaye, who helps prepare students to apply for the Program, guiding their course choices and supporting them in the application process.

“Seton Hall Law has a history of success in securing stagiaire positions for our students,” Professor Kaye continued, “and in fact, in 2014, all three of our student nominees were accepted to the program – and of the 12 applications submitted in total among participating schools, only Seton Hall Law students were selected. Beata will be our 13th Seton Hall Law student to serve as a stagiaire.”

Students who apply to the program must have taken a class in European Union Law and also display fluency in French, which Safari has studied since middle school. She will begin her three-month term in the second semester of her third year, and will move to Luxembourg in February 2017. She will serve with Judge Papasavvas of Cyprus in the General Court.

“Beata’s eagerness to spend a semester in Europe, interning at the Court of Justice is truly inspiring, and reflects the best of the Seton Hall lawyer, who seeks opportunities for engagement every chance she has,” said Kathleen M. Boozang, Dean and Professor of Law. “We are proud of Beata, and grateful to Professor Kaye for the guidance and mentoring she offers to each of our Dean Acheson Stage applicants. This is a program which provides our students with a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.”