Sophie Goelen is a Belgian lawyer who graduated at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2008. During her legal studies, she went to France to the Université Lille II de Droit et Santé in the framework of the Erasmus program to deepen her knowledge on the different aspects of European law and international criminal law in French.
When her general education in law finished in Belgium, she decided to enroll herself in the IELPO LL.M. program at the University of Barcelona in pursuit of her further academic interests. There she developed more affinity with the different concerns trade creates. More specifically, she acquired a deep interest in the problems TRIPS has raised over the years. Therefore her research paper dealt with "Genetic resources and the associated traditional knowledge: Instructions for policy makers in the field of trade". She graduated magna cum laude.
Her native language is Dutch. She is fluent in English and French and proficient in Spanish.
Following her IELPO studies, Ms. Goelen first practiced law for one year as an intern at FratiniVergano - European Lawyers, mainly specializing in international trade and EU regulatory matters.
After that, she was an associate for five years at VVGB Lawyers, where her practice focused on international trade, EU competition law and EU regulatory concerns. While working at VVGB, Sophie also completed the EU Competition Law Postgraduate Diploma at King's College London.
Currently, Sophie is working as a Competition Law Counsel at Solvay.
(Last update: September 2015)