Nathalie Meurens is a Belgian lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of Belgian, EU and international law. She joined Milieu in 2011 as a legal advisor, having previously assisted Milieu as an independent legal consultant. As a project manager she has experience in quality assurance and managing multi-countries projects and, as legal expert, she has been involved in researching and analysing national implementation of EU law and cross-border issues.
Her recent projects as project manager and/or legal expert include: Study to collect data on children’s involvement in judicial proceedings (DG Justice); Member States policies for children with disabilities (European Parliament); Cost of non-Europe report on codification of passenger rights (European Parliament); Evaluation of EU rules on free movement of EU citizens and their family members and their practical implementation (DG Justice); as well as various conformity studies on the implementation EU Directives.
Before Milieu, Nathalie worked as a legal counsel (avocat) at the Brussels office of an international law firm. She was a trainee at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg and has completed internships with the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations, the New York office of Human Rights Watch, a micro-credit NGO based in Ecuador called Fondo de Desarrollo Microempresarial and the New York office of Global Policy Forum working on UN policies monitoring.
Nathalie obtained her law degree from Universite Catholique de Louvain, holds a Master’s Degree in European law from Leicester University and a Master of Law with international law focus from the University of Toronto. Between 2009 and 2010, Nathalie studied international affairs and human rights at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs.
During her studies, Nathalie carried out research on: the impact of UN Security Council resolutions on human rights obligations; on European intellectual property issues; on the intersect of the right to water and international trade regulations - on which she completed her Master’s thesis.
Languages: French, English, Dutch and Spanish