Sarah Schoenmaekers (S.L.T.)
Sarah Schoenmaekers’ principal area of interest is the future of European integration. She is specialized in European public procurement law and the free movement of EU nationals (particularly the recognition of diplomas).
Sarah Schoenmaekers graduated at the European Law School of Maastricht University in 2005. In October of that same year she successfully passed for the Aptitude Test organised by the Examination Committee of the Flemish Bar Association in Brussels. Since 2006 she is a practising lawyer in Belgium (Advocaat).
In 2010 Sarah Schoenmaekers defended her PhD dissertation entitled: 'The Regulation of Architects in Belgium and the Netherlands. A Comparative Analysis.' Her thesis contains an analysis of the profession of architect in both countries (public law), an analysis of the free movement of architects (EU law), an analysis of the contractual responsibilities of architects (private law) and a law and economics analysis to determine which set of regulations is most efficient.
From 2009-2012 Sarah Schoenmaekers worked as a lecturer at Maastricht University. She was a lecturer at the Centre for European Studies in Maastricht in 2010-2011. In 2013 she became an assistant professor at Maastricht University. Since 2010 she is also a visiting professor at Hasselt University (Belgium). In 2013-2014 Sarah was working as a Post-Doc academic researcher at the Open University of Heerlen (Netherlands) in the field of European law.
Sarah Schoenmaekers publishes frequently on European integration issues in European and national journals. She focusses on European public procurement, competition law, building law and free movement (e.g. diploma recognition) -> see online publication list. Her practical experience as a Belgian lawyer allows her to create a bridge between business and academia. She has also edited several books.
Sarah Schoenmaekers has been very successful in acquiring public money for research and teaching projects (funds). She has acquired a Jean Monnet module for setting up the course 'State aid and Public Procurement in the European Union' of which she is the course coordinator. She has been the project leader of a CEDEFOP project entitled 'The role of qualifications in governing professions and occupations' and was a core member of the team that successfully applied for a tender organised by the European Commission leading to a 'Study evaluation the legal framework for the free movement of lawyers against market and regulatory developments in the single market'.
Sarah frequently publishes on European integration and public procurement in (inter)national journals, has edited two books and has organised several conferences. She has been successful in acquiring public money and has acquired a Jean Monnet module for setting up the course 'State aid and Public Procurement in the EU'. She has been the project leader of a CEDEFOP research project on 'The role of qualifications in governing professions and occupations' and was a core member of the team that successfully applied for a European Commission's tender on the 'Evaluation of the legal framework for the free movement of lawyers'. She was also highly involved in the application leading to the establishment of ITEM, the Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross Border Cooperation and Mobility.
Sarah regularly speaks at international congresses. She was invited to speak at a public hearing of the European Parliament on the new Diploma Directive. She lectured about European procurement in Oslo, Nottingham, London, St.Gallen, Torino and was invited to speak at the World Bank in Washington and at George Washington University. She also presentend in New York, Thessaloníki and Hamminkeln and chaired workshops in Maastricht and Torino.
Since 2017 Sarah is the programme coordinator of the Master Programmes 'European Law School' and 'International Laws' of Maastricht University.
As a member of several commissions, committees, working groups and task forces (Beroepscommissie Beroepsopleiding Orde van Vlaamse Balies, Campusoverleg KUL-UM-UHasselt, CERIM, MCEL, METRO, MACIMIDE, Ius Commune, examination committees) Sarah Schoenmaekers has developed important management, social and communication skills and is a visible member of the academic and professional community.
At Maastricht and Hasselt University Sarah Schoenmaekers is the coordinator of several courses such as 'State aid and Public Procurement in the European Union', 'Internationaal en Europees recht' and 'Practicum 4: Moot Court'. In 2014 she was co-coach of the winning team of the ELMC (European Law Moot Court Competition) that took place in Luxemburg.