Young entrepreneur Lavinia Cupello discovered the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme through a recommendation from her EYE's Local Conact point. She decided to participate after completing her second Master's degree in International Human Rights Law and wanted to put her knowledge and experience in this field into practise. The host entrepreneur, Gerard Jonkman, heads the Rights Forum, a non-profit organisation in the Netherlands that focuses on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Through the exchange, both parties hoped to gain knowledge and skills to expand their organisations. Lavinia was looking for practical experience in the non-profit human rights sector, while Gerard was looking for knowledge about international law and new experience in that field.
During her time at The Rights Forum, Lavinia worked on many
legal cases involving violations of international law and applying the
jurisprudence of various international tribunals. She was also able to develop
her skills in organising work on a daily basis and working as part of a team in
the field of human rights legal advice. During the exchange, she gained
practical experience in all these areas and was able to broaden her knowledge
and learn about the practical side of business management, while the host
entrepreneur benefited from Lavinia's skills in successfully managing legal
The collaboration has been very successful as Lavinia has
developed her skills in legal advice and practise in the field of human rights.
She and Gerard have developed a very close collaborative relationship that will continue after the exchange.
Thanks to Lavinia's previous experience, the host entrepreneur has also gained
knowledge about international institutions and the functioning of such
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:Dublin Chamber of Commerce
(Dublin) Host entrepreneur's contact point:Quarter Mediation
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