Published On: Thu, Jul 10th, 2014

Fourteenth VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Thesis Prize awarded

Van Eps KunnemanWILLEMSTAD - Graduation day at the Law Faculty of the University of Curaçao late June was even more festive for master student Andrea Geerlof. She won the 14th edition of the VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Thesis Prize. Attorney Willemieke Princée did the honors and awarded Andrea with the prize, consisting of a check and a certificate as a permanent memento. The winning thesis was selected by a committee that was specifically appointed for this purpose. They reviewed the master theses submitted based on the criteria of legal quality, creativity, innovation and current interest.

The university selected eight theses for the prize, all graded 8 or higher. Eventually, the special committee nominated four of them. Beside the one of Andrea, the theses of Naomi Cairo, Richeline Joe and Monique Bouman were nominated. The winning thesis addresses the termination of the statutory share in Curaçao. The statutory share is a part of the assets of a deceased which can be claimed by heirs succeeding to the estate, often the children of the deceased, even if the deceased disinherited them in whole or in part in his last will.

Willemieke Princée explains: “With the VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Thesis Prize, we reward students whose graduation research has added value both scientifically and socially. Andrea’s thesis stood out because it is of current interest and innovative. Andrea dares to think outside the box. We were very impressed!”

Andrea adds: “A law degree provides broad possibilities for a career, and I am not sure yet what the future will bring. But my graduation research has taught me that I enjoy questioning and analyzing the different opinions that law often raises. That the thesis resulting from this research has been rewarded with a 9 and the VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne Thesis Prize motivates me to choose the right one from all the possible career paths!”

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