of the European Union are not only necessary but also binding. The Court has repeatedly emphasised that the VAT systemmust be uniform, especially when financial issues are raised and there is a possibility of their extrapolation into the area governed by criminal law, where there is a suspicion of tax evasion offences. For these reasons, I think it would be useful to create tax legislation that can be interpreted more clearly and predictably. What advice would you give to current law students aspiring to become successful criminal lawyer? Before starting a career in the criminal law, I highly recommend a short career in another lawyer’s office or the court, so that you can have a broad perspective on the whole criminal process. This can also be achieved by assisting or gaining an internship in the court and prosecution structures to gain an indepth understanding of the mechanisms and understanding of the application of criminal law. There is no one formula for success as a lawyer, but there are some important things to keep in mind if you want to pursue this career path. First and foremost, it is essential to have a strong commitment to the fair application of justice. This means not only being passionate about seeking justice in individual cases, but also working to create systemic change that will make your community safer. Secondly, it is important to be a strong advocate for the part you represent. This means being willing to listen to their stories, fight for their rights, and help them seek healing and justice. Finally, it is essential to have excellent legal skills and knowledge. This means staying up-to-date on the latest developments in the law, being able to think critically and solve problems, and having excellent writing and oral advocacy skills. If you can combine all of these things, you will be well on your way to becoming a successful criminal lawyer. Adriana Anca Boghiu “I practice business criminal law and my specialisation is white collar crime. I am a member of the Bucharest Bar Association (Romania) and have the right to practice throughout the European Union. I have extensive experience in tax evasion, money laundering, fraudulent banking, embezzlement, electronic fraud, breach of trust by defrauding creditors, insurance fraud and bid rigging. I am currently paying particular attention to cryptocurrency criminality and cyber criminality. As for my future projects, I want to set up a restorative justice association focusing on victims of human trafficking. Having the ability to apply the perspective of restorative justice in criminal cases would be a great opportunity to improve the way that members of the community voluntarily interact with victims and perpetrators, enabling discussion of the damage that has been done and the consequences of such actions along with identifying the appropriate reparations for the harm caused. I am currently working on a research project that explores the possibility of using such restorative justice principles, and I hope to publish my findings in the near future.” WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM | JUN 2022 88 THOUGHT LEADER - ADRIANA ANCA BOGHIU Before starting a career in the criminal law, I highly recommend a short career in another lawyer’s office or the court.