TEPSA Staff – old

TEPSA’s Secretariat General is composed of:


Jean-Paul Jacq

Secretary General

Overall coordination of TEPSA, representation

Professor at the College of Europe since 1988. Director, Legal Service of the Council of the European Union. Doctorate in Law. Professor at the Law and Political Science Faculty, Strasbourg (1978); Visiting Professor at the Universities of Barcelona, Louvain, Lisbon, Madrid, Santiago du Chili. Director of the Institut des Hautes Etudes Européennes, Strasbourg (1974-1977); Dean of the Law and Political Science Faculty, Strasbourg (1977-1981); President of the University Robert Schuman, Strasbourg (1983-1990); Secretary-General of the International Institute for Human Rights – René Cassin Foundation (1990-1992). Author of books and articles on Administrative Law and Administration, International Law, European Law.


Mirte van den Berge

Executive Director

Europe for citizens, EP Briefings, TEPSA brief

Mirte van den Berge holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University, where she specialised in International Relations and European Integration. Before joining TEPSA she has worked at the European Studies Programme of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. At Clingendael she has contributed to research and consultancy projects and organised training courses on the EU for civil servants from EU member states and accession countries, as well as international seminars and conferences aimed at policy-makers and academics.Her areas of interest include EU institution; the national coordination of EU decision-making processes; governance and better regulation; and justice and home affairs policies.


Laura Ventura

Project Officer

As TEPSA’s Project Officer, Laura Ventura participates in the project management of various TEPSA activities (roundtable conferences, guest lectures, pre-presidency conferences etc..). She is involved in TEPSA research projects and briefings on human rights and democracy while working closely with the members institutes, in order to promote visibility in Brussels and ensure relevant contacts with policy-makers. Her fields of research interests include social policy and development policy.Holding a Master’s degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain, Laura has been working in Brussels for more than four years in different public membership organisations like the North East England Office in Brussels, QeC-ERAN and as stagiaire at the European Commission, DG EMPL.


Marine Jacob


Marine Jacob holds a double master’s degree in External Relations of the European Union and in Human Rights Law from the College of Europe (Poland) and the University of Saint Louis (Belgium) respectively. Previously, she had graduated from the Free University of Brussels where she studied Political Science and European Politics until 2009. During her studies, she gained work experience at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and at the European Economic and Social Committee. Her fields of research interests include EU foreign policy, asylum and immigration policy, and development policy. Marine will stay with us until the end of September and will provide general support to the TEPSA Secretariat notably in the organization of conferences.marine.jacob[at]tepsa.be


Andreas Raspotnik

Marie Curie EXACT Researcher

Andreas Raspotnik holds a Bachelor degree in History and a Master’s degree (Mag. Phil) in Political Science from the University of Vienna, Austria. He absolved his second Master’s degree in International Law (LL.M in Law of the Sea) at the University of Tromsø, Norway. During his studies, Andreas gained relevant work experience as an Editorial Assistant at the Department for International News at the Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation ORF and interned at the Austrian Embassy in Berlin. After graduation from the University of Vienna, he also worked for an Austrian MEP at the European Parliament, focusing on domestic security and data protection and budgetary control.Participating in the Marie Curie ITN on EU External Action (EXACT) since October 2011, Andreas’ dissertation discusses the European Union’s role and engagement in the Arctic region.His research interests additionally include the regional interrelation of security, energy and environmental/climate policy, the law of the sea and Norway as an Arctic actor.Andreas regularly contributes to The Arctic Institute, an interdisciplinary and independent source for information and in-depth analysis about the developments in the Arctic region.Andreas.Raspotnik[at]tepsa.be