Mrs. J.E. (Jacobine) van den Brink studied Dutch law at the University of Utrecht. In September 2002 she graduated cum laude in the specializations Constitutional and Administrative Law, European Law and Taxation Law. After her studies Jacobine worked for five years at the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State. From 1 September 2007 to 1 January 2012 Jacobine was a PhD student at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law of the University of Leiden supervised by Professor Willemien den Ouden. In December 2012 she will obtain her doctorate with a thesis on "The implementation of European subsidy schemes in the Netherlands". Since 1 January 2012 she is working as a researcher at the University of Leiden. In addition she is seconded for two days a week to the Dutch Council of State as an advisor on the impact of EU law.