The IAPSS Student Research Committee on EU Law and Politics gathers international students interested in European Union dynamics as well as its neighbourhood’s functional network. It aims to bring together students, researchers, practitioners within the field in order to discuss ideas, debate practical EU matters and come up with common projects and expertise which can be easily accessed. Among the current issues that we are currently focused on, we include: EU relations with the Middle Eastern region, Judicial Politics in the European Union, EU’s position towards contemporary challenges such climate change and refugee crisis and EU’s contribution to the international and domestic legislature.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further inquiries or possibilities for collaboration (e-mail: european.politics.src@gmail.com).


Jessica Klemeier, Chair of the SRC

Jessica (25) received her BA in International Politics and History from the Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. As part of her Jessica Klemeierstudies, she completed an internship at the German Embassy in Riga, Latvia, where she became interested in the topic of Baltic Germans. Therefore, her Bachelor thesis focused on the experiences of Baltic Germans and their integrating process arriving in Germany in the first years following World War II. Currently, Jessica is a graduate student at the University of Bologna in Italy where she studies International Relations with a focus on European Affairs. The topic of her Master thesis deals with the impact of Euroscepticism and the Brexit vote in the 2017 elections in France and the Netherlands, two of the founding member of the EU.

Research areas/further research interest:

Further research topics and interest include European values and European identity, European integration in a post-Brexit world, and EU and migration. The European Union has simultaneously been fighting different crises over the last years. For Jessica, a credible, unified and understandable EU is crucial not only a player in international politics but especially for its own citizens. Therefore, it is her aim to explore the root causes for the mistrust in the European institutions and developing ideas to change these causes.

Dimitrios Apostolopoulos

Dimitrios ApostolopoulosDimitrios Apostolopoulos is a graduate of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Athens (Distinction, 1st in class) and holder of a MSc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics (merit). His dissertation “Did the euro block structural reforms in the periphery? The case of Greece and Portugal (1990-2010)” received an upper merit, while he was invited as a guest speaker (under a similar topic) to the research symposium “Greek and European Economic Crisis”, organized by the Hellenic University Association for European Studies (under the auspices of the Jean Monnet center of Excellence) in Athens, to present his research. Recently, he graduated from the MSc. in Sustainable Development, SPRU-University of Sussex (Distinction). In his dissertation he performed a “Structural Analysis of the Eurozone periphery: some theoretical and empirical considerations”. He participated in research seminars, summer schools and field researches of the Universities of Athens, London (LSE) and Munich (LMU). For his academic performance he received awards from the Universities of Athens and Sussex and he was beneficiary of scholarships from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. His research interests include the study of the EMU, structural change, economic diplomacy, poverty and inequality and, more recently, the economics of innovation, national systems of innovation and global value chains. He speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. He briefly worked at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Directorate of Economic Relations. 

Luigi Cino

Luigi CinoCurrently a PhD Candidate at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), jointly with the Universities of Pisa, Florence and Siena, Luigi Cino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florence and a Master’s Degree cum laude in International Relations from LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome. He completed two exchange semesters abroad, at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) and in Morocco, at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat. He later obtained a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus (Warsaw), and spent a period of traineeship at the “European Commission for Democracy through Law” (aka Venice Commission), at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France).

His main research interest is the European Union’s External Action towards Neighbouring Countries of North Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, in particular concerning the process of Democracy Promotion. He contributes to the webzine AffarInternazionali of the Rome-based think-thank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Somia Tasneem

Somia TasneemSomia Tasneem received her M-Phil and Master’s degree (with distinction) in Pakistan from Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) Pakistan. She is serving as a Lecturer (on study leave) in the Department of History and Pakistan in GCUF and was granted an overseas PhD scholarship under the Faculty Development Programme. Currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, her research focuses on the role of the EU as a Parliamentary Democracy Promoter in Pakistan. Her areas of interest include federalism, ethnic nationalism, foreign policy of Pakistan, and the EU democracy promotion.


Andreea C. Apostol

Andreea C. ApostolAndreea was born in Romania and studied International Relations at Danubius University of Galati and Kadir Has University of Istanbul. Her research areas include: Turkish Foreign Policy, Black Sea regional relations, East Europe’s current dynamics and post-communist development.

Her previous professional practice includes: Kadir Has University of Istanbul, Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Turkey), Transparency International Bucharest branch, C.A.E.S.A.R. Foundation in Bucharest, Centre for Turkey Studies and Research Turkey, both London based, Journalists and Writers Foundation in Turkey (organisation with ECOSOC consultative status), OneEurope, European Student Think Tank and Centre for International and European Studies in Turkey.  She was nominated among the Top 5 Erasmus Students of the Year in Romania (2013-2014 academic year) and she was 2015’s Honorary Citizen in Galati.

Panagiotis Samatas

Panagiotis SamatasPanagiotis (Panos), 24, received his bachelor’s degree (top 5% of his class) in European and International Studies from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His thesis focused on the political, economic and geopolitical impact of Arab Spring examining also the importance of the European Union’s contribution during these political changes. He has held internships at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Institute of International Economic Relations, a think tank  based in Athens. Except of Greek (native language) he speaks English and Italian. His main areas of scientific interests are International Relations, Diplomacy, the dynamics of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, the ENP policy and the significance of Political Islam on the transformation of the B-MENA region’s status quo.