Gert-Jan van Hegelsom

Gert-Jan van Hegelsom was born at Eindhoven, Netherlands, on 12 August 1955. He followed primary and secondary schooling education in Belgium and Luxembourg. He read law at Leyden University (specialised in Public International Law) and graduated in 1980 (LLM equivalent). He performed his military service as a reserve officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy, lecturing on public international law issues at the Naval War College in Den Helder and developing operational training modules. He joined the Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a junior legal adviser in 1981. His latest assignment was Head of the Department of International and Legal Policy Affairs of that Directorate, a position that he held from 1994 till February 2001. He joined the external relations Team of the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union in March 2001. He is the dedicated Legal Adviser to the Director-General of the European Union Military Staff and the Representative of the Council Legal Service to the European Union Military Committee.

Mr van Hegelsom is a graduate of the NATO Defence College (Course 68) and holds the Diploma (Public International Law) of the Hague Academy of International Law. He lectured at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis as a visiting Professor in 1995-1996. He has published on legal aspects of military operations.

Mr van Hegelsom is married to Ingrid de Bree and has one son, Maarten.