Ernst Hirsch Ballin
1979 …2023

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Research interests

My most recent publications incude a book in the domain of political philosphy and constutional theory, entitled 'Waakzaam burgerschap: Vertrouwen in democratie en rechtsstat herwinnen' (Amsterdam: Querido Facto 2022) and a monography including my farewell address at Tilburg University, entitled 'Peace and Justice', New projects are part of the working program of the Scientific Council for Government Police (Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid).

Swelections of my publications which appeared between 1991 and 2021 were published in two collections, entitled 'Trust Beyond Borders. Selected Papers on the Significance of Human Rights and the Rule of Law' (Eleven Publishers, The Hague 2022) and 'Recht doorgronden, Keuze uit wetenschappelijk werk over publiekrecht, rechtsstaat en beleid' (Boom juridisch, Den Haag 2022).  

In 2020, I published at Edward Elgar an innovative 'Advanced Introduction to Legal Research Methods'. Together with Teun Jaspers and André Knottnerus, I edited and co-authored a collection of essays on the future of social security in the Netherlands, published at Boom juridsisch in 2021.

The long-standing flagship project of the Tilburg University Department of Public Law and Governance  "Commentaar op de Grondwet", formerly edited by Alis Koekkoek, now continued by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Eric Janse de Jonge en Gert-Jan Leenknegt, has since five years been available as a web publication in open access and was in 2021 published by Boom juridisch as a book, entitled "Uitleg van de Grondwet".

A new English language flagship project is the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law, founded by Ernst Hirsch Ballin and Gerhard van der Schyff, and is published by Asser Press with Springer.



Member of the government of the Netherlands 1989-1994, 2006-2010

Minister of Justice (November 1989-May 1994 in the third Lubbers government, September 2006 - February 2007 in the third Balkenende government, and February 2007- October 2010 in the fourth Balkenende government)

Minister of Netherlands Antillean and Aruban Affairs (November 1989-May 1994 in the third Lubbers government)

Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Affairs (Februari - October 2010 in the fourth Balkenende government)

Judge 1995-1989, 1995-2006

Council of State (Council Member 2000-2006, President of the Judicial Division 2003-2006)

Administrative Court for Social Security and the Civil Service (Centrale Raad van Beroep, deputy member 1983-1989 and 1995-2006)

Member of Parliament

Senate (Eerste Kamer, June 1995 - June 1999, June 1999 - October 2000), and on behalf of the Senate: Chair of the Standing Committee for the Ministry of Justice (1999-2000), Member of the Convention for the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (1999-2000) and Deputy Member of the North Atlantic Assembly (1995-2000)

Chamber of Deputies (Tweede Kamer, May 1994 - June 1995)



Chair of Dutch and European Constitutional Law (Tilburg University, 2011-end 2021), Distinguished University Professor

Chair of Human Rights Law (University of Amsterdam, 2011-end 2020)

Chair of International Law (part-time/honorary, Tilburg University 1994-2006)

Chair of Constitutional and Administrative Law (Tilburg University, 1981-1989)


Other (selection)

President of the board, Catholic University for Theology, Utrecht (1999-2006, now merged with Tilburg University)

Vice-chair of the Catholic Radio and Television Organisation (KRO, 1996-2000)

Vice-chair of the Strategy committee of the Christian-democratic party (Strategisch beraad, 1994-1996)

Royal Commissioner for the Review of Legislation Projects (1987-1989)

Chair of the Government advisory committee for relations with the religious institutions  (Overheid, godsdienst en levensbeschouwing, 1987-1989)

Vice-chair of the Government advisory committee for general rules of administrative law (Algemene regels van bestuursrecht, 1983-1989)



Doctorate (May 1979, University of Amsterdam, cum laude)

LL.M. (January 1974, University of Amsterdam, cum laude)

Gymnasium A (June 1968, Het Amsterdams Lyceum)



Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau (2022)

Honorary Member of the Advisory Council for International Affairs (2022)

Officer in the Légion d'Honneur (2014)

Award of honour of the Dutch Lawyers Association (NJV-prijs, 2014)

Adriaan Borst Award (Christian Social Congress, 2012)

Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau (2010)

Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion (Nederlandse Leeuw, 1994)

G.A. van Poelje Award of the Association for Public Administration (Vereniging voor Bestuurskunde, 1980)

Several other foreign royal and presidential decorations 


PhD supervision

PhD dissertations supervised:


5 juni 1987 - A.F.M. Brenninkmeijer

20 mei1988 - R.M. van Male

29 september 1988 - J.P. de Jong

22 september 1989 - P.H. Banda

30 augustus 1990 - C.P.J. Goorden

1 juli 1991 - M.H. Kobussen

1 oktober 1991 - J.J.H. Wiggers

7 juni 1993 - Ph. Eijlander

5 juli 1993 - P.J.J. Zoontjens

16 december 1994 - H.A.M. Backx

13 januari 1995 - A.J.C. de Moor-van Vugt

8 september 1995 - G. Overkleeft-Verburg

16 juni 1997 - M.L.P. van Houten

18 mei 2001 - A.K. Meijknecht

7 november 2003 - C.R.J.J. Rijken

3 juni 2005 - P.L.G. van Velzen (overgenomen van Alis Koekkoek)

21 april 2006 - J.M.F. Spierings

12 mei 2006 - A.G. Croes

16 juni 2006 - Th.B.F.M. Brinkel

13 oktober 2006 - R.M. Schnitker

15 april 2008 - R.A.J. Steenvoorde

19 november 2014 - H.A. Post

11 december 2017 - H. Zhai

20 december 2019 - Leesi Ebenezer Mitee

9 juni 2021 - Lisa Roodenburg (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

23 juni 2021 - Eva van Vugt

22 september 2021 - Miha Marčenko (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

14 juni 2022 - Caia Vlieks


External positions

Chair (Octavia van Breemen Stichting)

1 May 2018 → …

Advisory member (Wetenschapelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid)

1 Jul 20141 Jul 2023

Chair (Stichting Instituut GAK)

1 Jul 20141 Jul 2024

Chair (Stichting Achmea Foundation)

1 Jan 201413 Sept 2021

Member (Adviesraad Internationale vraagstukken)

1 Feb 201231 Dec 2021

Vice-chair of the association and board member related foundations (Vereniging Achmea en gerelateerde stichtingen)

1 Aug 201130 Apr 2023

Chair (Anne Frank Stichting)

1 Apr 201131 Dec 2023


  • Rule Of Law
  • European Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Citizenship
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Research Methodology


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