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    5037 DE Tilburg


1985 …2019
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Personal profile

Research interests

Current research

My current and recent research projects focus on questions of Dutch and European constitutional law in a human rights perspective. They include:

  • an e-booklet on the significance of the constitutional revision of 1917 in The Netherlands and its actual impact on education;
  • publications on citizenship, including an article on citizenship and territoriality, to be published in the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2016,;
  • an article on Rule of law oversight in the European Union, ;
  • the methodological introduction to the new edition, co-edited with Gert-Jan Leenknegt, of the commentary on the Dutch constitution written by specialists from Tilburg Law School and sister law schools, published on our website Nederland Rechtsstaat;
  • a book on personalities whose courageous defense of human dignity brings hope even in the most difficult times,, published by Querido.



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

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

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

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



Editor and member of the editorial board of several legal journals and series

Professor of Dutch and European Constitutional Law (Tilburg University, 2011-2016)

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

Professor 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)



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


Advanced Constitutional and Administrative Law

At present, this course will only be offered in Dutch.

Current courses

Click here for my courses.

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

External positions

Chair (Octavia van Breemen Stichting)

1 May 2018 → …

Member (Wetenschapelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid)

1 Jul 2014 → …

Chair (Stichting Instituut GAK)

1 Jul 2014 → …

Chair (Stichting Achmea Foundation)

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2023

Member (Adviesraad Internationale vraagstukken)

1 Feb 2012 → …

Vice-chair of the Board (Vereniging Achmea en gerelateerde stichtingen)

1 Aug 2011 → …

Chair (Anne Frank Stichting)

1 Apr 20111 Apr 2021

Professor (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

1 Apr 201131 Dec 2020


  • Rule Of Law
  • European Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Citizenship
  • Human Rights

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Research Output 1985 2019

De staatstaak inzake migratie op weg naar 2030

Hirsch Ballin, E., Mar 2019, In : Journaal Vreemdelingenrecht. 18, 1, p. 24-31 8 p., 4.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelen en mensenrechten: Een noodzakelijk verbond

Jägers, N., Hoop scheffer, de, J., Voorhoeve, J., Cleiren, C. P. M., Gupta, J., van Reisen, M., Middelaar, van, L. J., Sie Dhian Ho, M., Urlings, M., Hirsch Ballin, E., Arts, K., Berger, M., Donders, Y., Gerards, J. H., Hamburger, A. P., Heerts, A. J. M., van der Hoeven, R., Lawson, K., Monteiro, M., Myjer, B. E. P. & 5 othersOpschoor, J. B., Schermer, B. W., Tahir, N., Verrijn Stuart, H. M. & Dekker, R., 2 Jul 2019, Den Haag: AIV. 82 p. (Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken; vol. 2019, no. 110)

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

Een beschermvrouwe van de rechtsstaat

Hirsch Ballin, E., 2019, Scripta manent: Liber amoricum Ankie Broekers - Knol. Boom Juridische Uitgevers, 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific


Hirsch Ballin, E., 2019, T.M.C. Asser (1838-1913) : 'In Quest of Liberty, Justice, and Peace'. Eyffinger, A. (ed.). Leiden-New York: Brill Nijhoff, p. XXV-XXIX 5 p. (Legal History Library / Studies in the History of International Law; vol. 30, no. 13).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscriptScientific

Open Access

Judicial review of administrative discretion in the administrative state

Lavrijssen, S. (ed.), Hirsch Ballin, E. (ed.) & de Poorter, J. (ed.), 14 Jun 2019, The Hague : Asser Institute. 198 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

Activities 1994 2019

Europa. Sich verstehen. Abend zu Peter und Paul.

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Invited speaker)
29 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Interview: "Niet alleen monddood, maar gewoon dood."

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Participant)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOtherProfessional

Interview over de waarde van werk

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Participant)
Nov 2018

Activity: Other activity typesOtherProfessional

De erfenis van Ruud Lubbers

E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin (Speaker)
15 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationProfessional

Doorleefde democratie; over democratie, rechtsstaat en mensenrechten

E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin (Speaker)
17 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

Projects 1995 2011

Issues, Actors and Governance in International Law

Steenvoorde, R. A. J., van de Donk, W. B. H. J. & Hirsch Ballin, E.


Project: Research project

The Role of Ideals in the Dynamics of Law, Ethics and Politics

Vedder, A. H., de Bonth, M. H. M., Pierik, R. H. M., van Bijsterveld, S. C., Blok, P. H., Hirsch Ballin, E., van den Brink, H. H. A. & van der Burg, W.


Project: Research project

Re-definition and implementation of "traditional" Community instruments

Senden, L. A. J. & Hirsch Ballin, E.


Project: Research project

The Emerging Constitution of the European Union

van Bijsterveld, S. C., Prechal, A., Hancher, L., Hirsch Ballin, E., Larouche, P., Janssen, S. & Oosterom-Staples, H.


Project: Research project

Press / Media

Depolarisatie in Europese politiek dringend nodig

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Ernst Hirsch Ballin over het belang van 1917

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Radio-interview OVT

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Waarom wij allemaal de 'Stille revolutie van 1917' moeten kennen

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De toekomst van Europa

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1 media contribution

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