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Ernst Hirsch Ballin

prof.dr.

  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 424

    5037 DE Tilburg

    Netherlands

1985 …2020
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Personal profile

Research interests

My current and recent research projects focus on questions of Dutch and European constitutional law in a human rights perspective. They include contributions on constitutional challenges for the administrative state and public law in the complex networks of border crossing legal development. Many of these publications are related to the principles of democracies under the rule of law (democratische rechtsstaat) and deal with the relations between politics and the judiciary. The human rights focus of several recent and current research projects includes developments in migration law and citizenship law. 

The long-standing flagship project of the Tilburg University Department of Public Law "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 will in 2020 also be published by Boom juridisch as a book in two volumes, entitled "Uitleg van de Grondwet".

A new English language flagship project is the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law, edited by Ernst Hirsch Ballin , Gerhard van der Schyff, Maarten Stremler and Maartje van der Woude. The first volume (2019) deals with the power of the judiciary and is published by Asser Press with Springer.

Career

Experience

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)

 

Academic

Chair of Dutch and European Constitutional Law (Tilburg University, 2011-mid 2021)

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)

 

Education

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

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

Gymnasium A (June 1968, Het Amsterdams Lyceum)

 

Honors

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 

 

Teaching

Advanced Constitutional and Administrative Law (Verdiepend staats- en bestuursrecht)

Migration and EU Rule of Law

Legal Research Methods (Honours Program TLS)

Constitutionalizing Complexity (Tilburg University College)

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

20 december 2019 - Leesi Ebenezer Mitee

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

Keywords

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

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Research Output 1985 2020

European yearbook of constitutional law 2019: Judicial power: Safeguards and limits in a democratic society

Hirsch Ballin, E. (ed.), van der Schyff, G. (ed.) & Stremler, M. (ed.), 2020, The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press | Springer. (European Yearbook of Constitutional Law ; vol. 2020, no. 1)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientific

Introduction: Safeguards and limits of judicial power

Hirsch Ballin, E., 2020, Judicial power: Safeguards and limits in a democratic society. Hirsch Balin, E., van der Schyff, G. & Stremler, M. (eds.). T.M.C. Asser Press | Springer, p. 3-12 10 p. (European Yearbook of Constitutional Law; vol. 2020, no. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Restoring trust in the rule of law

Hirsch Ballin, E., 2020, Human dignity and human security in times of terrorism. Paulussen, C. & Scheinin, M. (eds.). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press | Springer, p. 27-32 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

constitutional state
terrorism
democracy
society
constitution

Aantekeningen bij een memo van Willem aan het faculteitsbestuur: Literatuur en filosofie ten behoeve van onderwijs over de democratische rechtsstaat

Adams, M. & Hirsch Ballin, E., 2019, Wegen der vrijheid: Liber amicorum voor Willem Witteveen. Elion-Valter, C., van Klink, B. & Taekema, S. (eds.). Den Haag: Boom juridisch, p. 29-38 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Constitutional genealogy of judicial review in the administrative state

Hirsch Ballin, E., 2019, Judicial review of administrative discretion in the administrative state. Lavrijssen, S., Hirsch Ballin, E. & de Poorter, J. (eds.). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press | Springer, p. 27-37 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities 1994 2019

Overweging bij Herdenking ontruiming Kamp Vught

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Invited speaker)
8 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkPopular

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

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Participant)
9 Jan 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOtherProfessional

Interview: 'Elke grens heeft een andere kant'

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Participant)
2019

Activity: Other activity typesOtherProfessional

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Europa. Sich verstehen. Abend zu Peter und Paul.

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Invited speaker)
29 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Toespraak bij de heropening van het Anne Frank Huis

Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Speaker)
19 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

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Projects 1995 2011

Issues, Actors and Governance in International Law

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

8/06/0030/04/08

Project: Research project

Hierarchy of Norms

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

1/01/0031/12/04

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.

1/01/0031/12/04

Project: Research project

Re-definition and implementation of "traditional" Community instruments

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

1/01/001/09/11

Project: Research project

Press / Media

Depolarisatie in Europese politiek dringend nodig

Ernst Hirsch Ballin

26/06/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Interview ‘Elke grens heeft een andere kant’

Ernst Hirsch Ballin

1/09/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Ernst Hirsch Ballin over het belang van 1917

E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin

18/12/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Radio-interview OVT

E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin

10/12/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

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

E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin

18/11/17

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment