Ernst Hirsch Ballin (1950) is affiliated to the university as a distinguished university professor and held – with exception of his years in government – since 1981 a chair for Public Law at the Law School of Tilburg University.  Since October 2020, he is the vice dean for research of Tilburg Law School. Until becoming emeritus professor as of November 2020, he was part-time chair of Human Rights Law at the University of Amsterdam and President of the Asser Institute for International and European Law.  He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Advisory Council for International Affairs. His academic work was interrupted when he served as Minister of Justice (1989-1994 and 2006-2010) and Minister of Interior of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (2010). From 2000-2006 he was a member of the Council of State and since 2003 the chair of the Council’s administrative jurisdiction division. 


Dutch, European and comparative Constitutional Law, human rights law, methodology of legal research.

Recent publications

  1. Ontwikkeling van de internationale rechtsorde bevorderen

    Hirsch Ballin, E. (2022). Ontwikkeling van de internationale rechtsorde bevorderen. Christen Democratische Verkenningen, 2022(1), 56-62.
  2. Peace and justice

    Hirsch Ballin, E. (2022). Peace and justice. Tilburg University.
  3. Recht doorgronden - Keuze uit wetenschappelijk werk over publiekrecht…

    Hirsch Ballin, E. (2022). Recht doorgronden: Keuze uit wetenschappelijk werk over publiekrecht, rechtsstaat en beleid 1993-2021. Boom juridisch.
  4. Trust beyond borders - Selected papers on the significance of human r…

    Hirsch Ballin, E. (2022). Trust beyond borders: Selected papers on the significance of human rights and the rule of law. Eleven Publishers.
  5. Uitleg van de Grondwet - Studenteneditie

    Hirsch Ballin, E., Janse de Jonge, E. J., & Leenknegt, G-J. (Eds.) (2022). Uitleg van de Grondwet: Studenteneditie. (2nd fully revised ed.) Boom juridisch.

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