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Ernst Hirsch Ballin
Ernst Hirsch Ballin in 2013
Member of the Scientific
Council for Government Policy
In office
1 July 2014 – 1 April 2019
Director
See list
  • André Knottnerus (2014–2017)
    Corien Prins (2017–2019)
Minister of the Interior
and Kingdom Relations
In office
23 February 2010 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byGuusje Ter Horst
Succeeded byPiet Hein Donner
Member of the Council of State
In office
1 November 2000 – 22 September 2006
Vice PresidentHerman Tjeenk Willink
Member of the Senate
In office
13 June 1995 – 1 November 2000
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 May 1994 – 1 June 1995
Parliamentary groupChristian Democratic Appeal
Minister of the Interior
In office
10 January 1994 – 18 January 1994
Ad interim
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byIen Dales
Succeeded byEd van Thijn
Minister for Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba Affairs
In office
14 November 1989 – 27 May 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byRuud Lubbers (Ad interim)
Succeeded byRuud Lubbers
Minister of Justice
In office
22 September 2006 – 14 October 2010
Prime MinisterJan Peter Balkenende
Preceded byRita Verdonk (Ad interim)
Succeeded byIvo Opstelten
as Minister of Security
and Justice
In office
7 November 1989 – 27 May 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byFrits Korthals Altes
Succeeded byAad Kosto
Personal details
Born
Ernst Maurits Henricus Hirsch

(1950-12-15) 15 December 1950 (age 71)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1982)
Spouse(s)
Maria Koppe
(m. 1977)
Children2 sons
Parent(s)
ResidenceTilburg, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Doctor of Law)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Researcher · Nonprofit director · Academic administrator · Lobbyist · Editor · Author · Professor

Ernst Maurits Henricus Hirsch Ballin (born 15 December 1950) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist.

After the election of 1989 Hirsch Ballin was appointed as Minister of Justice in the Cabinet Lubbers III, taking office on 7 November 1989. Hirsch Ballin was also appointed as Minister for Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Affairs, taking office on 14 November 1989. Hirsch Ballin served as acting Minister of the Interior from 10 January 1994 until 18 January 1994 following the death of Ien Dales. Hirsch Ballin was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election of 1994, taking office on 17 May 1994. On 27 May 1994 Hirsch Ballin and Minister of the Interior Ed van Thijn resigned following the conclusions of a parliamentary inquiry report into illegal interrogation techniques used by the police. Hirsch Ballin also served again as a professor of International law at the Tilburg University from 1 July 1994 until 22 September 2006 and also as a professor of Jurisprudence at the Tilburg University from 1 September 1996 until 22 September 2006. Hirsch Ballin was elected as a Member of the Senate after the Senate election of 1995, he resigned as a Member of the House of Representatives on 1 June 1995 and was installed as a Member of the Senate, taking office on 13 June 1995. In October 2000 Hirsch Ballin was nominated as Member of the Council of State, he resigned as a Member of the Senate the same day he was installed as a Member of the Council of State, taking office on 1 November 2000. Hirsch Ballin was appointed again as Minister of Justice in the Cabinet Balkenende III following the resignation of Piet Hein Donner, taking office on 22 September 2006. Shortly thereafter Hirsch Ballin announced that he would not stand for the election of 2006. Following the cabinet formation of 2006 Hirsch Ballin continued as Minister of Justice in the Cabinet Balkenende IV, taking office on 22 February 2007. The Cabinet Balkenende IV fell on 20 February 2010 after tensions in the coalition over the extension of the Dutch involvement in the Task Force Urozgan of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity with Hirsch Ballin continuing as Minister of Justice and also took over as Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, taking office on 23 February 2010. In April 2010 Hirsch Ballin announced that he would not stand for the election of 2010. Following the cabinet formation of 2010 Hirsch Ballin was not giving a cabinet post in the new cabinet, the Cabinet Balkenende IV was replaced by the Cabinet Rutte I on 14 October 2010.

Hirsch Ballin semi-retired from active politics and became active in the public sector and occupied numerous seats as a nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (Institute for Multiparty Democracy, European Christian Political Foundation, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Carnegie Foundation, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, National Archives, Cordaid and the Anne Frank Foundation) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Scientific Council for Government Policy, Probation Agency and Public Pension Funds APB) and as an advocate and lobbyist for Human rights, Anti-war movement, Social justice and Democracy. Hirsch Ballin also returned as a distinguished professor of Constitutional law and European law at the Tilburg University since 1 April 2011 and as a distinguished professor of Human rights at the University of Amsterdam since 1 May 2011. Hirsch Ballin is also a prolific author, having written more than sixty books since 1979 about Politics, Democracy and Law.

Hirsch Ballin is known for his abilities as a manager and policy wonk. Hirsch Ballin continues to comment on political affairs as of 2022 and holds the distinction as the longest-serving Minister of Justice with 8 years, 223 days.

Biography

Early life

Hirsch Ballin was born to a Jewish father Prof. Dr. Ernst Danny Hirsch Ballin, and a Roman Catholic mother. After completing his secondary education, he studied law at the University of Amsterdam and became a practicing Catholic.

He graduated in 1974, and he received a Master of Laws degree. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1979 for his dissertation on public law and policy, which focussed on fundamental issues surrounding the work of the Advisory Council on Government Policy (WRR).

Hirsch Ballin was a research assistant in constitutional law at the University of Amsterdam from 1974 to 1977. He was subsequently employed as a legal officer at the Ministry of Justice. In 1981 he was appointed professor of constitutional and administrative law at Tilburg University.

Politics

Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Prime Minister Dries van Agt and professor Gerard van Veldhoven during a meeting at the Catshuis on 20 October 1982.
Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Prime Minister Dries van Agt and professor Gerard van Veldhoven during a meeting at the Catshuis on 20 October 1982.

From 7 November 1989 to 27 May 1994 Hirsch Ballin served as Minister of Justice and Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers III. In 1994 he offered his resignation, after turmoil about the Dutch Criminal Investigation Department.

After the Cabinet Kok I with a coalition of the Dutch Labour Party, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and Democrats 66 came to power the Christian Democratic Appeal was pushed to the opposition and Hirsch Ballin became a Member of the House of Representatives a post he held until 1995.

During this period he was also professor of legislative issues at the Tilburg University. In 1995 he was appointed professor of international law at the same university and later became Member of the Senate. He was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.[1] In 2000 Hirsch Ballin was appointed to the Dutch Council of State and he resigned as a Member of the Senate.

Hirsch Ballin has held numerous other positions, among them government commissioner for the review of legislation, member of the Board of the Netherlands Atlantic Association, member of Committee 2004 (for the relationship between the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba) and deputy justice on the Central Appeals Tribunal and the Administrative Court for Trade and Industry. He has been editor of the Dutch administrative law journal "Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Bestuursrecht" and the book series European and International Law.

On 23 May 2008 satirical cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot was arrested which caused (inter)national controversy.[2] Hirsch Ballin wanted to pass a bill on blasphemy, but failed. He was accused of causing the cartoonist to be brought to court for blasphemy to get a verdict to bypass the parliament.

Hirsch Ballin is also an active member of the Justice Leadership Initiative.[3]

Family

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is married; he and his wife have two children.

Decorations

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre Holy See 10 December 1990
Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 8 October 1994
Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 21 March 2008
Officer of the Legion of Honour France 30 October 2014
Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 April 2019 Elevated from Officer (3 December 2010)

References

  1. ^ "Ernst Hirsch Ballin". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot opgepakt, RTL Nieuws
  3. ^ "Ernst Hirsch Ballin - Justice Leadership". justiceleaders.org.
Official
Political offices Preceded byFrits Korthals Altes Minister of Justice 1989–1994 2006–2010 Succeeded byAad Kosto Preceded byRita Verdonk Ad interim Succeeded byIvo Opstelten as Minister of Security and Justice Preceded byRuud Lubbers Ad interim Minister for Suriname and Netherlands Antilles Affairs 1989–1994 Succeeded byRuud Lubbers Preceded byIen Dales Minister of the Interior Ad interim 1994 Succeeded byEd van Thijn Preceded byGuusje Ter Horst Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations 2010 Succeeded byPiet Hein Donner Non-profit organization positions Preceded bySijbolt Noorda President of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut 2012–present Incumbent Preceded byFrans Slangen Chairman of the Supervisory board of Cordaid 2013–2018 Succeeded byTon Heerts Preceded byWim Kok Chairman of the Supervisory board of the Anne Frank Foundation 2017–present Incumbent