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Ernst Maurits Henricus Hirsch Ballin

Ernst Maurits Henricus Hirsch Ballin, Dutch government official. Decorated grand cross Orden del Libertador, grand cross Ordre de la Couronne des Chênes, knight Order of the Dutch Lion, chevalier l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, knight Order of Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem; fellow Institute Globalization and Sustainable Development, Tilburg University. Member of Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Sciences.


  • Ballin, Ernst Maurits Henricus Hirsch was born on December 15, 1950 in Amsterdam. Son of Ernst D. and Maria J.H. (Koppe) Hirsch Ballin.

  • Education

    • Master of Laws cum laude, University Amsterdam, 1974. Doctor cum laude in Law, University Amsterdam, 1979.


    • Research assistant constitutional law University Amsterdam, 1974—1977. Legal advisor Constitutional and Criminal Law branch, Public Law Legislation division Ministry of Justice, 1979-1981. Professor administrative and constitutional law Tilburg University (formerly University Brabant), 1981-1989, professor legislation issues, 1994—1995, professor international law, 1995.

      Minister justice, minister for Netherlands Antillian and Aruban Affairs Government Netherlands, 1989-1994, minister justice, since 2006. Member for Christian Democratic Alliance House of Representatives, 1994-1995. Member parliament First Chamber (Senate), 1995—2000.

      Member Council of State, Netherlands, since 2000, chair administrative jurisdiction division, 2003—2006. Deputy justice Court of Appeal for Administrative Law, Utrecht.


    • Author books. Contributor articles to professional publications.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Member of Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Sciences.


    • Married Pauline Van de Grift, September 21, 1974. Children: Maurits, Marianne.
    • father: Ernst D. Ballin
    • mother: Maria J.H. (Koppe) Hirsch Ballin
    • spouse: Pauline Van de Grift
    • children: Maurits Ballin
    • Marianne Ballin
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    Born December 15, 1950
    (age 66)
    • 1974
      University Amsterdam
    • 1979
      University Amsterdam
    • 1974 - 1977
      Research assistant, constitutional law University Amsterdam
    • 1979 - 1981
      legal advisor, Constitutional and Criminal Law branch
    • 1989 - 1994
      minister justice
    • 1994 - 1995
      member, for Christian Democratic Alliance House of Representatives
    • 1995
      member, parliament First Chamber (Senate)
    • 2003 - 2006
      member, Council of State
    • 2006
      minister justice
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