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The Netherlands, 1950
law professor and Christian democrat

Ernst Hirsch Ballin

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is Professor of Dutch and European Constitutional Law at Tilburg University and Professor of Human Rights at the University of Amsterdam. He was a Minister of Justice in two Christian democratic cabinets: from 2005 to 2010 and from 1989 to 1994. Hirsch Ballin studied law at the University of Amsterdam and was named Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Tilburg University before embarking upon a career in politics. He has written a number of texts on law, ethics, religion and philosophy.


Nexus Conference 2009. Listening to John Gray during the panel discussion ‘A Passion for Faith’. Copyright Robert Goddyn.


Nexus Conference 2009. Tariq Ramadan and Ernst Hirsch Ballin. Copyright Robert Goddyn.

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Part I. Faith, Death, and Freedom

Man after the End of History

6 September 2009 9.15 - 17.30 Het Muziektheater Amsterdam


Arts and Education

Living European Values

23 October 2004 09.00 - 17.00 Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlijn