Curriculum Vitae Ferdinand Grapperhaus

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Minister of Justice and Security

Personal details

Full name: Ferdinand Bernhard Joseph Grapperhaus
Place and date of birth: Amsterdam, 8 November 1959
Place of residence: Amsterdam


1971-1977: Secondary education, The Hague
1977-1984: Dutch Law, University of Amsterdam
1995: Obtained a doctorate under Professor Paul van der Heijden


Ferdinand Grapperhaus worked for law firm Schut & Grosheide from 1984, moving to Loeff Claeys Verbeke in 1998. From 2000 onwards he was employment law partner at Allen & Overy in Amsterdam. In his work as a litigation lawyer, Mr Grapperhaus focused chiefly on collective labour disputes, works council issues and individual employment issues. He also advised management and supervisory boards on governance. From 2015 to 1 September 2017 he was actively involved in Allen & Overy’s CSR policy as chairman of the board.

From 2005 onwards he was also a part-time professor of European Employment Law at Maastricht University.

On 26 October 2017 Ferdinand Grapperhaus was appointed Minister of Justice and Security in the third Rutte government.

Party political positions and outside activities

Mr Grapperhaus is a member of the Christian Democratic Alliance (CDA) and led the electoral programme committee for the 2010 parliamentary elections.

From April 2006 to May 2015 he was a Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council (SER).

He has a large number of publications to his name, was an editor of the company law journal Ondernemingsrecht and wrote a weekly column in the newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad from 2014 to 2017.

Mr Grapperhaus has also served on several supervisory boards, including those of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, the Land Registry and the music broadcasting foundation Stichting Omroep Muziek.