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Gerard Adriaan "Ard" van der Steur (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣeːrɑrt ˈaːdrijaːn ˈɑrt fɑn dɛr ˈstøːr];[1] born 7 October 1969) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) and lawyer.

Ard van der Steur
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Ard van der Steur in 2015
Minister of Security and Justice
In office
20 March 2015 – 27 January 2017
Prime MinisterMark Rutte
Preceded byStef Blok
Ad interim
Succeeded byStef Blok
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 June 2010 – 20 March 2015
Parliamentary groupPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy
Personal details
Gerard Adriaan van der Steur

(1969-10-07) 7 October 1969 (age 49)
Haarlem, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for
Freedom and Democracy

(from 1988)
Josien Roos
(m. 1999; div. 2009)

Ninette ten Bosch (m. 2016)
FatherAb van der Steur (1938–2012)
RelativesAd van der Steur
(first uncle once removed)
ResidenceHuys te Warmont,
Warmond, Netherlands
Alma materLeiden University
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
OccupationPolitician · Jurist · Lawyer · Legal educator · Researcher · Businessman · Nonprofit director

Early lifeEdit

Gerard Adriaan van der Steur was born on 7 October 1969 in Haarlem in the Province of North Holland as the son of Ab van der Steur (3 May 1938 – 14 November 2012) a tailor and antiquarian bookseller. Van der Steur studied at the Leiden University an received a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws degree in 1995. Van der Steur worked as a lawyer from 1995 until 2010. He was a Legal educator at the Leiden University from 2006 until 2010. He served in the municipal council of Warmond from 2002 until 2006, and of its successor Teylingen from 2006 until 2014. During his period in the municipal council, he chaired his party in both Warmond and Teylingen.


He served as Minister of Security and Justice from 20 March 2015 until 26 January 2017 in the Second Rutte cabinet. As a member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), he served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2011 until 2015. He focused on matters of civil and criminal law and the judiciary. He was a member of the parliamentary inquiry commission into the high speed train "Fyra" and served as vice-chairman of the standing committee on foreign affairs. He was appointed rapporteur by Parliament for the proposal of the European Commission concerning the European Public Prosecutors Office (EPPO).

During the Netherlands European presidency (January - June 2016) Van der Steur was the chairman of the Justice and Home Affairs council. During his presidency the council decided amongst others on the data protection regulation, the roadmap for better cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fierearms directive.

In late 2016, Van der Steur and Rutte came under criticism from opposition lawmakers who accused them of withholding information relating to a settlement prosecutors struck with a drug dealer in 2000. On 26 January 2017, shortly ahead of the national elections, Van der Steur told the States General he would step down. This way he avoided a vote of no confidence.[2]

Van der Steur studied law at Leiden University.[3] After graduating from Leiden University, Van der Steur started working as a lawyer at NautaDutilh. In 2005, Van der Steur became a partner at NautaDutilh. He functioned as a part-time lector of the Moot Court department at his alma mater's law school from 2006 to 2010.[3] Van der Steur co-founded the law firm Legaltree in 2008 of which he became director in 2018. He is now also active as chairman of the supervisory board of Rijksmuseum Slot Loevestein, member of the supervisory board of Slachtofferhulp Nederland (Dutch victim support) and supports several charities.

Van der Steur was an active debater and won the Dutch national debating championships and several other debating tournaments. He competed in the universities World and European championships. He took part in a debate at the Oxforn Union on punitive justice in November 2018.


  1. ^ In isolation, van is pronounced [vɑn].
  2. ^ Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling (26 January 2017), Dutch justice minister resigns, weakening government ahead of elections Reuters.
  3. ^ a b (in Dutch) biography

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Political offices
Preceded by
Stef Blok
Ad interim
Minister of Security and Justice
Succeeded by
Stef Blok