Appointment of new Chairman of Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)

The Council of Ministers of the Dutch government has approved the proposal by the Prime Minister to nominate Professor J.E.J. (Corien) Prins as the next Chairman of the Netherlands Scientific Counsel for Government Policy (WRR). She will take up the post on 1 April 2017, when she will succeed Professor J.A. (André) Knottnerus, whose term of office expires. Professor Knottnerus will devote more time to expanding his scientific work at Maastricht University.


Professor J.E.J Prins (b. 1961) is Dean of Tilburg Law School (Tilburg University) and Professor of Law and Information Technology at the same university. She was a Council member of the WRR from 2008 to 2013. Until 2008 she was President of the Tilburg Institute of Law, Technology, and Society (TILT).

Professor Prins studied Law at Leiden University, where she also obtained her doctorate in 1991. Since 2009 she  has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), a member of the Supervisory Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam and has supervised 21 doctoral candidates.

Note for the editor

The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) is an independent advisory body that provides solicited and unsolicited advice to the government on issues that are of great importance to society. The WRR’s reports are multidisciplinary and extend beyond individual sectors and departments. They are concerned with the direction of government policy for the longer term.

For more information please contact: 

Mirjan van Leijenhorst, WRR (06-26298379 or