1982 Masters degree Dutch language and literature

1985 Masters degree Dutch law

1990 PhD Universiteit Utrecht:

Benefits of Doubt. A comparative study of the legal aspects of employment and unem­ploy­ment schemes in Great-Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands (published by Kluwer Law International).

2014 Honorary doctorate Gotenburg University, Sweden


1987 - 1990 PhD research at Utrecht University

1990 - 1995 Assistant professor Tilburg University

1995 - 2008 Associate professor Tilburg University

2002 - 2008 Professor of European and comparative social security law Utrecht University

2003- 2011 Professor of international and European social security Tilburg University

2008 - Professor of labour law and social security law Utrecht University

2011 - Visiting professor University Gotenburg, Sweden

Ancillary jobs

1997 - Honorary judge Centrale Raad van Beroep

1999 - Co-editor in chief of European Journal of Social Security (SAGE publishers)

2013 - Editor in chief Tijdschrift Recht en arbeid