Dries van Agt

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Dries van Agt

In office
1977 – 1982
Preceded by Joop den Uyl
Succeeded by Ruud Lubbers

Born 2 February 1931
Geldrop-Mierlo
Political party Christen-Democratisch Appèl

Andreas Antonius Maria "Dries" van Agt (born February 2, 1931) is a Dutch politician and served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1977 to 1982. During these years he was also leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal party.

Dries van Agt was born in 1931 in Geldrop (North Brabant). After receiving his diploma Gymnasium-A he studied at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, where he received his Doctorate in Law in 1955. After graduating, he practiced law in Eindhoven until 1957, after which he worked in the office of legal and business affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries until 1962. From 1962 to 1968, he worked for the Ministry of Justice.

From 1968 to 1971, Van Agt was Professor of Criminal Law at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. From 1971 to 1973, he was Minister of Justice in the government of Barend Biesheuvel. From 1973 to 1977 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice in the government of Joop den Uyl.

From December 1977 to November 1982 Dries van Agt was Prime Minister of the Netherlands in three successive governments. After the resignation of his government, he remained a member of the Dutch Parliament until 1983, when he was appointed as the Queen's Commissioner (governor) of the province North Brabant.

Dries van Agt served Ambassador of the European Community to Japan from 1987 to 1989 and to the United States from 1989 to 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he was a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the University of Kyoto.

He is currently Prime Counsellor for the International Forum for Justice and Peace, a foundation under Dutch law, registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam, The Netherlands [1]. Chaired by retired international businessman Ben Smoes, they are currently focused on justice and peace in regards to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Van Agt is known for his use of archaic language and complicated phrasing, as well as for his love for cycling.

 
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