Paul Joan George Kapteyn

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Prof., mr.
Paul Joan George Kapteyn
Member of the Council of State of the Netherlands
In office
29 November 1976 – 1 January 1990
Judge of the European Court of Justice
In office
29 March 1990 – 6 October 2000
Preceded by Thijmen Koopmans
Succeeded by Christiaan Timmermans
Personal details
Born (1928-01-31) 31 January 1928 (age 90)
Laren, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch

Paul Joan George (Jos) Kapteyn (born 31 January 1928 in Laren) is a Dutch judge. He has been a member of the Council of State of the Netherlands and has been a judge at the European Court of Justice.


Kapteyn was born in Laren in 1928 as the son of M.J.P Schröder and Paul Kapteyn. His father would later become a Labour Party politician in the Dutch Senate and in the predecessors of the European Parliament.[1] In 1950 Kapteyn earned a Master of Laws and in 1960 a Doctor of Law degree at the Leiden University. His dissertation was about the Common Assembly of the European Coal and Steel Community between 1952 and 1958, his father served in that institution during that period.[1] He then pursued a career as an official in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving between 1960 and 1963. He worked as a professor of Law of International Organisations at Utrecht University between 1963 and 1975, and then continued in the same position at Leiden University.[2][3] He only worked shortly at Leiden University as he was appointed member of the Council of State of the Netherlands in November 1976. In 1980 Kapteyn was made member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.[4] In 1990 Kapteyn moved to European law and until 2000 he served as a judge in the European Court of Justice.[3] He succeeded Thijmen Koopmans as the Dutch judge, he himself was succeeded by Christiaan Timmermans. After his return to the Netherlands he served as professor of European Studies (Ynso Scholten professorship) at the University of Amsterdam between 2000 and 2005.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Dr. P.J.G. (Jos) Kapteijn" (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  2. ^ " P.J.G. Kapteyn (1928 - )" (in Dutch). Utrecht University - Catalogus Professorum. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Former members". Court of Justice. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Jos Kapteyn". Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Kapteyn, Paul Joan George". BrillOnline. Retrieved 11 July 2013.