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Eberhard Edzard van der Laan was born in Leiden in 1955. He studied law at VU University Amsterdam and having graduated, took the initiative to set up his own law firm (Kennedy Van der Laan) in 1992. This grew grew into a medium-sized practice in the capital of the Netherlands.

Van der Laan joined the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid) in 1976. He sat on the Amsterdam City Council for the party from 1990 to 1998, from 1993 as chairman of his party’s council representatives.

As a lawyer, Eberhard van der Laan showed a great deal of interest in social issues and often stood up for tenants, small civil-society organisations and people on the margins of society. On countless occasions Van der Laan acted both formally and informally as mediator in a variety of conflicts.

Eberhard van der Laan is married and has five children.


  • 1983: Law Study (with honours), VU University Amsterdam

  • 1974: Pre-university training at Visser ’t Hooftlyceum, Leiden, the Netherlands

Work experience

  • July 2010 - present: Mayor of Amsterdam

  • 2008 - 2010: Minister for Housing, Communities and Integration

  • 1992 - 2008: Kennedy Van der Laan, lawyers and solicitors

  • 1984 - 1992: Van Doorne & Sjollema / Trenité Van Doorne, lawyers and solicitors

Political career

  • 2000 - 2001: Chairman of PvdA Programme Committee for Tweede Kamer elections, 2002

  • 1993 - 1998: Leader of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) in Amsterdam City Council

  • 1990 - 1998: Member of Amsterdam City Council

Administrative activities

  • 1990 - 1998: Member of the Amsterdam City Council for the Labour Party, Party Chairman from 1993

  • Chairman of the Board of the Dutch Resistance Museum Amsterdam

  • Chairman of the Board of the W.E. Jansen Fund

  • Chairman of the Board of De Groene Amsterdammer

  • Chairman of the Board of De Appel Arts Centre

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Public Broadcasting

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Het Parool / Member of the Board of Het Nieuwe Parool

  • Member of the Board of the Forum for Urban Renewal

  • Member of the Board of Circus Elleboog

  • Member of the Advisory Council of the Amsterdam Port Authority

  • Supervisory Director RIGO

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