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Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR)

The Training And Study Center For The Judiciary

SSR International P.O. Box 5015 3502 JA ,UTRECHT ,The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 88 361 3212
Visiting address:
SSR Uniceflaan 13527 WX  UTRECHT , The Netherlands 

About The Training And Study Center For The Judiciary, SSR


Since its establishment in 1960, SSR has been the joint training institute of the Dutch judicial system and the Public Prosecution Service, operating independently from the Ministry of Justice.

Besides its main office, which has been located in Utrecht since the end of 2012, SSR also facilitates local training sites at court buildings and public prosecutor’s offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Bosch and soon in Zwolle.

Initial Training Programme In partnership with the Dutch courts of law and public prosecutor’s offices, SSR trains law graduates as judges and public prosecutors. These initial training programmes have undergone major changes in 2013. SSR has been assigned to redesign the judge programme. The Public Prosecution Service has taken the initiative to modify the public prosecutor programme itself, with SSR acting as a consultant.

The first candidates have started the new courses in January 2014. Alongside the new programme, SSR will also continue to offer the established course for candidates who have already begun the programme; they will complete the course in line with the ‘old’ structure. Life-long educationBesides the initial training programmes, SSR also offers further education for judges, public prosecutors and legal staff, based on the principle that learning and continuing education remain essential throughout our careers. Annually, a total of 25,000 students are enrolled in our programmes and training courses, which are increasingly based on innovative methods, using the ‘MIJN SSR’ electronic learning environment.

SSR, the Public Prosecution Service and the judicial system jointly set the curriculum and determine the range of courses. This ensures that the legal community as a whole can share professional knowledge and expertise. What makes this knowledge-sharing process unique is that we have access to each other’s cases and can learn from one another’s experiences. Apart from members of the legal community, SSR also works with lecturers from universities and other educational institutions. This allows us to create a wide range of courses incorporating both practical and theoretical knowledge, with a strong focus on the magistracy.

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Netherlands | National Official Representative(s) to EAJTN

Gerard Tangenberg


Gerard Tangenberg

Chairman of The Executive Board,The Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR)

Tel.: +32133618831 Email:

Gerard Tangenberg (the Hague, 1967) read Dutch Law (criminal and private law) at the University of Groningen. After a short period working as a lecturer in criminal law at the University of Leiden, he was admitted as a judicial trainee at the District Court of the Hague. Appointed as a judge in 1999, he worked in the District Courts of Rotterdam (criminal chamber) and the Hague (commercial chamber and bankruptcy chamber). In 2004 he was appointed vice-president of the District Court of the Hague.

In 2006, he was appointed vice-president of the District Court of Leeuwarden, and after the Judicial Reform in 2013 he was appointed the vice-president of the District Court of Northern-Netherlands.

Gerard Tangenberg is currently president of the board of the Training and Study Center for the Judiciary (SSR), the national training institute for the Judiciary and Public Prosecution Service of the Netherlands. In addition to this, he regularly hears cases in the Appelate Court of the Hague (since 2010) and he is deputy chair of the Medical Disciplinary Tribunal in Groningen and member of the Veterinarian Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal in the Hague.

Judge Gerard Tangenberg is trainer of lawyers and judges at home and abroad for twenty years, particularly in the field of civil (procedural) law and court skills.

Remco van Tooren


Remco van Tooren

Vice Chairman of the Board at SSR

Mr Remco van Tooren studied International Relations, Philosophy and Law at Leiden University. After finishing an internal training programme within the judiciary, he became a public prosecutor in the eastern part of the Netherlands specialising in combatting organised crime and combatting human trafficking. After obtaining an extra master in Public Administration, he took positions as Chief public prosecutor in Arnhem and Den Bosch. Currently he is seconded to the School of Magistrates (SSR), as vice-president of the board.

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Last Updated November 12, 2023