Barend Barentsen obtained his law degree at Leiden University and stayed on as a researcher. In 2003 he defended his doctoral thesis 'Arbeidsongeschiktheid. Aansprakelijkheid, bescherming en compensatie' (Kluwer, 2003) [Work Disability. Liability, protection and compensation].
From 2003 to 2007 Barentsen worked as an assistant at the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden, the Netherlands' Supreme Court. In 2007 he was appointed as a judge on the Centrale Raad van Beroep (appellate administrative court). In the same year he returned to Leiden University, where he lectures in labour law and social security law. Barentsen’s research focuses on disability insurance and employers’ liability.
In March 2012 Barentsen was appointed Professor of Labour Relations in the Public Sector, in October 2012 Professor of Labour Law and Social Security Law .
- The wounded soldiers of bureaucracy (2012)
- Wet werk en inkomen naar arbeidsvermogen (2006)
- Arbeidsongeschiktheid. Aansprakelijkheid, bescherming en compensatie (2003)
- Wet verbetering poortwachter (2002)