Prof.dr. Michiel Scheltema was one of the founders of the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL) and since 2006 he has been a member of the Programmatic Steering Board of the Institute till July 2012.
Michiel Scheltema was born in The Hague, in 1939. In June 1964 he graduated as a cum laude in Dutch Law from the University of Leiden. In 1965 Scheltema also obtained a LL.M degree from the Harvard Law School. In 1995 he acquired an honorary degree from University of Leiden. In 1965 Scheltema started his career as an official in the Public Law Legislation Division of the Dutch Department of Justice, where he worked until 1972. From 1972 to 1981, he was a professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Groningen. In 1981-82 Scheltema was the Dutch Minister of Justice in the Cabinet Van Agt II and the Cabinet Van Agt III, on behalf D66. As a minister he was responsible for youth protection, law, offenders care, and immigration policy. While in office, he also dealt with the international legal and constitutional reforms. As a minister he also participated in the process of drafting the new Dutch Civil Code. In September 1983 he became a Government Commissioner for the General Administrative Law Act. From 1998 until 2004 Scheltema was Chairman of the WRR, i.e. the Scientific Council for Government Policy of the Dutch government, of which he was an advisory member since 1997. Since 2004, he is a member of the Management Council for Construction. Currently, Scheltema is also a visiting chair at the Ministry of Finance, Economic and Social Affairs dealing with the “Andere Overheid” program. Moreover, Scheltema is a board member of the Territotiale Decentralisatie and health center Bijum.
From 1965 to 1968, Scheltema was editorial secretary of the Common Market Law Review. In 1967 he became a general secretary of the State Commission for the Dutch Civil Law and, in 1972, he also became a general secretary for the State Committee on Privacy Legislation. He was employed by the “Ars Aequi” Magazine in 1968, where he wrote for the legislation section of the periodical. In 1983, Scheltema became a chairman of the Committee of General Rules of Administrative Law and in 1992 he chaired the External Parliament Committee on Ministerial Responsibility. He was also a chairman of the Evaluatiecommissie Vreemdelingenwet in 2006 and of the committee which examined the bankruptcy of DSB Bank, from 2009 to 2010.