The lawyer's research focuses on legal protection issues, with specific expertise in the law relating to government liability (public and civil), and a particular interest in loss compensation and mining damage. Tjepkema: “Of course, legal protection is about much more than compensation for damages. The proper design of the procedure is at least as important. That is why, in the coming years, I want to explore how to strengthen the conflict resolution capacity of administrative law. This mainly concerns the extent to which the General Administrative Law Act and special regulations provide administrative bodies and administrative courts with the right means to settle conflicts effectively, in a timely manner, and without high transaction costs. A lot goes wrong in major repair operations, but there is also plenty of innovation going on, which provides fodder for interesting scientific research.”
'Today's administrative law is not fundamentally different from the administrative law of five years ago. But in the aftermath of the childcare benefits scandal and the COVID-19 pandemic, among others, citizens expect much more from the government. In addition, citizens' expectations of what the government should do changed substantially. The big question is how the government can live up to these expectations. I look forward to exploring this topic with my Nijmegen colleagues.”
About Michiel Tjepkema
Tjepkema (Ede, 1974) studied Law and Dutch Language and Culture at Leiden University. He obtained his PhD cum laude in 2010, also in Leiden. His PhD thesis on loss compensation based on the égalité principle contains a detailed investigation of the main basis for loss compensation, the principle of equality of public burdens ('égalité'). For this PhD thesis, he received an honourable mention from the Administrative Law Association in 2013.
Following his PhD, Tjepkema worked as assistant professor until 2014, and as associate professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University until 2018. From 2018 to 2023, he was head of the Scientific Bureau of the Administrative Law Directorate of the Council of State. In March 2023, Tjepkema was appointed Professor of Government Liability and Mining Damage at the Open University, a position he continues to hold one day a week. Tjepkema is also a deputy judge at the District Court of The Hague.