Michiel A Heldeweg (1957) is a full professor of Law, Governance & Technology at the University of Twente, within the department of Governance & Technology for Sustainability/CSTM. He is a member of the Netherlands Institute of Governance, an associate senior member of the Ius Commune Research School, and a partner to the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance.
Heldeweg obtained his LL.M. (Dutch Public law) and MA (Law & Public Administration) at Groningen University (1985/1987), and his PhD at the University of Maastricht (1993) on safeguards concerning input of technical expertise in standard setting, particularly in environmental licensing.
Heldeweg’s research, Heldeweg focuses on the (methodology of) legal design of smart & resilient rules & regimes fostering technological and governance innovation, such as through experimental regulation, institutional change and smart regulatory governance (e.g. meta-regulation, principle-based rules, and public/private certification). His research relates especially to legal governance of the energy transition, such as in community energy initiatives, and to responsible development and use of robotics, such as drones. In his work Heldeweg combines doctrinal legal study with regulatory and institutional (legal) theory
In teaching Heldeweg has been involved, since 1999 in teaching (Public) Law & Regulation in bachelor and master programmes of Public Administration, European Studies, (International) Business Administration, Health Science, Civil Engineering, Clinical Medicine, and the Master in Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM); mostly on subjects of public law, legal governance, law & smart regulation, legal design and environmental law.
Heldeweg was member and chairman of various faculty councils, head of two departments (Legal & Economic Governance Studies, and Public Administration), and coordinator of various Public Administration master tracks (currently Regulation & Innovation). He is chairman of the Examination Appeals Board of the University of Twente, and Program director of the Master in Environmental and Energy Management (MEEM).
Aside from his work at the University of Twente, Heldeweg is honorary judge at the District Court of Overijssel (Administrative bench). Since 2011 he is visiting professor Law & smart regulation at the Faculty of Law at the University of Aruba.He was a temporary visiting professor to the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney (Centre for Climate and Enironmental law - Dec.2011- Feb.2012) and the Faculty of Law of Exeter University (may-July 2017). Heldeweg is member of the editorial board of Competition and Regulation in Network Industries (CRNI) and of the NILG book series on Market, Government & Law.