After a legal education in civil law at Amsterdam University in 1967 - 1972 he wrote a thesis on liability for damage to luggage in international air transport and got his PhD January 1976.
His career was being a legal officer in West Germany with the Dutch Royal Air Force he served in the ministry of transport and public works as legal expert from 1976 - 1981. In 1981 he joined the ministry of economic affairs and took a legislative post in the Energy division. From 1985 till 2003 he was the legal counsel to the Inspector-general of mines who is heading the governmental supervisory body for the extractive industry. He served 5 years as the secretary of the Technical committee for subsidence. December 2005 he retired early form the governmental service.
He published a wide variety of articles on transport law especially air transport and transport by pipes. He has reviewed books on energy law aspects for International Oil and Gas Review.
He has taken up the subject of luggage air transport again and regularly gives presentations on different aspects of extractive industrial activities seen from the legal point of view.
He contributed to the 2010 Congress of the Association International de Droit Compare with a national report on the law applicable on the Continental Shelf and the EEZ.