Administrative law

Administrative law

Administrative law regulates the government's relationship with citizens. That way, administrative law serves as a guarantee for the quality of public administration. It answers questions such as: which administrative body is authorized and to what limitations is the exercise of authority subject? By whom and how can decisions of governmental bodies be challenged (objection, appeal procedures)? Is a decision legally valid? Does an administrative body act in violation of principles established by law or otherwise (such as: principle of equality, principle of justification and principle of legitimate expectations)?

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The General Administrative Law Act provides the framework for administrative law. As the name of the law suggests, it contains the general rules, which are often procedural in nature. All decisions made by an administrative body in the Netherlands are (partly) governed by the General Administrative Law Act. The substantive rules of administrative law can largely be found in special national and decentralized regulations.


For years, Wieringa has successfully represented the private sector and governmental agencies in administrative law cases of a very diverse nature. Examples include matters relating to environmental law (building permits, monuments), zoning (zoning plans), Licensing and Catering Act (liquor and hospitality license), local ordinances (operating permits for the hospitality industry and passenger shipping), bylaws (exemptions).

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