Evert-Jan van der Vlis was born in the Netherlands in 1953. He studied Law at the University of Rotterdam and Public Management at the TiasNimbas Business School in Tilburg. From 1975 to 1991 he worked for the Legal Aid Centre in Rotterdam and the National Board for Legal Aid Centers in The Hague. In 1992 he joined the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands. Currently he is policy adviser on the Access to Justice Unit responsible for policy making in the field of legal aid and de legal profession (advocates, notaries, bailiffs and legal interpreters and translators). The department is responsible for government policy on legal aid, the legal professions of advocates, notaries, bailiffs and legal interpreters and translators.