Education and career

Arjen van Rijn is an administrative law specialist and highly experienced in decision-making processes and proceedings involving the government as a party. Before joining De Clercq’s team as a lawyer and partner in 2013, he was, among other things, senior counsel at Spigt Litigators in Amsterdam and (from 1995 to 2012) partner at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn (firm of the state attorney at law) in The Hague. Arjen also has strong ties with the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom. He is an Extraordinary Professor of Constitutional Law and Constitutional Renewal at the University of Curaçao. In 2016-2017, he was interim President of the Faculty of Law there. Arjen served as President of the Hague Bar Association from July 2018 to September 2021.

Arjen’s daily practice

“You can come to me for legal assistance in issues related to state and administrative law. This complex but interesting area of law covers everything concerning the organization of the state, the functioning of the government and the relationship between government and citizens. I specialize in the constitutional law of Curaçao, Aruba, Sint Maarten and the Dutch Caribbean (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) and in Kingdom Relations (i.e. the Statute). The other areas I focus on are monument law, food law, integrity and governance and fundamental rights.”