Hans Besselink

Attorney-at-law, partner

In 2012 Legal 500 described Hans as 'a leading lawyer for environmental matters'. This is a fitting description, since Hans uses his specialist knowledge of environmental law and national and European nature conservation law in a way that is both practical and solution-oriented, for example when he is advising and litigating with respect to area development plans, dispensations, permits and enforcement decisions. His clients include ministries, provincial authorities, regional water authorities and municipal authorities, as well as project developers, industrial companies and (groups of) private individuals. Hans regularly shares his expertise through publications in professional journals. He is also a regular lecturer and introductory speaker at courses and conferences.

Hans studied Dutch Law at the Utrecht University. He worked previously as a staff attorney at the Council of State in The Hague.

Recent cases

  • The Provincial authorities of Limburg/ BPL; proceedings concerning the government-imposed zoning plan amendment for Buitenring Parkstad Limburg
  • The provincial authorities of Groningen and the Ministry of Economic Affairs / RWE; proceedings concerning a nature conservancy permit for a power station in Eemshaven
  • The provincial authorities of Zuid-Holland/ Buytenland van Rhoon; proceedings concerning a zoning plan to create a 600-hectare area for a nature reserve and recreation area

Additional Information

  • Lecturer on Environmental Law, Grotius Academy, 2003
  • Member of the editorial team of the journal JB Plus, 2002
  • VAR Vereniging voor Bestuursrecht (VAR Administrative Law Association)
  • Vereniging van Milieurecht Advocaten (Environmental Lawyers Association)
  • Vereniging voor Bouwrecht Advocaten (Construction Lawyers Association)
  • Vereniging voor Milieurecht (Environmental Law Association)
  • Vereniging voor Bouwrecht (Construction Law Association)


  • "An authority in the field of environmental law and a much sought-after legal adviser.", Chambers Europe 2018
  • "He is great. He always helps me understand the real problems. He is a very experienced lawyer in the field of environmental law. He has a lot of knowledge, is fast and smart and always comes up with a pragmatic solution.", Chambers Europe 2017
  • "Hans Besselink is ‘fast, analytical, strategic and experienced’.", Legal 500 2016