Robbert de Bree


Read civil law and criminal (honours) at Leiden, and - postgraduate - at Oxford (M.Jur, hons. Oxon). He also studied in Paris and at Harvard. As practicing lawyer he amongst others completed the Grotius competition law course (honours).

Robbert has a broad practice in sanction law, in which he deals in particular with:

  • Economic criminal cases and environmental criminal cases (including industrial incidents) 
  • International fraud and corruption cases 
  • Antitrust sanctions 
  • Specialised litigation such as those before the Dutch Supreme Court, European Court of Justice in Luxemburg and Human Rights Court in Strasbourg 
  • Civil fraud cases
  • Sanctions procedures at multilateral banks, such as the World Bank 
  • Assistance to companies in the framework of signals of fraud in the framework of annual accounts auditing (inter alia COS 240 and COS 250)
  • Procedures as regards the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

He is also involved in international criminal law and is admitted as counsel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Robbert, moreover, has vast experience in the setting up, the enhancement of and the keeping effective of corporate compliance programmes, especially in the fields of anti-corruption, antitrust and international sanctions, for companies active in and outside the Netherlands.

A particular aspect of his practice is the emphasis on legally, strategically and technically complex transnational litigation.

Robbert is a member of the advisory commission on criminal law of the Dutch Bar Association. He is also a member of various professional associations on matters such as supreme court litigation, competition law, European law and environmental law. 

Internationally he is actively involved in various professional associations such as the International Bar Association, the International Criminal Court Bar Association and the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales.

His services have been appraised in guides such as the Legal 500 and Who'swholegal.


Verschoningsrecht in het gedrang | Advocatenblad, 2022-08, pp. 94-97.

Doorzoeking van data waar verschoningsrechtmateriaal in zit: EHRM vergt duidelijke en praktische werkwijze (regeling) | Tijdschrift voor Sanctierecht & Onderneming, nr. 1 29 april 2022, pp. 12 - 17.

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