Prof. Liesbeth Zegveld
‘While it is no magic bullet, law can
play a much greater role in tackling
serious human rights violations.’

Prof. Liesbeth Zegveld (1970)

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Liesbeth Zegveld specializes in liability for human rights violations. In particular she's committed to victims of war.  As head of the international law & human rights department, she has worked on numerous high-profile cases, focussing on war victims.  She set up the Nuhanovic Foundation, aimed at facilitating access to justice for war victims.  

In 2011 she received the Clara Meijer-Wichmann medal in recognition of her commitment to defending human rights, and in 2014 she received the Amsterdam Dean’s Award. In 2016 she was voted 'Most Valued Lawyer' of the year.

Lawyer since 2000

Additional functions
Professor of War Reparations at the University of Amsterdam, member of the Human Rights Watch Netherlands Committee


Media and publications (in Dutch)


  • Srebrenica
  • Indonesian war widows
  • Moluccan train hijackers (‘De Punt’)
  • Sea Shepherd
  • Jaloud v the Netherlands
  • Benhazi HIV-trial
  • Dutch businessman Van Anraat (victims of mustard gas attacks by Iraq)
  • SUEPO v European Patent Organization (‘EPO’)