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March 2022
Dublin, Ireland

Judge Martin Vaessen
Judge at Netherlands Commercial Court (Netherlands)


After finishing his law studies at Utrecht University, Martin Vaessen became a trainee judge in 1991. He was trained as a judge in commercial and administrative law. The last two years of his training, from 1995 till 1997, he worked as a solicitor at the Amsterdam law firm Stibbe. In 1998 he was appointed as a judge to the Den Bosch district court, where he worked in administrative law. In 2000 he switched to the Arnhem district court, where he started working in commercial law, as he has done so ever since. In 2005 he was appointed justice to the Arnhem court of appeal. During his work for the court of appeal, in 2009 he spent one year at the chancery of the European court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where he was involved in the preparation of the cases against Belgium. In 2011 he returned to the Arnhem district court as a supervisory senior judge in insolvencies until 2015. Afterwards he worked as a senior judge in the commercial division of this district court. In 2018 he went back to the Arnhem court of appeal and in 2019 he was appointed as one of the six judges to the Amsterdam based Netherlands Commercial Court.