Thijs Kelder

Thijs Kelder (admitted to the Bar in 2006) mainly handles complex economic and corporate criminal cases. He focuses on environmental criminal law (in particular EU Waste Shipment Regulation), bribery and fraud issues. He also renders legal assistance to professionals entitled to privilege (medical institutions, doctors, lawyers and civil law notaries). As a member of the team of lawyers of the Dutch National Police, Thijs is regularly called in to render assistance to investigating officers who come into conflict with criminal law. Furthermore, Thijs is a renowned criminal cassation specialist and is in charge of the cassation section of our office.

Education, career and ancillary positions

Thijs graduated with honours, in Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law, from Leiden University. He wrote two award winning theses. In 2012, he completed the post-graduate Criminal Law specialisation at the Willem Pompe Institute. Apart from being a lawyer, Thijs holds various ancillary positions: he is a board member of the Dutch Association of Defence Counsel (NVSA), a member of the Admission Committee of the Association of Cassation Lawyers in Criminal Law Cases (VCAS), a member of the Disciplinary Committee for the Banking Sector and he is one of the authors of the magazine Delikt en Delinkwent (legal profession column). Moreover, Thijs frequently organizes trainings and courses for other lawyers. He also regularly publishes articles in the field of Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law.


Dutch, English and German (fair)




Th.J. Kelder 

T +31(0)70 3467472
F +31(0)70 3924378
Javastraat 1c
2585 AA  The Hague