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Anne-Marie Klijn Partner

Anne-Marie Klijn has been a lawyer since 1990 and advises companies and governmental bodies in all areas where government has a direct influence on society. This can involve spatial planning, environment, nature, energy, water, traffic and transport, subsidies, education and health care, government liability, compensation for damages and planning blight. She also developed a new approach specifically for production and storage companies with regards to licensing, enforcement and supervision. In her work, her focus is on integrated solutions. Energy transition and impact on the global ecosystem belong in considerations about the acceptability of a project as seen from an environmental law perspective. Health and well-being also part of this. Anne-Marie is also co-founder of our 'Public Trust Rapid Response Team' and, as such, focuses on the interplay between Public Trust and Public Law. She has been nominated twice by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers (2016 and 2017).

Anne-Marie also has nearly 30 years experience with legal process management, strategic and politically sensitive advice and litigation before the (administrative) court. She completed a mediation course at Hans & Hans in 2004.

Anne-Marie is a member of the Committee for Added Value (Meerwaardencommissie) in the province of Noord-Brabant, which also includes Peter van Rooy (director Accanto and Netherlands BovenWater) and Flip ten Cate (Director Wealth Federation). This committee provides advice in relation to large and complex area development projects in the province. The committee is asked to assess whether the added value of the researched projects justifies deviation from provincial policies or legislation and to advise the Provincial Executive thereon.

Since August 2011, Anne-Marie has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the new Environmental Code, set up by the minister of Infrastructure and Environment. This committee deals with issues such as the significance of the Dekker Committee for the Environmental Code, the role of planning and zoning in inner city areas and the significance of legislation (other than the Planning Act and the Housing Act) which impacts on urban development (e.g. regulations for monuments, environment, infrastructure, water, nature). Within the framework of this new Environmental Act, Anne-Marie, together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, has set up an online platform,, which has functioned to establish the Environmental Act in 2016. In addition, Anne-Marie was a member of the Supervisory Board of ArenA Amsterdam until 2015.

Anne-Marie took the Grotius Academy environmental law course and is a member of the Environmental Lawyers Association and the Construction Lawyers Association. Until 2012, she was member of the board of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She also participates in the 'Watertoren' consultations and from 1993 to 1998 was a member of the municipal Ombudscommission Zoetermeer. Anne-Marie frequently teaches administrative law, environmental law, spatial planning and project development at the Amsterdam School of Real estate, the Institute for Construction Law, NIROV and VU University Amsterdam.

She is the author of many publications dealing with administrative law. Since 2006 Anne-Marie has been a member of the editorial staff of Building Business Magazine and guest annotator for AB (administrative law publication reporting on court decisions).

In 2013 Anne-Marie was included in the Expert Guide 'Women in Business Law' by Legal Media Group.

Chambers Europe 2017: Anne-Marie Klijn is widely renowned for her "top-level knowledge on environmental issues" and offers significant expertise in planning matters, being particularly well known for acting on urban development projects. Various clients say she is "very in tune with new legal developments and things happening in society" and "focuses on client needs and effective communication."

Anne-Marie regularly blogs on the NautaDutilh Public Law blog.

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