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Kees Stuurman

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Van Doorne

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Information Technology, ICT, Financial Institutions, Mediation, Outsourcing, Cyber Response Team


As a partner in the section Information Technology, Kees has over 25 years' experience in IT, ranging from drafting contracts and negotiating complex outsourcing deals and other IT-projects, to assisting clients in the handling of IT-disputes. He is also a specialist in IT-related legislation, including in the field of e-commerce, artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber security, data protection and IT-governance. Legal issues relating to technical standardisation and certification are also within in his range of expertise.


Partner at Van Doorne since 1998 and head of the Information Technology group. Kees is also professor at Tilburg University, where he teaches 'Information Technology Regulation'.


Dutch, English, German


Kees is a member of the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law; the Netherlands Association of Computer Lawyers; ITechLaw; the Dutch Copyright Association; the Dutch Association for Media and Communications Law; the International Bar Association; Steering Committee of the Legal Expert Group of ECP.NL, the Dutch e-commerce platform; Professional Standards Committee of NOREA – the professional association for IT-auditors in the Netherlands.


Physics, VU University Amsterdam, 1981. Law, VU University Amsterdam, 1985. Ph.D. (Law), VU University Amsterdam, 1995.

Netherlands: Dispute resolution


Within: Mediation

The mediation practice at Van Doorne often handles insurance, technology and professional liability matters. It is headed by Kees Stuurman, who also leads the outsourcing team.

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Netherlands: Industry focus


Within: Leading individuals

Kees Stuurman - Van Doorne

Within: IT

Data protection and healthcare-related IT are particular strengths of Van Doorne’s practice, which welcomed Bart van Reeken from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in November 2017. ‘Deeply knowledgeable, internationally connected’ privacy expert Elisabeth Thole advised Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre (International) on data protection matters. Kees Stuurman is ‘very experienced’ in outsourcing; Louis Jonker is ‘highly knowledgeable’.

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