Mr Bas van Zelst > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and arbitration-related court litigation


Bas van Zelst is a partner in Van Doorne’s arbitration practice. Bas has extensive experience in conducting and advising on national and international commercial arbitration and related proceedings before the regular courts. He has particular expertise in advising on, and conducting proceedings relating to, distribution agreements and a particular interest in (cross-border) seizure and enforcement proceedings. In the past, Bas was involved in (advising on) arbitration procedures under the ICC, NAI, LCIA, UNCITRAL and DIS arbitration rules.

Further to his arbitration practice, Bas holds the Chair of Dispute Resolution & Arbitration at Maastricht University. His research focuses on cross-border conflict resolution with particular emphasis on arbitration.


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Bas earned his doctorate with a dissertation on the establishment of European private law (Amsterdam, 2008). In 2006 and 2007, he was a guest at Harvard Law School as a visiting researcher. In 2017, Bas was a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Bas is a member of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Arbitrage [The Dutch Journal of Arbitration Law] and Corporate Mediation Journal.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Construction

Mark Moolhuizen and Bas Van Zelst lead the construction team at Van Doorne, advising clients on non-contentious matters and disputes. Van Zelst is key to construction-related arbitration cases and other complex disputes, while Moolhuizen handles international projects. Jordie Bakker who is well-versed in construction law issues in both national and international construction projects. Sector specific work includes commercial real estate and housing construction projects, hospitals and healthcare redevelopment and development projects, and housing corporations.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration

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Van Doorne acts as lead counsel for the majority of its arbitration cases, focusing the practice on annulment and enforcement proceedings. Investment treaty disputes, cross-border mandates, and set-aside proceedings all form key parts of the practice. The team is also well versed in handling post-M&A and joint venture disputes. Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst jointly lead the team; both also sit as arbitrators and have a wealth of experience in handling arbitration proceedings. Schellaars specialises in energy sector mandates and acts both for and against states, while van Zelst is an expert in construction-related disputes and investment arbitrations.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation

Van Doorne‘s mediation team is led by CEDR-accredited mediator Bas Van Zelst, a specialist in alternative dispute resolution methods, and mediation serves as a key pillar of the firm’s dispute resolution practice. The firm frequently assists clients with internal disputes, disputes between shareholders, liability claims, and employment disputes. Steven Sterk handles mediation for employment conflicts.