Mr Rogier Schellaars > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van Doorne

Work Department

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration


Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration. He is co-practice head at Van Doorne.

Rogier acts as lead counsel, expert and arbitrator on M&A, joint-venture and investment claims (Dutch and foreign seated). Rogier also works as co-counsel. He is particularly active in the Energy, Life Sciences and Technology sectors.


Rogier graduated Law & Economics (University of London) and Civil Law (University of Leiden). In 2011, Rogier was seconded to Royal Philips Electronics.


English, Dutch


In 2021, Rogier completed a second term as court member at the ICC Court of Arbitration. He also contributed to the Advisory Council of the NAI (for about 10 years). Currently, Rogier is active on the IBA and ICC’s Arbitration Committees (chairing the Dutch ICC Committee until September 2022). He further sits on the NAI Rules drafting committee and the DIS Arbitration Council.

Rogier has a solid academic record, with a focus on evidence and emergency and fast-track arbitration. He has also published on the usage of arbitration rules (including LCIA, DIS and ICC) under the Dutch Arbitration Act; the IBA country guide for the Netherlands; and the Max Planck Institute’s notes on NAI arbitration. He is also a guest-lecturer at various universities.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Rogier SchellaarsVan Doorne

Van Doorne‘s dual partner-led arbitration practice represents clients from a range of industries in high-value and cross-border arbitration cases. Co-head Rogier Schellaars specialises in commercial and investment claims, including post M&A, joint venture and finance matters. Schellaars also focuses on disputes in the energy sector, acting for and against sovereign states. Engaged in intra-EU BIT matters, co-head Bas van Zelst is also active in combined investment, construction and energy disputes. The group’s caseload also includes disputes concerning the media, pharmaceutical, food and agriculture sectors.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory

Léone Klapwijk is the regulatory specialist in Van Doorne‘s energy, industry and renewables practice, which she co-leads alongside litigator and arbitrator Rogier Schellaars and corporate partner Hugo Reumkens. Praised for its ‘good sector knowledge and pragmatic approach‘, the team advises on issues relating to mining, renewables, hydrogen, and sustainable heating.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional

The energy, industry and renewables team at Van Doorne is led by Léone Klapwijk, Rogier Schellaars, and Hugo Reumkens, and has experience of project development and corporate M&A. Schellaars is strong in dispute resolution and arbitration, while Reumkens is well regarded for corporate deals. The firm further strengthened its transactional offering with the October 2022 hire of Diederik Maessen.