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Work Department

Transport & Logistics




Since joining Van Traa in 2015, Jolien has specialised in maritime law and related international private law issues at the firm. She regularly publishes in-depth articles on maritime law and associated topics, as well as lecturing on the subject.  

Jolien is considered to bring considerable expertise and strength to a variety of complex and multifaceted dry shipping matters. Her particular knowledge of dealing with the legal repercussions of general average principals is of particular benefit for clients, and she has acted for parties affected by cargo damage that occurred when the vessel MV Harns became stranded.


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Jolien is a member of the Dutch Association for Transport Law (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Vervoerrecht (NVV)) a member of the board of the NVV General Average Committee (Averij-grossecommissie van de NVV) and a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association).


After Jolien completed her first Master in Leiden, she went on to pursue a Master in Maritime Law at the University of Southampton, which she attained in 2005. In 2017, Jolien obtained her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her dissertation was titled ‘General Average, Legal Basis and Applicable Law.’ Jolien has also published a book ‘General average and the presence of fault’ which was printed in 2004.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Transport

(Rising stars)

Jolien KruitVan Traa Advocaten

Drawing on ‘top-level expertise‘ and offering a ‘pragmatic‘ approach, Van Traa Advocaten provides a comprehensive service covering all aspects of transport law. Head of the transport, shipping and logistics department and stand-out litigator Vincent Pool handled a number of complex, high-profile disputes in the sector in 2019, including representing a leading logistics service provider against a multimillion-dollar container demurrage and detention claim. Head of the aviation team Robert Pessers is advising Malaysia Airlines following the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. Robert de Haan, Olivier Böhmer, Jolien Kruit and Leendert van Hee are also key lawyers. Cargo specialist Richard Latten was a new arrival in 2020.