Doing business in the Netherlands
Legal information on Dutch law and the Netherlands

Guide to legal resources in the Netherlands


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We have collected links to the best legal resources on Dutch law. We have done so because foreign entrants to the Dutch jurisdiction may face challenges in coming to grips with the legal system of the Netherlands. This comprehensive collection of Dutch legal links, is compiled to give you the opportunity to find legal information on the Netherlands, in particular the legal stance of Dutch law in relation to commercial and corporate aspects of doing business.


The Netherlands maintains and continues to grow its position as one of the leading countries for doing business. It stands among some of the best jurisidictions for integrating an expanding business or developing a new startup.

The editor of this website is Jan Willem de Groot.

Jan Willem is an experienced (now nonpracticing) lawyer in the Netherlands, who used to operate an English legal desk in a law firm in Amsterdam. He is experienced in advising international clients.

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Executive in the Netherlands
  1. The Dutch Royal House
  2. The Dutch government
  3. List of Dutch ministries
  4. Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  5. Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security
  6. Central access point to all information about government organisations of the Netherlands

Legislature in the Netherlands
  1. Parliament: Staten-Generaal
  2. Eerste Kamer (First Chamber - the Senate of the Dutch Parliament - the States General)
  3. Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber - House of Representatives of the Netherlands)

Legislation in the Netherlands
  1. Constitution of the Netherlands
  2. Dutch Civil Code
  3. Dutch Code of Civil Procedure
  4. Dutch Bankruptcy Act
  5. Dutch Financial Supervision Act
  6. Dutch Competition Act
  7. Dutch Works Council Act
  8. Dutch Treaty Database
  9. Dutch Code of Criminal Procedure [Pdf]
  10. FAOLEX: Netherlands (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) database of national laws and regulations on food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources
  11. NATLEX: Netherlands (International Labour Organization) database of Netherlands laws on labor, social security, and related human rights
  12. RefWorld Legal Information: Netherlands (UNHCR)
  13. WIPO Lex: Netherlands (World Intellectual Property Organization)

Judicial system and Dutch courts
  1. Judicial system in the Netherlands
  2. Netherlands Commercial Court - comercial litigation in the English language
  3. Gerechtshoven (Courts of Appeal)
  4. Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (Supreme Court of the Netherlands)
  5. Raad van State (The Council of State - advisory body on legislation and administrative court)

Arbitral courts in The Netherlands
  1. Netherlands Arbitration Institute
  2. Arbitral Tribunal for the Graphic Industry Foundation
  3. Council of Arbitration for the Metal Industry and Metal Trade Foundation
  4. Council for Arbitration in the Construction Industry
  5. Dispute Resolution Foundation for Automation Disputes
  6. International Chamber of Commerce
  7. P.R.I.M.E. Finance Foundation

Organisations of legal professionals
  1. Council for the Judiciary (Raad voor de rechtspraak)
  2. Netherlands Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten)
  3. Legal Aid Board (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand)
  4. Royal Dutch Association of Civil-law Notaries (Koninklijke Notariële Beroepsorganisatie)
  5. Royal Professional Organization of Judicial Officers in the Netherlands (Koninklijke Beroepsorganisatie van Gerechtsdeurwaarders)

Law Schools in the Netherlands
  1. Free University Law School (Vrije Universiteit), Amsterdam
  2. Amsterdam Law School
  3. Amsterdam School of International Relations
  4. Groningen University
  5. Erasmus University of Rotterdam
  6. Maastricht University
  7. Radboud University Faculty of Law
  8. Tilburg University
  9. Leiden University
  10. Utrecht University
  11. Utrecht University: Centre for the Enforcement of European Law

Selected Dutch legal directories
in Dutch or English
  1. Chamber of Commerce
  2. Chamber of Commerce

Trade, finance and immigration
  1. Chamber of Commerce
  2. Dutch Central Bank (De Nederlandsche Bank - DNB)
  3. Dutch customs authorities
  4. Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM)
  5. Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA)
  6. Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
  7. Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND)

Work, income and tax in the Netherlands
  1. Dutch tax system (taxes, benefits and allowances)
  2. Social and Economic Council (SER) of the Netherlands
  3. Social Insurance Bank (SVB)
Selected agencies and institutions
  1. Netherlands Institute for Human Rights
  2. Land registry (Kadaster)
  3. The Netherlands Court of Audit (Rekenkamer)
  4. The Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR)
  5. The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP)
  6. Radiocommunications Agency (Agentschap Telecom)
  7. The Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS)
  8. The Dutch Data Protection Authority
  9. Buma/Stemra
  10. Pictoright - Author’s rights organisation for visual creators in the Netherlands
  11. Foundation for the Exploitation of Neighbouring Rights (SENA)
  12. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate
  13. The Netherlands Controlling Authority for Milk and Milk products
  14. Financial Supervision Office (Bureau Financieel Toezicht - BFT)
  15. The Dutch Gaming Authority
  16. The Dutch Media Authority (Commissariaat voor de Media)
  17. The Inspectorate of Justice and Security
  18. The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
  19. National Police
  20. Dutch Coastguard
  21. The Dutch Chief of Defence
  22. The Dutch Vehicle Authority (RDW)
  23. The Dutch Cultural Heritage Inspectorate
  24. The Dutch Foundation for Consumer Complaints Boards (De Geschillencommissie)
  25. The Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate
  26. The Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate
  27. The National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland)
  28. The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)
  29. The Dutch Healthcare Authority
  30. Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO)
  31. Medicines Evaluation Board
  32. The Dutch Inspectorate of Education
  33. The Dutch Inspectorate Social Affairs and Employment (Arbeidsinspectie)
  34. The Dutch Quality Control Bureau (KCB)
  35. Dutch Emissions Authority
  36. NEN - Standardization Institute in The Netherlands
  37. Kiwa (Testing, Inspection and Certification - TIC)
  38. The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
  39. The Dutch Safety Board
  40. The Authority for Nature Conservation (Staatsbosbeheer)
  41. The Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides
  42. The Flower Bulb Inspection Service (Bloembollenkeuringsdienst; BKD)

Legal guides to the Netherlands
  1. Global Legal Information Catalog: Netherlands (Law Library of Congress) provides bibliographic information on materials in our reference collection
  2. Global Legal Monitor: Netherlands (Law Library of Congress)
  3. Law Library of Congress Legal Reports: Netherlands (Library of Congress)
  4. Law Library of Congress Search: Netherlands (Library of Congress)
  5. ForIntLaw: Netherlands (Washburn University Law Library)
  6. Law Schools of the World (FindLaw)
  7. Update: Researching Dutch Law (GlobaLex)
  8. World Legal Information Institute: Netherlands (WorldLII)
  9. World Legal Materials from Europe: Netherlands (Cornell Legal Information Institute)
  10. Legislation Online: the Netherlands
  11. Oxford LibGuides: the Netherlands

General sources on the Netherlands
  1. Law of the Netherlands (Wikipedia)
  2. Maps: Netherlands (Library of Congress)
  3. World Digital Library: Netherlands (Library of Congress/UNESCO)
  4. BBC News: Netherlands Country Profile
  5. Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments: Netherlands (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
  6. Consular Information Sheet: the Netherlands
  7. Country Information: Netherlands (U.S. Dept. of State)
  8. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Netherlands (U.S. Dept. of State)
  9. The Economist: Netherlands
  10. Embassy of the Netherlands, Washington
  11. Fact Sheet: U.S. Relations With Netherlands (U.S. Dept. of State)
  12. A Guide to Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations: The Netherlands (U.S. Dept. of State. Office of the Historian)
  13. Human Rights in the Netherlands (Amnesty International)
  14. International Religious Freedom Reports: Netherlands (U.S. Dept. of State)
  15. National Library in the Netherlands: Koninklijke Bibliotheek
  16. U.S. Embassy, The Hague (U.S. Dept. of State)
  17. U.S. Consulate, Curacao (U.S. Dept. of State)
  18. World Factbook: the Netherlands (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency)
  19. World Health Organization: the Netherlands

Employment law in the Netherlands
  1. Duration of employment under Dutch law
  2. Probation period in the Netherlands
  3. Non-competition under Dutch employment law
  4. Sick pay in the Netherlands
  5. Business reorganizations in the Netherlands
  6. Works council in the Netherlands

Commercial contracts in the Netherlands
  1. Commercial agency in the Netherlands
  2. Termination of an agency agreement
  3. Goodwill compensation under Dutch agency law
  4. Franchising in the Netherlands
  5. Distributorship in the Netherlands

Dutch corporate law
  1. Doing business in the Netherlands
  2. Setting up a business in the Netherlands
  3. Company name search in the Netherlands
  4. Registration of a company in the Netherlands
  5. Shareholder of a company in the Netherlands
  6. Transfer of shares in a company in the Netherlands
  7. Management board in the Netherlands
  8. Supervisory board in the Netherlands
  9. Shareholders meeting in the Netherlands
  10. Piercing the corporate veil in the Netherlands
  11. Director's liability in the Netherlands
  12. Liability of shareholders in the Netherlands
  13. Inquiry proceedings in the Netherlands

Lawyer in the Netherlands
  1. Business lawyer in the Netherlands

Useful Dutch directories
  1. Aanmelden site
  2. Allepaginas.nl
  3. Benelinx.nl
  4. Beginthier.nl
  5. Beginzo.nl
  6. Boogolinks.nl
  7. Dutchstart.nl
  8. Eigenoverzicht.nl
  9. Eigenpage.nl
  10. Eigenstart.nl
  11. Expertpagina.nl
  12. Favos.nl
  13. Jouwlinkhier.nl
  14. Leukeinfo.nl
  15. Linkdirectory.be
  16. Linkexplorer.com
  17. Linkgoed.nl
  18. Linkjespagina.nl
  19. Linkkwartier.nl
  20. LinkPages.nl
  21. Links.nl
  22. Mijnzooi.nl
  23. Onlinecentro.nl
  24. Ontslagspecialist.nl
  25. Sitelinkje.nl
  26. Sitepark.nl
  27. Slimmestart.nl
  28. Startbewijs.nl
  29. Startcard.be
  30. Startgroei.nl
  31. Startgroup.be
  32. Starthoekje.nl
  33. Startje.com
  34. Startjenu.nl
  35. Start-links.nl
  36. Startmee.nl
  37. StartMenus.nl - Verzameling kwaliteitslinks over allerlei onderwerpen
  38. Startnl.com
  39. Start Pagina
  40. Startplezier.nl
  41. Startsearch.nl
  42. Startsleutel.nl
  43. Starttopper.nl
  44. Startuwpagina.nl
  45. Startwall.nl
  46. Startze.nl
  47. Startzoeken.nl
  48. Topbegin.nl
  49. Tipjes.nl
  50. Uitpluizen.be
  51. Uwpagina.nl
  52. Vaststellingsovereenkomst laten controleren
  53. Vinddirect.nl
  54. Zoekidee.nl
  55. Zoekvinden.nl