Marieke van Hooijdonk


Marieke specialises in international arbitration and leading the Arbitration Group in Amsterdam.

Marieke is a renowned international arbitration counsel, typically handling corporate and commercial disputes involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and trade matters. She also represents clients in arbitration related court proceedings. Marieke has served as the Dutch member on the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris from 2014 until 2021. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and the Dutch National Commission. She often acts as arbitrator, including as chair and emergency arbitrator. Marieke also has a long standing role as deputy judge at the Court of Appeal in Arnhem-Leeuwarden. Marieke regularly speaks and writes on arbitration related issues.

Her book "Litigation in the Netherlands" published by Kluwer, is still widely used. Marieke appears on the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for her dedicated work in the Arbitration practice area. As well as this, she receives excellent feedback from clients: "Marieke van Hooijdonk leads the team. She is our go-to lawyer for complex disputes. Very knowledgeable and good strategic instinct. Her advocacy skills are superb." (Legal 500 2023 Dispute Resolution: Arbitration). “Marieke van Hooijdonk is the grand lady of the Dutch arbitration scene, brilliant sharp mind and excellent analytical and tactical skills. A pleasure to work with.” .(Legal 500 2023 Dispute Resolution: Arbitration)."She is absolutely brilliant.” (Chambers Global 2023 Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel) Marieke is ranked as Band 1 – Arbitration Counsel (Chambers Europe, Netherlands, 2023-2014) and Thought Leader in Who's Who Legal Arbitration.

Published Work

  • 'Arbitration of M&A Transactions in the Netherlands' in: Arbitration of M&A Transactions, A Practical Global Guide, Globe Business Publishing Ltd 2020, April 2020
  • The Impact of the IBA Guidelines and Rules on the Search for the Truth in Arbitration ‘Do arbitral awards reveal the truth?’ with Yves Herinckx (Wolters Kluwer 2019), pp. 93-120; ISBN 978-94-03- 00767-0, March 2019
  • ‘Internationale arbitrage en de rol van de bedrijfsjurist’, with N.J. Gans in Bedrijfsjuridische berichten, 2017/11, March 2017
  • ‘Arbitration in the Netherlands’, with M.S. Schaink, Arbitration Jour-nal Brazil (Revista de Arbitragem e Mediação), no. 50/2016, September 2016

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Member, Dutch ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Member, Dutch Arbitration Association



Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2021

Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, 1995

Listed in the register of legal practice areas of the Dutch Bar Association for Burgerlijk procesrecht (Litigation)


Degree, Law, University of Amsterdam, 1994

LLM, Columbia Law School, 1995


Dutch, English
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