Prominent alumni

Law School’s alumni include members of the Dutch Supreme Court, of international courts, the former Secretary General of NATO, prominent lawyers in the Netherlands and the USA, and Chief Executives of multinational companies.

During its history the Leiden Law School has continuously managed to maintain its reputation for excellence by combining high level of academic teaching with acclaimed and innovative research. The Law School has an eminent reputation in the training of lawyers and diplomats. The Law School’s alumni include members of the Dutch Supreme Court, of international courts, the former Secretary General of NATO, prominent lawyers in the Netherlands and the USA, and Chief Executives of multinational companies.


They studied law at Leiden

Alumni of Leiden Law School include: 

  • Hugo Grotius, founder of the modern natural law theory 
  • Rudolph Cleveringa, known for his acclaimed protest speech to defend his Leiden colleague E.M. Meijers at the time of German occupation; and the honarary supervisor of the Leiden honorary doctorate for Sir Winston Churchill 
  • Princess Beatrix van Oranje-Nassau of the Netherlands 
  • Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador. Currently professor, Leiden Law School 
  • Dorette Corbey, European Parliament 
  • Jan Ernst de Groot, Managing Director, KLM 
  • Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former Secretary General of NATO. Currently professor, Leiden Law School
  • Clementine de Vries Lentsch-Kostense, Deputy Procurator General at the Supreme Court 
  • His Royal Highness Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Head of the Information Policy & Economics team, RAND Europe Brussels 
  • Armin van Buuren, the offi cial ‘World’s Most Popular DJ’ in DJ top 100 poll

His Royal Highness Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau

‘Law and Leiden, in the Netherlands the combination is as obvious as Pisa and its tower; not quite as old but just as unavoidably linked. For me the link was less obvious. I chose the town and university independent of the study of Law. The town attracted me for its charm and student life. Law - I hoped - would train me to take an objective perspective and provide me with a good approach for structuring problems. I found that in addition Leiden University offers academic tradition and international standing. Leiden opened my eyes to such issues as the rights of migrants, European law and institutions, and civil and international law. What I learnt here within the Law School and beyond provided a basis for the rest of my career and personal development.’

Professor Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Former Secretary General of NATO, currently Professor of Law at Leiden Law School
‘The combination of studying Law and Leiden University still evokes very fond memories. Leiden, with a centuries-long tradition of excellence in both Humanities and Science, proved to pair a very stimulating academic environment with living in a ‘human scale’ city with many possibilities for extra-curricular activities. And so it still does to this day. Leiden Law School’s longstanding focus on both civil and international law provided me with a very solid legal training and foundation, which have proven invaluable through the years, in very different incarnations


 
Last Modified: 27-08-2015