Gerrit-Jan Zwenne, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne

Attorney-at-law • partner

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne specialises in privacy and data protection law, with extensive experience in internet and telecom law and legal issues concerning blockchain, cloud, and sensor data. He uses his knowledge and experience to advise trade associations, multinationals, start-ups, regulatory authorities and many governments on digitisation.

Gerrit-Jan obtained his master’s degree and PhD in Dutch Law from Leiden University, where he also defended his dissertation Taxation and Information Requirements in 1998. He is Professor of Law and a member of the Information Society at Leiden University. Gerrit-Jan was partner at Brinkhof and Bird & Bird LLP before joining Pels Rijcken in 2018. He has written a number of preliminary reports about digitisation, including for the Dutch Lawyers Association, the Association for Health Law, and the Association for Education Law. He chairs the Netherlands Association for IT and Law (NVvIR) and the Association of Privacy Lawyers (VPR-A) and is a member of the Board of the Privacy Law Association (VPR). He is also a member of the Constitutionality Advisory Committee of the Netherlands Bar Association, the Advisory Board of the National Archives, and lecturer and examiner in the VIRA-Grotius programme for ICT lawyers. He is editor (and author) of Text & Commentary on Privacy and Telecommunications Law, Concise European Data Protection, E-Commerce and IT Law, the Journal of Internet Law and Sdu Monographs ICT law.


  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 2019
  • "Gerrit-Jan Zwenne is a recent addition to the firm's data protection team. One commentator presents him as an authority on data privacy, going on to explain: He's very knowledgeable and able to give concise and useful advice.", Chambers Europe 2019