Irene van der Heijden has been a lawyer since 2011. She has been working at Pels Rijcken since 2015. She is an expert in the application of the General Administrative Law Act, the general administrative law doctrine and principles and administrative procedural law, partly due to her experience as a lawyer at the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State before she qualified as a lawyer. Irene also specialises in administrative compensation law and has extensive experience with the application of the Public Administration Probity Screening Act (Bibob Act) and the powers of the mayor to maintain public order, often at the interface with civil law or criminal law. She handles these cases for the State as well as for local and other governments. Irene also counts the Dutch Media Authority amongst her regular clients.
Irene studied constitutional and administrative law and criminal law at the University of Groningen. She publishes the half-yearly chronicle on General Administrative Law in the Nederlands Juristenblad and also regularly publishes in the Gemeentestem, on topics including public order issues. She is also a lecturer on developments in general administrative law and the Bibob Act.