Marte van Graafeiland, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Marte van Graafeiland

Attorney-at-law • senior associate

Marte van Graafeiland has been with Pels Rijcken since 2010. She specialises in and deals with all aspects of privacy law, especially in the public domain. She advises departments of ministries, small and large local authorities and regulatory authorities on their privacy law issues in the area of the social domain, healthcare, police and justice, public order and social security, among others. Marte advises on both 'classic' privacy issues and the privacy law aspects of digital developments, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data and smart cities. She regularly litigates in administrative and civil court disputes involving privacy law aspects, including the sustainability of privacy legislation and regulations, the admissibility of data processing and the rights of data subjects under the GDPR, including the right of access.

Marte graduated cum laude from Tilburg University with a master’s degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law and Private Law. Marte writes regularly about privacy law and frequently speaks at conferences on this subject. Together with her colleagues Sandra Heukelom-Verhage and Jeroen Naves, she was awarded the PON essay prize for the white paper 'Legal Aspects of Blockchain'.


  • Recommended lawyer, Legal 500, 2021
  • I particularly valued the expertise of […] Marte van Graafeiland. Both are highly skilled, intelligent, committed and helpful, and they were able to understand the very fundamental technical details of our blockchain device, which was, in my opinion, essential to give appropriate legal advice.”. En “They are smart and very analytical, are quick and ask the right questions. They are very natural in their interaction. Marte van Graafeiland […] all excel at this in particular. Their vision of innovation is very helpful and also relatively rare in the legal community.”, Legal 500, 2020
  • Recommended lawyer, Legal 500, 2020