Thies Leijsen


Thies Leijsen particularly focuses on administrative law, real estate law, employment and public service law. He advises and assists governmental bodies and clients in the public sector as well as large international clients in the private sector on matters in the field of, for instance, spatial planning, licenses and leaseholds.

Thies studied law at the Maastricht University and obtained his master’s degree at the University of Westminster in London. He started his career as an attorney-at-law in the Netherlands and also worked for a law firm on St. Maarten. In 2011, he switched to VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne.

Thies regularly speaks at meetings and events on various topics within the field of administrative law, employment law and real estate law. Furthermore, Thies is a lecturer in employment law and administrative law at Training Institute Bonaire.

Related activities

  • Dean of the Bonaire Bar Association
  • Member of the Junior Bar Association
  • Member of the Antillean Jurist Association
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the BES islands

Recent experience

  • Assisting Bonaire’s housing association in the organization of bid procedures the preparation of contracts.
  • Representing NuStar Energy in proceedings against St. Eustatius Monument Foundation regarding an oil terminal on St. Eustatius.
  • Representing Curacao Customs in administrative law proceedings regarding the confiscation of Venezuelan vessels used for trade in Curacao.