You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

Barbara van Straaten

Barbara van Straaten is a criminal defence lawyer with a special focus on the area of business & human rights. Barbara specialises in cases in the field of international criminal law, extradition and specialised criminal law. Barbara is also specialised in victim representation in the broadest sense. She advises companies as well as persons who want to file a criminal complaint. She also regularly represents victims of serious crime and sexual assault. 

Barbara holds LLMs in International Criminal Law (cum laude), and Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam. She followed part of her studies at Cambridge University and Columbia University (US). She has gained experience at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the UN Human Rights Council and the European Commission. Previously, she worked as an associate at a large commercial law firm, in which capacity she gained experience in advising (international) corporations. 

Barbara regularly teaches law students on topics of criminal law. 


  • Human rights
  • Criminal law
  • Business & Human Rights
  • International criminal law

Lawyer since



Additional functions

Member of the Dutch Association for Criminal Law Lawyers (NVSA) Specialization for representation of victims in criminal cases Member of the National Network of Lawyers for Victims of Serious Crime and Sexual Assault (LANGSZ)


  • Boom Strafblad, 'Ecocide als internationaal misdrijf? Perspectieven op vervolging en berechting in Nederland', afl. 3, 2020

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