In criminal justice, it can be dangerous to believe that one's ideas are good and that one has found the right way of doing things.

Tamara Buruma (1985)

As a criminal lawyer, Tamara Buruma focuses on international criminal cases with a political component, such as genocide, terrorism, and piracy as well as non-violent activism during demonstrations and complaints about government action. She also handles complex money laundering and fraud cases. In her work, she combines thorough investigation of the facts with well-founded legal arguments. As a cassation specialist, she's not afraid to question existing case law and elicit new interpretations. She is partner since 2017.


  • Criminal law
  • Law of war
  • Sanctions law
  • Public order

Lawyer since



Additional functions

  • Tamara is admitted as co-counsel to the List of Counsel for the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
  • Member of the Stichting Mens en Strafrecht (MenS)
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Criminal Lawyers (NVSA) and the Advice Committee Criminal Law of the Dutch Bar Association   
  • Member of the Association of Appeal Cases in criminal law (Vereniging van Cassatieadvocaten in Strafzaken (VCAS))
  • Phd candidate on the topic of incitement at Leiden University 


  • Strafblad: 'De onafhankelijkheid van het Openbaar Ministerie, door de ogen van een advocaat' (maart 2017), nr. 1, p.48-54
  • Strafblad: 'Terrorismevervolgingen: een bloemenketting met doornen' (oktober 2016), nr. 4, p. 244-250
  • Strafblad: 'De strafzaak en de politiek’  (november 2015), nr. 5, p. 411-415 
  • Tijdschrift voor Compliance: De sanctieregeling vanuit het perspectief van de gesanctioneerden’ (februari 2015), nr. 1, p. 32-37 
  • Strafblad: Te goed van vertrouwen?’ (met Göran Sluiter) (november 2014), nr. 5, p. 388-395 
  • Levend strafrecht (Liber Amicorum): ‘Bij tegenslag moedig voorwaarts! Politiek verzet in de huidige samenleving’ (Deventer; Kluwer 2011, p. 93-106)

In the media

Prakken d'Oliveira, formerly known as Böhler, is a law firm with expertise and experience in asylum and immigration law, European law, administrative law, international criminal law and human rights. Our lawyers provide advice and conduct procedures before the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND), the Dutch Review Committee on the Intelligence and Security Services (CTIVD), the District- and Appeals courts, the Administrative Law Division of the Dutch Council of State, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), the Human Rights Treaty Bodies of the United Nations (UN), the International Criminal Court (ICC), and other international tribunals.