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Thomas van der Sommen

Thomas van der Sommen specializes in tort law. He focuses on human rights violations by multinational corporations and governments, in particular in the context of armed conflict and arms trade.

Thomas is a broadly schooled lawyer who started his education with the interdisciplinary bachelor program Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics. Following that, he focused his studies on Dutch law with particular attention to tort law. Thomas gained experience at i.a. the Dutch Council for Refugees, the Public Interest Litigation Project and the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists. Thomas has been working at the International law and Human Rights department at Prakken d’Oliveira since 2019, as of 2021 he works there as a lawyer.


  • Human rights
  • Business & Human Rights

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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.