Speaking slot

7 December 2017: Anna Collignon and Marleen Velthuis give a lecture about administrative and criminal enforcement action under environmental law

7 December 2017: Anna Collignon and Marleen Velthuis give a lecture about administrative and criminal enforcement action under environmental law

14.11.2017 NL law

On 7 December, lawyers Anna Collignon (administrative law) and Marleen Velthuis (criminal law) will give a lecture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) about the possible enforcement action that companies could face under environmental law. They will  focus on the area where administrative supervision turns into a criminal investigation and provide insight into the different rules and obligations for each stage of the investigation.

In addition to the possible sanctions, Anna and Marleen will give practical guidance on the dos & don'ts  with a view to avoiding enforcement action as far as possible. There will also be ample opportunity for questions and discussion. 


Due to the multitude of statutory rules in the field of  environmental law, companies are often faced with inspections and subsequent sanctions for alleged infringement.   From a company's perspective, the line between administrative and criminal enforcement is becoming blurred. Inspectors of the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment (ISZW), the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) or environmental services are often both supervisor (administrative) and investigating officer (criminal). For that reason, it's not always clear for companies which requirements apply and how they should cooperate. However, it is essential for companies to know the difference between the rules and penalties that apply from an administrative law and criminal law perspective.

Practical information:

Date: 7 December 2017 (2 PM – 5:30 PM)

Location: De Nieuwe Poort, Claude Debussylaan 2, 1082MD Amsterdam

This lecture is aimed at: lawyers,  in-house lawyers, plant managers and SHEQ managers

Cost:  EUR 210 (including coffee, tea and digital course material) - UvA alumni: EUR 189

To register please go to: the website of the University of Amsterdam (Bestuurs- en strafrechtelijke handhaving van milieurecht).

Kindly note this course will be in Dutch.


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