Thursday 5th of October 2017

Pauline van Schouwenburg

Rotterdam District Court

"The Port and the Court"

Pauline studied law at Rijksuniversiteit Leiden from 1989 to 1995. She majored in Dutch civil law.

Pauline became a member of the Rotterdam bar in 1995 and joined the firm Trenité Van Doorne, which merged with Simmons & Simmons in 2002. After a few years in corporate law she entered the field of trade and transport law. She graduated with honors from the Grotius Academy’s Specialist Course in Transport Law in 2000.

In 2007 she left private practice to become a judge at the Rotterdam District Court. After a year’s training she was appointed by the Crown. Pauline is a member of the Court’s Maritime Chamber and focuses on (international) maritime, transport and mercantile cases.

Pauline was promoted to the rank of senior judge in 2015. She trains new judges and participates in several projects geared towards maintaining and improving the quality of maritime judges inside and outside The Netherlands. She initiated the Rotterdam Court’s pilot program enabling professional parties to conduct proceedings in English before the Court’s Maritime Chamber. Pauline has co-drafted the Rules of Procedure of the Netherlands Commercial Court, a specialized English-language chamber of the Amsterdam courts. She occasionally lectures to students, foreign lawyers or professionals in the field of maritime and transport law.