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Elles Besselsen

attorney-at-law, partner

+31(0)20 752 32 27

After a long career as an archaeologist, Elles has been practising European and Dutch immigration law since 2013. Before she became an attorney-at-law, Elles was involved in several research projects of the University of Amsterdam and Amnesty International on integration, family reunification procedures, human rights of migrants without documents and economic integration of refugees, among other topics.

Elles is a passionate lawyer in the field of European immigration law and nationality law. In her practice, Elles mainly assists individuals, particularly in the areas of family migration, EU residence rights (such as Chavez-Vilchez) and acquisition and loss of Dutch citizenship. In addition, Elles has a love for the arts and assists a large group of independent artists, musicians and dancers.

Elles regularly writes articles for professional journals and is active at Lawyers 4 Lawyers.

Netherlands Bar registration

Elles Besselsen has registered the following principal legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Immigration law

Based on this registration, she is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.


For a list of publications in Dutch please visit Elles’ Dutch profile page.


Memberships and ancillary positions

Lawyers 4 Lawyers – Chair of focus group Europe

WRV – Dutch professional organization for immigration attorneys

SVMA – Specialist Association of Migration Lawyers