About Joost Houdijk

Joost Houdijk is a lawyer at AKD who specialises in European law and competition law. He advises and litigates on cartel arrangements and abuse of dominant positions, to name a few. In addition, he regularly assists enterprises with M&A notifications to the European Commission and the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). Joost also represents enterprises and public authorities in litigation before Dutch courts and the European Court of Justice.

Another specialist area Joost focuses on, in addition to competition law, is Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). His practice also encompasses the EU freedom of movement law, EU transportation law and consumer protection law.

Clients value Joost for his razor-sharp analysis of complex legal issues, and for his ability to immerse and familiarise himself with the specific circumstances of their organisations. They appreciate his ambition, maximum commitment and creativity to get the best result possible.

Joost regularly lectures at universities and private education institutes, such as University of Utrecht and the Radboud University of Nijmegen. He has numerous publications to his name, published in dozens of national and international journals. Joost has also co-authored books and reports. In 2009, Joost obtained a doctorate, successfully defending a dissertation on the involvement of public interests in competition law. He has been a long-standing editor of the multilingual Benelux journal Le Droit des Affairs/Het Ondernemingsrecht (DAOR), which addresses all aspects of economic and corporate law. His memberships include the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), the Dutch Competition Law Association, and the Dutch Association for Civil Procedural Law.


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  • Radboud University Nijmegen: International and European Law, Dutch Law
  • Radboud University Nijmegen: PhD in Competition Law
Admitted to bar
  • The Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Competition Law Association
  • AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers)
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