About Wienke Zwier

Wienke Zwier is a attorney-at-law at AKD who specialises in environmental law in a broad sense, with a focus on nature conservation law. Wienke concentrates on, for example, permit and dispensation procedures and enforcement issues based on the Nature Conservation Act (Wet natuurbescherming). She also advises on planning procedures in which nature plays a role and deals with nitrogen-related issues. In addition Wienke advises and represents clients in proceedings relating to all-in-one permits for physical aspects, spatial plans and environmental issues. She also publishes and lectures regularly on subjects relating to her practice.

Wienke's clients primarily include government bodies, companies and institutions from the non-profit sector. Her clients appreciate her critical legal view and her calm approach to getting to the root of complicated issues. Wienke's added value is that she not only speaks the language of the law book, but also the language of ecologists and contractors. Wienke’s focus on nature and the environment is the result of a personal passion. The seed was planted during her childhood, on walks in the countryside and excursions with forest rangers. While studying in Groningen and London, Ontario, she explored the regulations relating to nature and the environment in considerable detail. During an internship at the Center for Human Rights and Environment in Argentina, she focused on the relationship between human rights and the state of the environment and access to environmental information. As a attorney-at-law Wienke has been involved in various developments relating to Natura 2000 areas. Examples of these are the designation of the Leenheerenpolder, flooding of the Hedwigepolder and developments which are resulting in extra nitrogen on, or disruption in, Natura 2000 areas.

Wienke also has plenty of experience with species protection law which plays a role, for example, in the context of area development, demolition and new building and wildlife management. She also advises on, for example, energy projects, housebuilding and renovation projects, the development of business parks and infrastructural projects.

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  • University of Groningen: Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • University of Groningen: International and European Law
  • University of Western Ontario, Canada VMA
  • Grotius: Specialization course in Spatial Planning and Environmental Law
Admitted to bar
  • The Netherlands
Legal practice areas the Netherlands Bar’s register

Wienke Zwier has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):


  • Environmental and planning law


Based on this registration, Wienke 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.

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