Esther Theyskens

Senior Criminal Law Officer

Esther Theyskens is a very passionate lawyer in criminal law and human rights. Thoroughness and legal knowledge are the keys to success for her.

Esther Theyskens obtained her Master of Laws from the University of Ghent in 2014, after which she specialized in international criminal law and human rights during her Master of Laws (LL.M.) at New York University in 2015. She gained extensive international experience. in this field, including through an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York.

Esther is currently following additional training in corporate criminal law at the (French-speaking) Université catholique de Louvain, in order to provide clients with the best advice in this complex matter.

During the first three years of her career, Esther focused on public and administrative law at the international office of Allen & Overy in Brussels. The knowledge and experience she gained there bear fruit in the administrative procedures (in the context of permits, administrative measures, etc.) that she takes care of.


Certificate in Corporate Criminal Law, Université catholique de Louvain, 2021
LL.M. in International Criminal Law and Human Rights, New York University, 2015
Master of Laws, Ghent University, 2014
Exchange Program at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), 2012-2013


Allen & Overy in Brussels


Registered at the Brussels Bar from 2015-2018
Registered at the New York Bar since 2016
Registered at the Ghent Bar since 2019
Internship at the International Center for Transitional Justice (Department of International Criminal Law), New York, 2015
Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania, 2013
Internship at the NGO PASSOP (refugee organisation), South Africa, 2013


human rights
Assistance to perpetrators and victims of crime
General and special criminal law
Criminal business law
Administrative law


Dutch, French, English


0032 (0)9 269 10 69
personal assistant: Aurelie Depre, aurelie.depre@vsadvocaten.be0032 (0)9 269 10 63