Esther Theyskens

Managing Partner Criminal Law

Esther Theyskens is a passionately motivated lawyer in criminal law and human rights. She regards a thorough approach and legal expertise as the keys to success.

Esther Theyskens obtained her master’s in law at Ghent University in 2014, after which she specialised in international criminal law and human rights for her Master of Laws (LL.M.) at New York University in 2015. She gained extensive international experience in this field, including an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York. Esther is currently taking additional training in criminal business law at the French-speaking Université catholique de Louvain, in order to add this complex area to those in which she is able to provide clients with the best advice.

During the first three years of her career, Esther focused on public and administrative law at the international firm Allen & Overy in Brussels. She is able to draw on the knowledge and experience she acquired there in the administrative proceedings (in connection with permits, administrative measures, etc.) that she takes on.

Degrees and qualifications

Certificate in Criminal Business Law, Université catholique de Louvain, 2021
LL.M. in International Criminal Law and Human Rights, New York University, 2015
Master's in Law, Ghent University, 2014
Exchange Programme 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
Legal advice for perpetrators and victims of crime
General and specialised criminal law
Criminal business law
Administrative law

Opinion & blog


Dutch, French, English


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