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Wilhelminaplein 16
3072 DE Rotterdam


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Rik van Waasbergen

Transport / Insurance

Rik’s main fields of expertise are transport law, insurance law and international commercial law and he is listed as an arbitrator with UNUM. Rik quickly gets to heart of any case. His vast experience means that he needs little time to provide his clients with clear, unambiguous legal advice. Rik is also very resolute when the need arises to take legal action. Thanks in part to his experience as an arbitrator, he is quick to see through the positions, measures and actions that the other party may be expected to take.

Areas of expertise

Transport, International Commercial and Insurance Law

  • advising on cargo damage claims (both on behalf of cargo stakeholders and on behalf of carriers)
  • disputes of contracts of affreightment and similar disputes
  • collision, salvage and wreck removal, and general average affairs
  • drafting of and advising on agreements such as affreightment contracts, pool contracts, commercial, engineering and management contracts, logistics contracts and terms and conditions.
  • assistance in criminal and administrative disputes related to oil contamination and regulations in the field of waste products
  • handling disputes and advising on national and international road transport (e.g. CMR) and air law
  • contracts and disputes concerning shipbuilding and yacht building

International Commercial Law and Customs Law

  • litigation and advice on international (trade) contracts
  • advising on international trade agreements and other contracts
  • (international) arbitration proceedings

Insurance Law (both maritime and ‘dry’ insurance law)

  • coverage disputes and liability matters
  • court proceedings and arbitration proceedings

Register of legal practice areas

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

  • transport and commercial law
  • insurance law

Pursuant to this registration, Rik 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 (Nederlandse orde van advocaten).


  • Dutch Law, Leiden University (1991)
  • Grotius specialisation course in transport law


Rik van Waasbergen, Dirk Noels & Sander Metzelaar, ‘Het onderscheid “vervoer of expeditie”: een rechtsvergelijking tussen Nederlands en Belgisch recht’, IHT 2022, afl. 2, p. 133-161