Paul Russell

Paul is a seasoned litigator, combining tenacity and creativity with profound legal knowledge

Paul Russell is senior partner at Russell Advocaten. He assists entrepreneurs in national and international disputes on corporate governance, contracts, and corporate litigation. Paul is a seasoned litigator, combining tenacity and creativity with profound legal knowledge. This enables him to find the desired solution for his clients, even if it does not seem to be quite possible at first.

In addition, he specializes in divorces involving large assets and enterprises. He also advises and litigates in art related cases for art dealers, museums and collectors.

And besides…
Paul was a member of the Dutch Senate for many years. He currently serves on the boards and supervisory boards of various charitable organizations.


  • Corporate law
  • Corporate litigation
  • Art and law
  • Real estate

Paul W.L. Russell, LL.M. has registered the following legal areas in the register of legal areas of the Netherlands Bar:

  • Corporate law
  • Civil litigation

According to the standards of the Netherlands Bar the registration obliges me to obtain ten training credits per year in each of the registered legal areas.

Specialist memberships


  • 1976 LL.M. in Civil Law (VU University Amsterdam)

Social commitment

  • Honorary Consul General of Luxembourg
  • Vice president of the Corps Consulaire à Amsterdam
  • Chairman of the Roman Catholic Foundation for the Promotion of Welfare Work
  • Member of the Holland America Friendship Foundation recommendations committee
  • Former member of the Dutch Senate


Inter alia:

  • Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau (Netherlands)
  • Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (France)
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Publications by Paul Russell

Paul Russell regularly writes about current legal developments. Below is an overview of his blogs, newsletters, books and articles.

  • Art

New rules restitution policy also apply to old cases

30 March 2021

The Dutch restitution policy returns to its original principles and is rightly becoming more generous. Cases that have already been settled can also be resubmitted. What will change in the policy?

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  • Art

Proposals of Buma Committee not sufficient for the protection of Dutch cultural heritage

3 March 2021

The sale of a drawing by Rubens, owned by Princess Christina, at an auction in New York caused great indignation and a discussion about the policy for cultural heritage in the Netherlands. This resulted in two advice committees, the Pechtold Committee and the Buma Committee. The latter has issued an interim opinion, that, if adopted, could have serious consequences for art collectors and art dealers in the Netherlands.

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  • Art

Dutch restitution policy has gone too far in the protection of Netherlands art property

8 December 2020

Russell Advocaten noticed in its proceedings before the Dutch Restitutions Committee that the committee increasingly attached importance to the interest of the current owners. This is contrary to the Washington Principles. The committee appointed to evaluate Dutch restitution policy agrees with us in its “Striving for Justice” report.

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  • Art
  • Litigation

Dutch government can block restitution of Nazi-looted art by designating it a protected cultural object

4 December 2020

Even if the Restitutions Committee recommends to return looted art, it is not certain that the work of art will actually return to its rightful claimants. It could be that the work of art is irreplaceable and indispensable to Dutch cultural heritage and may not leave the Netherlands.

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  • Art

13 November 2020: VKCR-event on the protection of cultural goods and the Heritage Act

13 November 2020

At the online symposium of the Vereniging Kunst Cultuur Recht on the Heritage Act and the protection of cultural goods, Paul W.L. Russell, LL.M. threw a few stones into the pond. How useful are protective measures to keep cultural heritage in the Netherlands without making underlying purchase funds directly available? Is the designation procedure necessary?

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  • Contracts

Investigation of facts by a lawyer

17 September 2020

Taking steps in the event of irregularities or a #MeToo-related issue in your company? Make sure all facts are disclosed by means of a thorough investigation of the facts!

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  • Art
  • Contracts

Rijksmuseum Twenthe pays into a fake bank account. What are the options?

6 February 2020

The Rijksmuseum Twenthe paid almost EUR 3 million into a fake bank account. Hackers had taken over the correspondence between the museum and an art dealer on the purchase of a painting by Constable. Who pays for the damage? The museum or the art dealer?

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  • Art

The consequences of the 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive for the art trade

16 January 2020

On 10 January 2020, the Fifth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive came into force. This will have major consequences for the art world. What are the most important ones?

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