aernoud bourdrez

Welcome at the website of Aernoud Bourdrez, a devoted lawyer and tenacious advocate of the interests of designers, photographers, architects, visual artists and all others in the visual world. 


Aernoud is specialized in copyright law and a seasoned (conflict) negotiator. He is author of books on law and negotiations and an ardent fan and a passionate collector of contemporary art.


Aernoud Bourdrez is an attorney at law, offering top quality legal advice, assisting at key moments regarding issues that really matter.

With twenty years of experience acting on behalf of up-and-coming and established clients in the art world, Aernoud understands the interplay of forces in any conflict situation.


He is a talented strategist, an effective communicator and negotiator, and a tenacious advocate of his clients’ interests.

He has built a reputation as a trustworthy and effective negotiator in complex conflicts. 
Aernoud studied law at the University of Amsterdam and Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. 


He completed the MfN-basic training Mediation & Negotiation and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Aernoud has worked for (a.o.) Allen&Overy, Höcker and Florent. 

On 01.09.2020, Aernoud started a new law firm for the art world, together with Berber Brouwer and Benjamin van Werven: Walden Grene | legal advisors, negotiators & litigators. See

Aernoud is a frequent speaker on his fascination with the law, as well as his love for the arts and in particular the occasional collision between those two worlds.


He presents lectures on the art of negotiating to executive boards and boards of directors, and also teaches negotiation as part of the post-graduate programme on Mergers & Acquisitions.   


For inquiries concerning lectures by Aernoud Bourdrez, please contact Quality Bookings:


Aernoud Bourdrez is owner of His Master’s Choice, a boutique shop and gallery in Amsterdam at the Czaar Peterstraat. His Master's Choice contains  a considered selection of timeless artefacts and curiosities, all curated by Aernoud.

All artworks are from his clients. 
Brilliant originators with ideas of consequence sharing the results of their creativity. 


The products are rigorously curated, each an innovative take on a classic item, more practical and aesthetically pleasing than anything else on the market. 

For negotiators, Aernoud has selected the best books at this moment available. From Getting to Yes (on rational negotiating) and Beyond Reason (on emotional negotiating), both from Harvard, to Lateral Thinking (on creative negotiating).

See: His Master's Choice

Publisher: Paradigma
Language: Dutch
Design: buro van Ons
Publication date: May 2009
GRRR offers 75 successful strategies for resolving conflicts. Co-developed by Harvard University, countless lawyers, three bonobos, two kissing boxers, a cowboy, Mikhail Gorbachev, Sun Tzu and John Rambo, these strategies have been thoroughly tested and can be applied everywhere, whether at the kitchen table, on the street or in the boardroom.
Think Like a Lawyer, Don’t Act Like One
Publisher: BIS Publishers
Language: Dutch, English
Design: buro van Ons
Publication date: May 2013

Revised edition of GRRR
International bestseller
70.000 copies sold

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Publisher: Boom Juridische Uitgevers
Language: Dutch
Design: Melle Hammer
Publication date: June 2015

Co-written with Matthijs Brons
Preface by Coen Drion

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  • Auteursrecht in beeld
Language: Dutch
Expected publication date: 2020
Title: De Volkskrant
Author: Marlies Dinjens
Language: Dutch
Publication date: October 2008
Title: De Volkskrant
Author: Nicoline Baartman
Language: Dutch
Publication date: June 2009
Title: Wallpaper
Author: Ellie Stathaki
Language: English
Publication date: January 2008
Title: Fantastic Man
Author: Zac Bayly
Language: English
Publication date: March 2015
Title: Advocatenblad
Author: Nathalie Gloudemans-Voogd
Language: Dutch
Publication date: August 2015
Title: Stedelijk Museum
Author: Aernoud Bourdrez
Language: English
Publication date: October 2015
Title: Yourlab
Author: Robin van den Maagdenburg
Language: Dutch
Publication date: October 2016
Title: FD
Author: Sanne Kloosterboer
Language: Dutch
Publication date: October 2017

Law / negotiations:

Walden Grene
Oostenburgergracht 75
1018 NC Amsterdam
+31  651149111



Speakers Academy
Schiedamse Vest 67-71
3012 BE Rotterdam
+31 10 4333322
[email protected]


Art / books:

His Master's Choice
Czaar Peterstraat 145
1018 PH Amsterdam



Aernoud Bourdrez
Landsmeerderdijk 100
1035 PX Amsterdm
+31 6 51149111

Design: Veronica Ditting
Programming: Thijs Gadiot