International Private Law and Comparative Law
Rotterdam, one of the world's greatest harbour and an important city in The Netherlands is a source of ongoing cross-border activity. The increasing internationalisation of legal relationships and ever-growing transnational legal traffic means that users of legal services expect expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the international dimensions of law.
The Department of Private International and Comparative Law is composed of a broadly orientated staff. The Department is not only engaged in the traditional disciplines of Private International Law and Comparative law, but is also involved in research relating to the specific problems that arise in international legal practice. Particular attention is given to international court litigation and alternative dispute settlement, such as international commercial arbitration and mediation, as well as uniform procedural law, uniform trade law, and the private law aspects of commercial fraud. Part of the department's research falls under the Faculty's research programs 'Lex Mercatoria and Maatschappelijke Veiligheid.
The Department provides a wide range of courses at every level of legal studies. At the end of the Bachelor, the general course on Private International Law in Dutch language provides students with in-depth knowledge of transnational procedural law and conflicts of law both in family and commercial law.
In several Master's degrees, the Department offers numerous master level courses in Dutch and English. Among these are (Privaatrechtelijke) rechtsvergelijking, Eenvormig bedrijfsrecht, Internationaal handelsrecht, European Private International Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law and Legal Practice in East Asia. Annually, as part of a Master class, the department is involved in coaching students for the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Moot Competition.
The Department also lectures several key-courses in the Erasmus Postgraduate LL.M. Arbitration and Business Law including Conflict of Laws, International Litigation & Arbitration, Contract Drafting and International Business Law.
At research level, the Department is very active and shares its research and expertise with other Dutch and foreign academics and practitioners. It has published several books as wel as articles in renowned national and international journals. Staff members are invited on a regular basis to participate to national and international conferences as speakers and also sit on editorial boards of leading journals. Several staff members are active members of national and international associations, and of the International Contracts Working Groupe, (Groupe de Travail sur les Contrats Internationaux).