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prof. Sjef van Erp
professor of Civil Law and European Private Law
Sjef van Erp holds a law degree from Tilburg University (1977) and studied at the Faculté Internationale pour l'Enseignement du Droit Comparé and the Hague Academy of International Law. After working as legal adviser at the Netherlands Royal Society of Notaries, he started working as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Tilburg University. As a visiting scholar, he did comparative legal research at the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht (Germany), Wolfson College Cambridge (UK) and Berkeley (US). In 1990, he completed his doctorate thesis and continued his work at Tilburg University as an associate professor. He continued his research abroad at Cambridge (UK), Berkeley (US), Quebec (Canada), Harvard (US), Osnabrück and Hamburg (Germany). He was visiting professor at Université Laval (Quebec, Canada) and Cornell University (US), Socrates visiting professor at Trento University (Italy) and from 2004 – 2006 Marie Curie fellow at the Zentrum für Europäische Rechtspolitik at Bremen University (Germany). He is a fellow of the South African Research Chair in Property Law at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). In 1997, Sjef van Erp was appointed Professor of Civil Law and European Private Law at Maastricht University. He is Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeals of 's-Hertogenbosch, former President of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association, member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Legal Science, co-founder of the European Law Institute (ELI), member of ELI’s Executive Committee and chair of ELI’s International Relations Committee, co-founder and advisory editor (until 2014: editor-in-chief) of the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (formerly: Electronic Journal of Comparative Law: http://www.ejcl.org), co-founder and editor-in-chief European Property Law Journal, member of the international editorial board of the Russian Journal of Comparative Law, member of the Collegio dei docenti del Dottorato in Studi giuridici comparati ed europei of Trento University (Italy). Other professional activities include: membership of a Dutch group of experts to assist Armenia, the Baltic States, Belarus, Eritrea, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, during the redrafting process of civil and commercial law (including the training of judges). He has been a member of review panels for academic funding organisations in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Italy. His research focuses on comparative and European private (particularly: property) law, private international law and the comparison of the American federal experience with European integration.
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European Private Law
s.vanerp AT maastrichtuniversity.nl


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