Prof Dr Mr Sjef van Erp (J.H.M.)
Dutch and European private (international) law, specialising in property law
Professional career history
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 a research assistant and 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), and Socrates visiting professor at Trento University (Italy). In 1997, Sjef van Erp was appointed Professor of Civil Law and European Private Law at Maastricht University. Currently (2003), he is chairman of the Private Law Department. He is Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeal of 's-Hertogenbosch, Deputy Judge at the District Court of Amsterdam, President of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association, board member of the International Association of Legal Science and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Comparative Law (http://www.ejcl.org), member of the international editorial board of the Russian Journal of Comparative Law, co-founder and member of the board of the Dutch Inter-University Foundation for the Study of European Private Law and 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 the Russian Federation, Armenia, Ukraine, Eritrea, Belarus, the Baltic States and Hungary during the redrafting process of civil and commercial law (including the training of judges), membership of a Dutch delegation to Mongolia in order to establish a training programme for the Mongolian judiciary, co-founder and Dutch chairman of the Netherlands-German Law Association and board member of the Inter-University Foundation 'Centre for International Legal Cooperation'. His research focuses on comparative and European private law and the comparison of the American federal experience with European integration.