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Professor Cees van Dam





Professor Cees van Dam became Visiting Professor at King’s College London in 2008. He is currently also part time Professor of International Business and Human Rights at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and part time Professor of European Tort Law at the European Law School of Maastricht University. He is a London based expert in Business and Human Rights, European Tort Law, Air Passenger Rights, and Dutch tort and contract law. 

From 2004-2007, he worked at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. Before moving to London he was Professor of Private Law at the VU University in Amsterdam. Prior to this tenure he was a member of staff at the Dutch Ministry of Justice where he worked on the new Dutch Civil Code, European Directives and international treaties.

Research interests

Professor Van Dam’s research interest are Business and Human Rights, European Tort Law and generally the impact of European and international law on the national private laws, particularly tort law and contract law. 

Selected Publications
  • ‘Enhancing Human Rights Protection: A Company Lawyer’s Business’, Inaugural lecture Rotterdam School of Management (Rotterdam: RSM, 2015)

  • ‘Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations in Domestic Tort Law’, in: Jernej Letnar Černič and Tara Van Ho (eds), Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights (Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2015), p. 475-497

  • ‘European Tort Law’, 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2013), 601 p.

  • ‘Shell’s victory and embarrassment in the Dutch court’, Huffington Post, 26 February 2013

  • ‘Tort Law and Human Rights. On the role of tort law in the area of business and human rights’ (2011) 2 Journal of European Tort Law, p. 221-254

  • ‘The Netherlands liable towards family of Srebrenica victims’, Insight American Society of International Law

  • Who is Afraid of Diversity? Cultural Diversity, European Co-operation, and European Tort Law’, (2009) 20 King’s Law Journal p. 281-308. 



  • Law of Tort


  • Business & Human Rights
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