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About Jan M Smits

Jan M. Smits is professor of European Private Law at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and Dean of the Faculty of Law. His publications and teaching are in the fields of European private law, comparative law and legal theory. Jan Smits was previously a professor of European private law and comparative law at Tilburg University. He holds a doctorate from Leiden University, was a visiting professor at several foreign universities and is a co-editor of various law journals and book series. In 2004, he was appointed a deputy judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. He is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and of the International Academy of Comparative Law (AIDC).


Present Chair of European Private Law, Maastricht University
Present Faculty of Law, Maastricht University

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

European Private Law, Comparative Law, and Legal Theory

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Contact Information

Faculty of Law
Maastricht University
P.O. Box 616
NL-6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands


Books (30)