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Prof. em. Bob Wessels

Professor of Law

Current Position

University of Leiden
3300 BD Dordrecht
The Netherlands

Class: XV (2004)Circuit: International


Vrije University, Amsterdam, Master of Law Degree (1974); Ph.D. (1988)

Professional Career

Professor, International Insolvency Law, University of Leiden (2007-14)
Professor, Business Law, Vrije University (1988-08)
Co-Founder and Partner, (predecessors of) HVG Law (1991-04)
Assistant Professor, Law Faculty, Vrije University (1977-88)
In house legal counsel, Financial Services Company (1974-77)
Arbitrator, Expert witness, Independent (2004-16)


Board of Advisors Digitrage, Chair (2016 -)
Conference of European Restructuring and Insolvency Law (CERIL), Chair (2016 -)
European Supervisory Agencies (EBA, ESMA, EIOPA), Member Joint Board of Appeal (2013 -)
European Commission, Expert Advisor (2010 -)
American Law Institute, Member (2005 -)
European Law Institute, Member (2013 -)
International Exchange of Experience on Insolvency Law (IEEI), Member (2014 -)
The Hague, Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeal (1987-2016)
Achmea Life and Health Care Insurance, Chair, Standing Arbitration Committee (1988-2016)
Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency Law (NACIL), Chair (2010-13)
Academic Forum INSOL Europe, Chair (2007-10)
Netherlands Royal Committee Renewal Bankruptcy Act (2003-7)
International Insolvency Institute, Emeritus Director (2004-10)
Dutch Insolvency Law Review, Founder and First Chief Editor (1995-97)
Civil Law Review, Editorial Board
Arbitration Review, Editorial Board
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member (1998 -)


Business rescue in insolvency law in Europe University of Halle, Germany Report for the European Law Institute 2019 (forthcoming) Co-author with Professor Stephan Madaus
"European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings," ABI 4th ed. 2018 Co-Author with Ilya Kokorin
Cross-border Insolvency Law. International Instruments and Commentary 2nd ed. 2017 Co-author with Gert-Jan Boon
EU Cross-Border Insolvency Court-to-Court Cooperation Principles ('EU Judge Co Principles') 2015
International Insolvency Institute's Global Principles for Cooperation in International Insolvency Cases American Law Institute 2012 Co-author with Prof. Ian Fletcher, University College London
Bank Recovery and Resolution 2014 Co-author with Prof. Matthias Haentjens
European Communication & Cooperation Guidelines for Cross-Border Insolvency ('CoCo Guidelines') 2007 Co-author with Prof. Miguel Virgós, University of Madrid
International Cooperation in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Issues New York 2009 Co-author with Hon. Bruce Markell and Prof. Jason Kilborn
Insolvency Law, 10 Volumes 4th ed. 2013-2018 Author
"Business and Bankruptcy Law in the Netherlands; Selected Essays," The Hague, London-Boston 1999
EU Banking and Insurance Insolvency Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2017 Co-author with Gabriel Moss QC and Prof. Matthias Haentjens
New Bank Insolvency Law for China and Europe, Vol. 2: Europe 2017 Co-author with Prof. Matthias Haentjens and Lynette Janssen


INSOL Europe, Honorary Member (2011)
Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency Law (NACIIL), Honorary Member (2014)