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Prof. Bob Wessels

Professor of Law

Current Position

University of Leiden
P.O. Box 1199
3300 BD Dordrecht

Tel: 31-78-639-00-28
Fax: 31-78-639-00-31

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
Professor, Business Law, Vrije University (1988-07)
Co-Founder and Partner, Holland Van Gijzen Attorneys at Law (1991-04)
Assistant Professor, Law Faculty, Vrije University (1977-88)
In house legal counsel, Financial Services Company (1974-77)


The Hague, Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeal (1987-)
Achmea Life and Health Care Insurance, Chairman, Standing Arbitration Committee (1988-)
Dutch Insolvency Law Review, Founder and First Chief Editor (1995-97)
International Insolvency Institute, Emeritus Director
Civil Law Review, Editorial Board
Arbitration Review, Editorial Board
Academic Forum INSOL Europe, Chair (2007-)
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Law Institute
Netherlands Royal Committee Renewal Bankruptcy Act


International Cooperation in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Issues New York 2009 Co-author
International Insolvency Law Deventer: Kluwer 2006 Author
EU Banking and Insurance Insolvency London (2006) Co-author
"European Union Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings," ABI 2009
Hundreds of articles and twenty-five books (in Dutch) on all topics of civil and commercial law 1980-
Insolvency Law, 10 Volumes 3rd ed. 2010-12 Author
"Business and Bankruptcy Law in the Netherlands; Selected Essays," The Hague, London-Boston 1999
Current Issues on International Insolvency Law 2004


Listed in The International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, (1998-)
Named Pre-eminent Practitioner, International Financial Law Review's Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, (2001-)