J.H.M. (Sjef) van Erp (Maastricht University)

Sjef van Erp

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 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 of 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. In 2009 he was elected fellow at the South African Research Chair in Property law at the University of Stellenbosch. He is Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeals of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands), President of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association, member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Legal Science in Paris, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Comparative Law (http://www.ejcl.org), co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the European Property law Journal (to be published by De Gruyter in Berlin), Editor-in-Chief of the Ius Commune casebook “Property Law” (www.casebooks.eu), coordinating programme leader “property law” of the Ius Coummune research school (www.iuscommune.eu), founding board member of the Association for a European Law Institute (www.europeanlawinstitute.eu), one of the initiators of the International Alliance on Land Tenure and Administration, member of the Collegio dei docenti del Dottorato in Studi giuridici comparati ed europei of Trento University (Italy), and member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Law, Property and Society. From September 2004 until October 2006, he was Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP) and continues to teach comparative and European property law at the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg as part of the Hanse Law School programme. Other professional activities include: lecturing comparative and European property law at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing, membership of a Dutch group of experts to assist Armenia, the Baltic States, Belarus, Eritrea, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Poland during the redrafting process of civil and commercial law (including the training of judges), member of the board of trustees of the Dutch Inter-University Foundation ‘Centre for International Legal Cooperation’ in The Hague. His research focuses on comparative and European private law, particularly property law, and the comparison of the American federal experience with European integration.

Correspondence address: Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. E-mail: s.vanerp@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

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