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Academic visitors

Below is a list of academic visitors of the institute. Special attention is given to our distinguished visitors Eric Dirix and Peter Birks, who were bestowed honorary degrees at Radboud University for, among other things, their exceptional contribution to the institute.

Honorary doctorates

Professor Eric Dirix (KU Leuven)
Eric DirixEric Dirix received an honorary degree in Nijmegen on 15 May 2008 during the celebrations of the seventeenth lustrum of Radboud University. Dirix holds a prestigious chair at the Catholic University of Leuven and in the Belgian Supreme Court. He is recognized as one of the most prominent and authoritative professors in the field of civil law in Belgium. Dirix is closely involved with the legal research and education in Nijmegen, especially the Radboud Business Law Institute (OO&R). He has greatly contributed to the building of the OO&R’s international network.

Professor Peter Birks (Oxford University) (†)
Peter BirksPeter Birks was awarded an honorary degree on 15 May 2003, marking the 80th anniversary of the university. He was the Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford from 1989 until his death and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Birks was one of the leading scholars in the fields of modern English private law, comparative law and Roman law. He is widely credited as having sparked academic enthusiasm for the English law of restitution, and is considered to have been one of the greatest English legal scholars of the 20th century. His work, however, has been of great academic value far beyond England. His academic work was characterized by a never-ending search for the principles and structure of the English private law, whilst keeping a close eye on legal practice. This approach closely corresponds with the typical style of research conducted in Nijmegen. Between 1994 and 1996 Birks held the CPO Chair in Nijmegen. Peter Birks died on 6 July 2004, at the age of 63.

In his honour, professors Corjo Jansen, Bas Kortmann and Rick Verhagen published an In Memoriam (pdf, 780 kB) (in Dutch).

Academic visitors

Giulia Pancioli

Giulia Pancioli
Visiting researcher (March 2023 - June 2023)
PhD candidate at the Università della Studi di Ferrara

Mario Natale

Mario Natale 
Visiting researcher (February 2023 - July 2023)
Research fellow at the Università degli Studi di Foggia en Senior Teaching Assistent at LUISS Guido Carli (Italy)

Sophie Cools

Sophie Cools
Chair in Sustainable Company Law (corporate purpose) (2023-2024)

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Inga Malinauskaitė-van de Castel
Visiting researcher (December 2022)
Affiliated with Mykolo Romeris Universitetas (Lithuania)

Matthias Lehmann
Visiting professor (2022 - 2024)
Professor at Universität Wien 


Roland Djieufack
Visiting associate professor (October - November 2022)
Associate professor at the University of Bamenda (Cameroon)

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Birgit Snijder-Kuijpers
Van der Grinten wisselleerstoelhouder in Corporate Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering (2022 - 2024)

Igor Lima
Visiting researcher (March - May 2022)
PhD candidate at the University of Coimbra

Irofili Kyriaki Pechlivanidi
Visiting researcher (February/March 2022)

PhD candidate at the European University Cyprus

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Giuseppe Portonera 
Visiting researcher (September -November 2021)
PhD Candidate at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Milano (Italy)


Kathrine Rosman Nielsen
Visiting researcher (May 2021)
PhD Candidate at København Universitet, Copenhagen (Denmark)


Jens-Hinrich Binder
Visiting professor (2019-2023)
Professor at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen (Germany)

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Sander Baeyens
Visiting researcher (february 2020)
PhD candidate at KU Leuven (Belgium)

Francesco Petrosino
Visiting researcher (October- December 2019)
PhD candidate at University of Trento (Italy)


Cao Yiyang
Visiting researcher (October 2019 - January 2020)
PhD candidate at Wuhan University (China)

Charles Zhen

Charles Zheng
Visiting researcher (October - December 2019)
Associate professor Company law at the City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Wouter Druwé

Wouter Druwé
Visiting researcher (April 2019)
Assistant professor of Roman law and legal history at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law (Belgium)


Reinhard Bork
Van der Grinten wisselleerstoelhouder in International and Comparative Insolvency Law (2019 - 2021) 
Visiting professor (2021-2023)
Professor at the University of Hamburg (Germany)

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Veerle Colaert
Radboud Excellence Initiative Professor (2018 - 2019)
Professor at KU Leuven (België)

Kathleen van der Linde (2)

Professor Kathleen van der Linde
Visiting professor (July - August 2018)
Professor of Mercantile Law at University of Johannesburg (South Africa)


Miriam Kullmann
Visiting researcher (February 2018-July 2019)
Assistant professor at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business (Vienna, Austria)


Edoardo Grossule
Visiting researcher (January-February 2018)
Postdoctoral researcher at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy)


Professor Louise Gullifer
Van der Grinten Chair in International Commercial Law (2017-2019)
Professor of Commercial Law at Oxford University (United Kingdom)


Professor Guido Ferrarini
Van der Grinten Chair in Governance of Financial Institutions (2016 – 2018)
Visiting professor (2018 - 2023)
Professor of Business Law at the University of Genoa (Italy)


Professor Hans Schulte-Nölke
Chair in German Law (2013 – onwards); Visiting researcher (1998 – 1999)
Professor of Civil Law, European Private and Business Law at the University of Osnabruck (Germany)


Professor Jason Kilborn
Chair in International and Comparative Insolvency Law (2010 – 2017)

Professor at John Marshall Law School (Chicago)


Professor Christopher Symes
Visiting professor (April – May 2017)
Professor at University of Adelaide (Australia)

Baran Professor Kazimierz Baran
Visiting professor (May 2017, 2011)
Professor at Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland)
Demeyere Siel Demeyere
Visiting researcher (October 2016)
PhD candidate at KU Leuven (Belgium)
Joanna Jastrzębska
Academic visitor (April 2016)
PhD candidate at Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland)
Devroe Professor Wouter Devroe
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht Chair (2014 – 2015)
Professor of EU and Competition Law at KU Leuven (Belgium)
Macgregor Professor Laura Macgregor
Van der Grinten Chair in International Commercial Law (2013 – 2015)
Professor at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Peeraer Frederik Peeraer
Academic visitor (October – November 2014)
PhD candidate at KU Leuven (Belgium)
Halberda Jan Halberda
Academic visitor (2013)
Assistant professor at Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland)
Demarsin Professor Bert Demarsin
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht Chair (2012 – 2013)
Professor at KU Leuven (Belgium)
Professor Susan Scott
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht Chair (2012 – 2013)
Professor at the University of South Africa (Pretoria)
Broude Professor Richard Broude
Academic visitor (2011-2013)
(Former) Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University (New York) and lecturer-in-law at the Columbia Law School (New York)
Richter Professor Tomáš Richter
Van de Grinten Chair in Cross-Border Corporate Insolvency Law (2011 – 2012)
Commercial Law practitioner, Clifford Chance LLP, Prague (Czech Republic)
Mitzi Wiese
Academic visitor (2011)
Senior Lecturer in Private Law at the University of South Africa (Pretoria)
Janssen Professor André Janssen
Academic visitor TMR-network (1999-2002, 2006, 2010)
Professor at the University of Münster (Germany)

Georges Cavalier
Academic visitor (2008)
Associate Professor of Law (Maître de conférences) at University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)

McKendrick2 Professor Ewan McKendrick
CPO Chair in Civil Law and Common Law of Contract (sixth holder) (2002– 2004)
Professor of English Private Law at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Professor William McBryde
Van der Grinten Chair in Commercial Law (2002 – 2004)
Professor Emeritus of Commercial Law, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Flessner (bewerkt) Professor Axel Flessner
Van der Grinten Chair in International Insolvency Law (2000 – 2002)
Professor Emeritus of German, European and International Private Law and Comparative Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
Dallimore (bewerkt) Christopher Dallimore
Academic visitor TMR-network (1999-2002)
(Former) PhD candidate at the University of Münster (Germany)
Professor Kenneth Reid
Academic visitor TMR-network (1999-2002)
Professor of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh (United Kindom)
Schultze (bewerkt) Professor Reiner Schultze
Academic visitor TMR-network (1999-2002)
Professor of Law at the University of Münster (Germany)
Stevens Professor Robert Stevens
Academic visitor TMR-network (1999-2002)
Professor of English Private Law at University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Leleu Professor Yves-Henri Leleu
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht Chair (2000 – 2001)
Professor at the University of Liège (Belgium)
Tilleman Professor Bernard Tilleman
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht Chair (January – June 1999)
Professor at KU Leuven (Belgium)
Professor Donevan Waters
CPO Chair in Trust Law (third holder) (1997 - 1998)
Professor Emeritus at University of Victoria (Canada)
Cousy Professor Herman Cousy
CPO Chair in Insurance Law (third holder) (1996 - 1997)
Professor Emeritus at KU Leuven (Belgium)
Professor David Hayton
Van der Grinten Chair in Trust Law (1995 – 1997)
(Former) Professor of Law, King’s College London (United Kingdom)
Birks Professor Peter Birks (†)
CPO Chair in Common Law / Law of Contracts (first holder) (1994 - 1996)
Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom)