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Willem H Van Boom (1969) is a professor of law at Leiden.  He acquired his law degree at the University of Amsterdam (1992) and his doctorate at Tilburg University (1999). Since 2002, he has held full professorships at Tilburg University (2002-2005), Erasmus University Rotterdam (2005-2014) and Durham University (2012-2014). Since August 2014, Van Boom holds tenure at Leiden Law School.

Van Boom's research interests cover the broad field of property, contracts, torts, insurance and consumer law. He regularly expands his horizon by working with social science scholars, legal historians and law and economics experts.

Van Boom is currently on the editorial board of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht (NTBR; the Dutch Journal of Civil Law). Van Boom is an independent academic; he regularly does consultancy work and sits in several boards and advisory panels.



Projects in progress:


  • Herijking Handelspraktijken - preadvies Vereniging voor Burgerlijk Recht 2021

  • Handboek Goederen- en Zekerhedenrecht (2022)

  • Derdenbetrokkenheid en procescommodificatie (2024)

  • Handbook of Comparative Insurance Law

  • Comparative Commercial Law



Past Projects include:


  • World Tort Law Society (WTLS) - contributions to the following projects: 'Road Traffic Accidents' (2018), 'Products Liability' (2017)

  • Draft 'Inleiding tot de wetenschappelijke bestudering van het privaatrecht' (versie 2016/2)

  • Third party financing in civil litigation (2018-2021) - following an earlier project, this new project extends into adjacent and extended doctrines and issues of third party involvement in litigation

  • De burgerlijke rechter en de burger – op afstand of nabij? (2015-2019) - Three papers published, with Jean-Pierre van der Rest and Helen Pluut

  • Research project ‘Data use, online consumer needs, business strategies and regulatory response’ (with Simone van der Hof, Jean-Pierre van der Rest, Iris van Ooijen, Alan Sears and Tycho de Graaf; 2016-2020)

  • Willem H. van Boom, Pieter Desmet, Peter Mascini (eds.), Empirical Legal Research in Action – reflections on methods and their applications (Elgar Publishers 2018; ISBN 9781785362743)

  • Willem H. van Boom (ed.), Litigation, Costs, Funding and Behaviour: Implications for the Law, edited by (Routledge 2017; ISBN 978-1-4724-8289-1)

  • W.H. van Boom, P.T.M. Desmet en C.P. Reinders Folmer (eds.), Privaatrecht in het Laboratorium - Verslag van acht rechtspsychologische experimenten, Den Haag: BJU 2015

  • Willem H. van Boom, Gerhard Wagner (eds.), Mass Torts in Europe – Cases and Reflections (Tort and Insurance Law vol. 34), Berlin: De Gruyter 2014

  • Willem van Boom, Amandine Garde & Orkun Akseli (eds.), The European Unfair Commercial Practices Directive: Impact, Enforcement Strategies and National Legal Systems (Series: Markets and the Law), Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, ISBN 9781472423405 (2014)

  • The Great War and Private Law (with Michael Lobban) -  issue editor of Comparative Legal History 2014/2; issue editor of "The Great War and Law - The Lasting Effects of World War I on the Development of Law” 7 Erasmus Law Review 2 (2014)

  • Capita Civilologie (2011-2013), Civilologie | Civilology (2010-2012)

  • KNAW Academy Colloquium 'Civil Justice: Thinking and Deciding by Civil Courts' (2012; with Ivo Giesen)

  • Juxtaposing Autonomy and Paternalism (2009-2011)

  • Behavioural approaches to tort and contract (2008-2014)

  • Mass Justice: Challenges of Representation and Distribution (2008-2011)




  • Wetenschappelijk Directeur Instituut voor Privaatrecht, Universiteit Leiden; Academic Director of the Institute of Private Law, Leiden University (2019-present)

  • Bestuurslid Stichting Onderzoek Collectieve Actie (OCA), Den Haag; Board member of the Foundation Collective Redress Research (2016-present)

  • Bestuurslid Stichting Ars Aequi, Nijmegen; Board member of the Foundation Ars Aequi (a foundation which runs a Dutch student-run legal journal) (2015-present)

  • Voorzitter SER Coördinatiegroep Zelfreguleringsoverleg (SER CZ); Chairman of the Coordinating Committee Self-Regulation of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (2011-present)

  • Onafhankelijk lid van de Commissie Consumentenaangelegenheden (CCA) van de Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER); independent member of the Consumer Affairs Committee of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (2011-present)

  • Raadsheer-plaatsvervanger Gerechtshof Den Haag; Deputy Justice in the Court of Appeal The Hague (2005-present)

  • Bestuurslid Stichting Toetsing Verzekeraars; Board member of the Foundation for Quality Assessment of the Dutch Insurance Industry (2010-2017)

  • Voorzitter Onafhankelijke Bezwaarschriftenadviescommissie Consumentenautoriteit;  Chairman Administrative Appeals Advisory Board of the Dutch Consumer Authority (2008-2013)