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Cees van Dam

European Tort Law


Cees van Dam is an authority in European Tort Law. He has been writing about English, German, French and Dutch tort law since he published his PhD in 1989 (Utrecht University, cum laude).

As from the 1990s, his research has extended into European Union law (including the case law of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg) and the European Convention on Human Rights (including the case law of the European Court of Human Rights).

His research sublimated into the publication of his seminal book on European Tort Law in 2006 by Oxford University Press. In 2013, OUP published the second edition.

He also developed a keen interest in the cultural background of legal differences. This is reflected in articles and in the second edition of European Tort Law (2013).

Since 2015, Cees van Dam is Professor of European Tort Law at Maastricht University where he teaches the topic at the European Law School.


Cees van Dam writes on 'Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations in Domestic Tort Law' in a book edited by Jernej Letnar Černič and Tara Van Ho: 'Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human Rights'.

Due to strong selling of the hardback edition, the second edition of European Tort Law is now also available as paperback (£29.99).

The first edition of this book (2006) was very well received. In March 2013, Oxford University Press published the second edition of Cees van Dam's European Tort Law. This book examines English, French and German law, as well as EU law andthe European Convention on Human Rights, on a wide variety of topics, including liability of public bodies, product liability, liability for motor vehicles, employees, children, premises and highways and environmental damage. Click here to read the Preface and the Index.

The Huffington Post publishes 'Shell's Victory and Embarrassment in the Dutch Court' in which Cees van Dam analyses the judgments of the The Hague District Court regarding Shell's liability for oil pollution in the Niger Delta.

Cees van Dam's article on Tort Law and Human Rights (2011) is now also published in Chinese:
侵权法和人权:战火兄弟连 (Tort Law and Human Rights), Anglo-American Law Review Series (Volume 1) 2013, p. 126-154.

The Journal of European Tort Law publishes Cees van Dam’s article ‘Tort Law and Human Rights’. On the Role of Tort Law in the Area of Business and Human Rights.’ This article was based on the key note speech he gave at the 10th Annual Conference on European Tort Law in Vienna on 28 April 2011.

Cees van Dam,
'Liability of Regulators New Dutch Style', in: C. Van Schoubroeck, W. Devroe, K. Geens and J. Stuyck (eds.), Over grenzen, Liber amicorum Herman Cousy (Antwerpen-Cambrigde: Intersentia, 2011), p. 717-729.

Cees van Dam,
'The Netherlands liable towards family of Srebrenica victims', Insight American Society of International Law

On 27th October, Cees van Dam gives a
Guest lecture at the University of Ottawa on ‘Cultural Diversity and Tort Law’.

Cees van Dam, 'European Tort Law. Features of a Diverse Landscape', in: Christian Twigg-Flesner (ed), The Cambridge Companion to European Private Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. 160-172.

Cees van Dam and Gerrit van Maanen,
‘The Development of Road and Railway Accident Law in The Netherlands’, in Wolfgang Ernst (ed), The Development of Traffic Liability, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, p. 112-150

The King's Law Journal publishes Cees van Dam's paper
Who is Afraid of Diversity? Cultural Diversity, European Co-operation, and European Tort Law: (2009) 20 King's Law Journal 281-308.
This paper explores links between cultural identity and legal rules, especially in the area of tort law. It shows that the Member States' preferences in this respect are linked to their national cultural identity. European harmonisation of tort law may therefore lead to a loss of cultural diversity as protected by Article 151 EC Treaty.

Cees van Dam and Erika Budaite,
'The Statutory Frameworks and General Rules on Unfair Commercial Practices in the 25 EU Member States on the Eve of Harmonisation', in: Christian Twigg-Flesner a.o. (eds), The Yearbook of Consumer Law 2008 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), p. 107-139.

Cees van Dam, '
European Tort Law and the Many Cultures of Europe', in: Thomas Wilhelmsson a.o. (eds), Private Law and the Many Cultures of Europe (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2007), p. 57-80.

Cees van Dam, Esther Engelhard and Ivo Giesen, 'Third Party Losses in a Comparative Perspective'
, Three Short Lectures in Honour of W.H.V. Rogers, Utrecht Law Review 3 (2007) 2, p. 70-100.

Due to strong selling of the hardback edition, the first edition of European Tort Law is now also available as paperback.

In June 2006, the first edition of European Tort Law was launched in London at the Annual Conference of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law by the Senior Law Lord, The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG.

Older publications

Cees van Dam and Erika Budaite, Unfair Commercial Practices. An analysis of the existing national laws on unfair commercial practices between business and consumers in the new Member States (London: BIICL, 2006).
urvey for the European Commission providing an overview of the law regarding unfair commercial practices in the new Member States with 10 national reports.

Cees van Dam, 
'Dutch Case Law on the EU Product Liability Directive', in: Duncan Fairgrieve (ed), Product Liability in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), p. 126-137.

Cees van Dam,
'Child Abuse Tort Claims in the Netherlands', in: Duncan Fairgrieve and Sarah Green (eds.), Child Abuse Tort Claims Against Public Bodies. A Comparative Law View (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2004), p. 209-216

Cees van Dam, 'Liability of Public Authorities in the Netherlands', in: Duncan Fairgrieve, Mads Andenas and John Bell (eds), Tort Liability of Public Authorities in Comparative Perspective (London: BIICL, 2002), p. 559-569.

C.C. van Dam, 'A survey of the settlements concerning the compensation for immaterial damage in the EC', Research commissioned by the Consumentenbond (Dutch consumer organisation) (The Hague/Utrecht, Consumentenbond/Molengraaff Instituut, 1990), 44p.



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