Centre for the Study of European Contract Law

prof. dr. M.W. (Martijn) Hesselink

Europees privaatrecht
  • Faculty of Law
    Dep. Private Law A
  • Visiting address
    REC A
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: A119
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  1030
    1000 BA  Amsterdam
  • M.W.Hesselink@uva.nl
    T: 0205253569
    T: 0205253519

Curriculum Vitae

Martijn W Hesselink (Delft, 1968) obtained his law degrees at the University of Amsterdam and the Université Panthéon-Assas in 1992. He received his doctor's degree (cum laude) from the University of Utrecht in 1999. In the same year, he was appointed Professor of private law at the University of Amsterdam. Between 1999 and 2005 he was Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Private Law. In 2006 his chair was converted, at his request, into European Private Law. In the same year, he became the Director of the newly founded Centre for the Study of European Contract Law.

He has published on a variety of subjects in the fields of European private law and private law theory. Moreover, he has been a member of several international research groups and projects including the Study Group on a European Civil Code, the Social Justice Group and the Common Core Project. He is a founding editor of the European Review of Contract Law.  Between 2010 and 2013 he served as a member of the European Commission's expert group on European contract law. In addition, he wrote numerous studies, reports and briefing notes on matters of contract law and consumer law for the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. Since 2001, he has been an honorary justice at the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam.

He has been a visiting professor at several universities, including Université René Descartes (2000), Università degli studi Roma Tre (2003, 2007), Católica Global School of Law (2010-present), Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (2010) and Sciences Po (2011, 2016-present). In 2016, he was elected a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford.

Research Interests

Private law, EU law, legal theory

Key Publications

  • ‘The justice dimensions of the relationship between fundamental rights and private law’, 24 ERPL (2016), 425-456
  • ‘Democratic contract law’, 11 ERCL (2015), 81-126
  • ‘How many systems of private law are there in Europe? On plural legal sources, multiple identities and the unity of law’, in: L Niglia (ed.), Pluralism and European private law (Hart Publishing 2013), 199-247.
  • ‘The politics of a European civil code’ 10 ELJ (2004), 675-697

Full list of publications

Teaching

Martijn Hesselink currently teaches the following courses:

CSECL

2017

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2017). The Justice Dimensions of the Relationship between Fundamental Rights and Private Law. In H. Collins (Ed.), European Contract Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (pp. 167-196). (European Contract Law and Theory; Vol. 2). Cambridge: Intersentia.

2016

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2016). Private Law, Regulation, and Justice. European Law Journal, 22(5), 681-695. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2744565 , 10.1111/eulj.12195  [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2016). The justice dimensions of the relationship between fundamental rights and private law. European Review of Private Law, 24(3/4), 425-455. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2016). Unjust conduct in the internal market. On the role of European private law in the division of moral responsibility between the EU, its Member States and their citizens. Yearbook of European Law, 35(1), 410-452.

2015

2014

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2014). Civil law. In M. T. Gibbons (Ed.), The encyclopedia of political thought. (pp. 522-524). Chichester [etc.]: Wiley-Blackwell. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2014). The new European legal culture: ten years on. In G. Helleringer, & K. Purnhagen (Eds.), Towards a European legal culture (pp. 17-24). München/Oxford/Baden-Baden: C.H. Beck/Hart/Nomos. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2014). Unfair prices in the Common European Sales Law. In L. Gullifer, & S. Vogenauer (Eds.), English and European perspectives on contract and commercial law: essays in honour of Hugh Beale. (pp. 225-236). Oxford: Hart Publishing. [details] 

2013

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2013). How many systems of Private law are there in Europe? On plural legal sources, multiple identities and the unity of law. In L. Niglia (Ed.), Pluralism and European private law (pp. 199-247). Oxford: Hart. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2013). The general principles of civil law: their nature, roles and legitimacy. In D. Leczykiewicz, & S. Weatherill (Eds.), The Involvement of EU law in private law relationships (pp. 131-180). (Studies of the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law; No. 16). Oxford: Hart. [details] 

2012

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2012). The Case for a common European Sales Law in an Age of rising Nationalism. European Review of Contract Law, 8/3, 342-366. DOI: 10.1515/ercl-2012-0342  [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2012). How to opt into the Common European Sales Law? Brief comments on the Commission's proposal for a regulation. European Review of Private Law, 20(1), 195-211. [details] 

2011

2010

  • Hesselink, M. (2010). Towards a sharp distinction between b2b and b2c? On consumer, commercial and general contract law after the consumer rights directive. European Review of Private Law, 18(1), 57-102. [details] 

2009

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2009). Common Frame of Reference and social justice. In R. Satyanarayana (Ed.), Social justice: emerging dimensions (pp. 1-25). (Amicus books). Punjagutta, Hyderabad: The Icfai University Press. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2009). The Consumer Rights Directive and the CFR: two worlds apart? European Review of Contract Law, 5(3), 290-303. DOI: 10.1515/ERCL.2009.290  [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2009). A European legal method? On European private law and scientific method. European Law Journal, 15(1), 20-45. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0386.2008.00449.x  [details] 

2007

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). European Contract Law: A Matter of Consumer Protection, Citizenship, or Justice? European Review of Private Law, 15(3), 323-348.

2006

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2006). Non-Mandatory Rules in European Contract Law. In A. F. Salomons, & G. J. P. de Vries (Eds.), Pro Forma? Essays on the Role of Formal Rules and Formal Requirements in Private Law. (pp. 139-174). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2006). The Ideal of Codification and the Dynamics of Europeanisation: the Dutch Experience. European Law Journal, 2006(12), 279-305. [details] 

2016

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2016). Contract theory and EU Contract Law. In C. Twigg-Flesner (Ed.), Research handbook on EU Consumer and Contract Law (pp. 508-534). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [details] 

2014

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2014). Post-private law? In K. Purnhagen, & P. Rott (Eds.), Varieties of European economic law and regulation: liber amicorum for Hans Micklitz (pp. 31-41). (Studies in European economic law and regulation; No. 3). Cham [etc.]: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-04903-8_2  [details] 

2013

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2013). How to opt into the Common European Sales Law? Brief comments on the Commission's proposal for a regulation. In I. Claeys, & R. Feltkamp (Eds.), The draft Common European Sales Law: towards an alternative sales law? A Belgian perspective (pp. 1-16). Cambridge [etc.]: Intersentia. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1950107  [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2013). Private law principles, pluralism and perfectionism. In U. Bernitz, X. Groussot, & F. Schulyok (Eds.), General principles of EU law and European private law (pp. 21-43). (European Monographs; No. 84). Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2205001  [details] 

2012

  • Hesselink, M. W., & Loos, M. B. M. (2012). Unfair contract terms in B2C contracts. Brussels: European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department C. [details] 

2011

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2011). An optional instrument on EU contract law: can it increase legal certainty and foster cross-border trade? In M. Hesselink, A. van Hoek, M. Loos, & A. Salomons (Eds.), Het groenboek Europees contractenrecht: naar een optioneel instrument? (pp. 9-23). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2011). The concept of good faith. In A. S. Hartkamp, M. W. Hesselink, E. H. Hondius, C. Mak, & C. E. du Perron (Eds.), Towards a European civil code. - 4th rev. and exp. ed. (pp. 619-649). Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2011). Unfair terms in contracts between businesses. In R. Schulze, & J. Stuyck (Eds.), Towards a European contract law (pp. 131-147). München: Sellier European Law Publishers. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2011). Facultatief wetboek of gereedschapskist? 'In afwachting van' een rechtsinstrument voor Europees contractenrecht. Nederlands Juristenblad, 86(1), 21-23. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2011). If you don’t like our principles we have others: on core values and underlying principles in European private law: a critical discussion of the new ‘Principles’ section in the draft Common Frame of Reference. In R. Brownsword, H-W. Micklitz, L. Niglia, & S. Weatherill (Eds.), The foundations of European private law (pp. 59-72). Oxford: Hart. [details] 

2010

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2010). An optional instrument on EU contract law: could it increase legal certainty and foster cross-border trade? (Legal and parliamentary affairs; No. PE 425.642). [S.l.]: European Parliament. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2010). A spontaneous order for Europe? Why Hayek's libertarianism is not the right way forward for European private law. In H. W. Micklitz, & F. Cafaggi (Eds.), European private law after the Common Frame of Reference (pp. 123-146). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W., & Wei, L. (2010). Xin de ouzhou falü wenhua. Beijing: Zhongguo falü chubanshe [China Legal Publishing House]. [details] 

2009

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2009). Naar een scherper onderscheid tussen b2b en b2c? Over consumenten-, handels- en algemeen overeenkomstenrecht na invoering van de voorgestelde EG-richtlijn consumentenrechten. In M. W. Hesselink, & M. B. M. Loos (Eds.), Het voorstel voor een Europese richtlijn consumentenrechten: een Nederlands perspectief (pp. 55-102). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2009). The Common Frame of Reference as a source of European private law. Tulane Law Review, 2009(4), 919-971. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W., & Loos, M. B. M. (2009). Inleiding. In M. W. Hesselink, & M. B. M. Loos (Eds.), Het voorstel voor een Europese richtlijn consumentenrechten: een Nederlands perspectief (pp. 7-13). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W., Mak, C., & Rutgers, J. W. (2009). Constitutional aspects of European private law: freedoms, rights and social justice in the Draft Common Frame of Reference, report for the CoPECL project. (Centre for the Study of European Contract Law working paper series; No. 2009/05). Amsterdam: Centre for the Study of European Contract Law. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2009). The Consumer Rights Directive and the CFR: two worlds apart? (Briefing note; No. PE 410.674). Brussels: European Parliament. [details] 
  • de Booys, T. Q., & Hesselink, M. W. (2009). EU contract law. In State of play and prospects for legal questions and parliamentary law: [report for the European Parliament, 28 April 2009] (JURI; No. 3_1). [S.l.]: European Parliament. [details] 
  • de Booys, T. Q., Mak, C., & Hesselink, M. W. (2009). A comparison between the provisions of the draft Common Frame of Reference and the European Commission’s proposal for a Consumer Rights Directive: how the CFR can improve the Consumer Rights Directive. Brussels: European Parliament. [details] 

2008

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2008). CFR & social justice: a short study for the European Parliament on the values underlying the draft Common Frame of Reference for European private law: what roles for fairness and social justice? München: Sellier European Law Publishers. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2008). The values underlying the Draft Common Frame of Reference: what role for fairness and 'social justice'? (Study; No. PE 408.312). Brussels: European Parliament, Directorate General Internal Policies of the Union. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2008). Europejskie prawo umów: kwestia ochrony konsumenta, obywatelstwa czy sprawiedliwości? Nowa Europa, 2008(2 (7)), 220-258. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2008). Voor een onrechtvaardige-prijsleer: nawoord bij 'Kritiek op Martijn Hesselinks boek Contractenrecht in Perspectief'. Ars Aequi, 57(10), 761-761. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W., & Ciutacu, F. (2008). Studii de drept privat comparat: noua cultură juridică europeană; politicile codului civil european; idealul codificării şi dinamica europenizării, experienţa olandeza; dreptul european al contractelor, o chestiune de protecţie a consumatorului, cetăţenie sau justiţie? Slatina: Themis Cart. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W., Rutgers, J. W., & de Booys, T. Q. (2008). The legal basis for an optional instrument on European contract law. Brussels: European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2008). Common Frame of Reference & social justice. European Review of Contract Law, 4(3), 248-269. [details] 
  • Cartwright, J., & Hesselink, M. (2008). Conclusions. In J. Cartwright, & M. Hesselink (Eds.), Precontractual liability in European private law (pp. 449-488). (The common core of European private law). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 
  • Cartwright, J., & Hesselink, M. (2008). Introduction. In J. Cartwright, & M. Hesselink (Eds.), Precontractual liability in European private law (pp. 1-17). (The common core of European private law). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 
  • Cartwright, J., Hesselink, M., Posch, W., Lando, O., Rudanko, M., Deshayes, O., ... Loser, P. (2008). Case studies. In J. Cartwright, & M. Hesselink (Eds.), Precontractual liability in European private law (pp. 19-397). (The common core of European private law). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 

2007

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). SME's in European Contract Law. Background note for the European Parliament on the position of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in a future Common Frame of Reference (CFR) and in the review of the consumer law acquis. Final version June 2007, PE 378.300. Amsterdam: Centre for the Study of European Contract Law.
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). De Tilburgse inquisitie. Nederlands Juristenblad, 82(33), 2086-2087.
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). Een Europees Burgerlijk Wetboek door de voordeur. Nederlands Juristenblad, 82, 2484-2485.
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). European Contract Law: A Matter of Consumer Protection, Citizenship, or Justice? In M. Andenas, S. Diaz Alabart, B. Markesinis, H. W. Micklitz, & N. Pasquini (Eds.), Liber Amicorum Guido Alpa: Private Law Beyond the National Systems. (pp. 500-525). London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). Naar een (Europees) Wetboek van Consumentenrecht? Nederlands Juristenblad, 82, 850-857.
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2007). SME's in European Contract Law. In K. Boele-Woelki, & W. Grosheide (Eds.), The Future of European Contract Law. Essays in honour of Ewoud Hondius to commemorate his retirement as professor of Civil Law at the University of Utrecht. (pp. 349-371). Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International.

2006

  • Hesselink, M. W., Rutgers, J. W., Bueno Diaz, O., Scotton, M., & Veldman, M. (2006). Principles of European Law, volume 3: Commercial Agency, Franchise, and Distribution Contracts. (Principles of European Law / Study Group on a Civil Code, vol. 2); No. 3). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [details] 

2013

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2013). Verbindende kracht van overeenkomsten, contractsvrijheid en autonomie. In G. van Dijck, R. van Gestel, I. Giesen, & F. Hammerstein (Eds.), Cirkels (2): een terugblik op een vooruitziende blik (pp. 69-74). Deventer: Kluwer. [details] 

2011

  • Hartkamp, A. S., Hesselink, M. W., Hondius, E. H., Mak, C., & du Perron, C. E. (2011). Preface to the fourth edition. In A. S. Hartkamp, M. W. Hesselink, E. H. Hondius, C. Mak, & C. E. du Perron (Eds.), Towards a European civil code. - 4th rev. and exp. ed. (pp. xlv-xlvi). Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International [etc.]. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2011). Consumers need more than protection. European Voice, 2011(9 June). [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. (2011). Naar een gemeenschappelijk Europees kooprecht of in de nationale loopgraven? Nederlands Juristenblad, 86(37), 2515. [1877]. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M., van Hoek, A., Loos, M., & Salomons, A. (2011). Voorwoord. In M. Hesselink, A. van Hoek, M. Loos, & A. Salomons (Eds.), Het groenboek Europees contractenrecht: naar een optioneel instrument? (pp. 5-6). Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. [details] 

2010

  • Hesselink, M. W., (2010). Case note: HvJ EU (Oneerlijke bedingen, minimumharmonisatie en iustum pretium: [C-484/08]), Jun 03, 2010. (Ars Aequi; Vol. 2010, No. 9). [details] 

2006

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2006). ECJ Cases on European Contract Law. Nijmegen: Ars Aequi. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W., (2006). Case note: Case 237/02[2004] ECR 1-3403 (ECJ-Freiburger Kommunalbauten v Hofstetter), Apr 01, 2004. (European Review of Contract Law; Vol. 2006, No. 3). [details] 

Scientific position

  • Hesselink, Martijn (2016-): Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law.
  • Hesselink, Martijn (2016): Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law.

Book editor

  • Cartwright, J., & Hesselink, M. (2008). Precontractual liability in European private law. (The common core of European private law). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details] 
  • Hesselink, M. W. (2006). The Politics of a European Civil Code. Den Haag: Kluwer Law International. [details] 
  • Rutgers, J. W., & Hesselink, M. W. (2006). ECJ Cases on European Contract law, A Selection, Ars Aequi Jurisprudentie. Nijmegen: Ars Aequi Libri. [details] 

Talk / presentation

  • Hesselink, Martijn (speaker) (22-8-2016): Introduction: private law, justice and democracy, Private Law and Democracy, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Others

  • Hesselink, Martijn (participant) (6-3-2017 - 8-3-2017): Contract Law and Justice (other).

2016

  • Hesselink, M. W. (2016). Private law and the European constitutionalisation of values. (pp. 23). (Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper; No. 2016-26), (Centre for the Study of European Contract Law Working Paper; No. 2016-07), (Post-national Rulemaking Working Paper; No. 2016-07). Amsterdam: Centre for the Study of European Contract Law, Universiteit van Amsterdam. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2785536  [details] 
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  • Gerechtshof Amsterdam
    Raadsheer- plaatsvervanger
  • Research School Ius Commune
    Research Leader 'Algemeen Verbintenissen-en Contractrecht'
  • Ars Aequi Libri
    Lid boekenraad Ars Aequi Libri
  • Intern. Academy of Comaparative Law
    Associate member
  • Trento Gr. Common Core Eur. Private Law
    Member
  • Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics
    Fellow member
  • Offerhaus Circle
    Member
  • European Law Institute
    Member
  • Global Jurist
    Editor
  • Ius Comm. Lectures European Private Law
    Editor
  • Schriften Europäischen Rechtswissenschaf
    Editor
  • SSRN European Private Law
    Editor
  • European Review of Contract Law
    Editor
  • European Review of Private Law
    Member Advisory Board
  • Fondation Nationale Sciences Politiques
    Teaching

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