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Henk Snijders

Professor Emeritus Civil Law and Civil Procedure

Prof.mr. H.J. Snijders
+31 71 527 2727

Prof. dr. Henricus Joseph (Henk) Snijders is an emeritus professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure at Leiden University.

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Prof. dr. Henricus Joseph (Henk) Snijders is an emeritus professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure at Leiden University. He was a full professor of Civil Law at this university from 1992 up to 2016), from 2007 both of Civil Law and of Civil Procedure.  From the same University, he obtained his master's degree and his doctorate in law. He became subsequently a lawyer and barrister of the Supreme Court at the law firm Buruma c.s. in The Hague (1978 – 1984), respectively professor of Private Law at the Law Faculty of Erasmus University at Rotterdam (1984 – 1992).

activities and functions related to the university

In connection with the university Henk Snijders is mainly active, nowadays, as:

  • teacher in de Leiden Advanced master Civil and Commercial Law
  • coordinator and teacher of the Hague Course International Arbitration (in cooperation with the  Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the Hague)
  • coordinator and teacher of courses for the Leiden Post Academic Education Centre
  • PhD-supervisor
  • pro-rector
  • chairman of the University Committee on Whistleblowing
  • chairman of the board of the Institute of Anglo-American Law
  • patron and member of the board of Mordenate College
  • patron of the Faculty Association JFV Grotius
  • patron of the Civil Law Master Association Suum cuique
  • patron of the Foundation Dutch-Flemish Moot Court

other positions (see also www.hjsnijders.com)

At present, Henk Snijders mainly acts and holds positions as:

  • arbitrator (a.o. NAI, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, EDF  and ad hoc non non-regulatory) as well as binding advisor (NAI and ad hoc)
  • legal expert and advisor
  • author of books and articles (cf. the appendices)
  • deputy judge in the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden and deputy judge in the Civil Division of the District Court in The Hague
  • Dutch representative in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (Working Group II on International Dispute Resolution / Arbitration and Conciliation)
  • member of the committee for the selection of arbitrators in the Court of Arbitration for Arts (CAfA)
  • general editor of the ‘Tijdschrift voor Arbitrage’ (the Dutch Arbitration Review) and ‘Modellen voor de Rechtspraktijk’ (Templates for contracts, transfers and other documents for law practice including arbitration and mediation practice, loose-leaf and on-line version, Deventer)
  • editor of a.o. the ‘Studiereeks Burgerlijk Recht’ (a Civil Law series) and ‘Burgerlijk Proces en Praktijk’ (a series on Civil Procedure and Practice)
  • annotator of the ‘Nederlandse Jurisprudentie’ (the main Dutch Case Law review)
  • chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wolters Kluwer Nederland Holding
  • president of some working groups for self-regulation of the Dutch Social-Economic Counsel
  • member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of European and Comparative Law in Oxford, of the Belgian ‘Rechtskundig Weekblad’ (a Private Law review) and of the Dutch ‘Jurisprudentie Burgerlijk Procesrecht’ (a case law review on Civil Procedure)
  • ambassador of the Municipality of Leiden.

former additional activities and functions

Previously, Snijders was a.o.:

  • a member of the Netherlands Judiciary Selection Committee
  • co-drafter of the Bar Vocational Course on Civil Procedural Law
  • commissioner of the Zilveren Kruis Groep
  • member/vice chairman of the Board of the Association Achmea
  • chairman of the Advisory and Supervisory Board of the NAI (the Netherlands Arbitration Institute).

See for Snijders' former (additional) activities and functions his personal website.

Snijders’ publications (mentioned in the appendices) relate in particular to Property Law, Contract Law and Civil Procedure, including topics on the border of Civil Law and Civil Procedure, such as Legal Decision Making and Arbitration. 

See for an overview of Snijders' publications also his personal website

In his spare time Snijders plays the violin or travels (sometimes by bicycle).

Professor Emeritus Civil Law and Civil Procedure

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Civiel recht


  • Div. advocatenkantoren Particulier juridisch adviseur
  • Gerechtshof Arnhem Raadsheer-plaatsvervanger
  • Kluwer Deventer Annotator Nederlandse Jurisprudentie
  • Kluwer Deventer, Boom Den Haag (Hoofd)redacteur van diverse vakpublicaties
  • Kluwer Deventer, Kluwer Law International, Sellier Publishers, München e.a. (Hoofd)redacteur van diverse wetenschappelijke publicaties
  • O.m. bij het Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut Rotterdam, ICC en ad hoc. Arbiter
  • Rechtbank Den Haag Rechter-plaatsvervanger
  • Sociaal Economische Raad Voorzitter van diverse SER-overleggroepen voor zelfregulering
  • Staat der Nederlanden Vertegenwoordiger van Nederland in de United Commission on International Trade Law
  • Wolters Kluwer Holding Nederland BV (president-)commissaris
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