Professor Company Law
Iris Wuisman has been a Professor of Company Law at Leiden Law School since 1 September 2011. Her research focuses on general company law, and specifically on technology and corporate governance. Within the SAILS project (a university-wide programme that brings together knowledge of artificial intelligence from a variety of disciplines), Iris conducts research on artificial intelligence, corporate governance and liability. She teaches a number of modules.
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Iris Wuisman has been a Professor of Company Law at Leiden Law School since 1 September 2011. Her research focuses on general company law, and specifically on technology and corporate governance. Within the SAILS project (a university-wide programme that brings together knowledge of artificial intelligence from a variety of disciplines), Wuisman conducts research on artificial intelligence, corporate governance and liability. She teaches a number of modules.
Wuisman graduated in economics and law (cum laude) from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During her studies, she participated in an exchange programme at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where she studied sports management. Her bachelor's and master’s degrees in law and economics laid the foundation for her interest in multidisciplinary studies.
Subsequently, Professor Wuisman launched a start-up in the energy sector that designs and produces energy management systems. While developing her business, she began writing her PhD thesis on the introduction of limited liability partnerships in the Netherlands, discussing the desirability of this legal form and describing how it could be incorporated in Dutch partnership law. In her thesis, Wuisman established a link between social developments, economic considerations and the legal framework for close, personal collaboration. During her PhD studies, Iris also worked as a lawyer at Stibbe Amsterdam, specialising in capital markets, finance and corporate litigation. She obtained her PhD in 2011 following her successful defence of her thesis entitled ‘A Dutch Limited Liability Partnership: desirable?’ [Original title: Een Nederlandse personenvennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid: wenselijk? (Uitgave vanwege het Instituut voor Ondernemingsrecht nr. 81. Deventer: Kluwer 2011)].
Professor Wuisman' broad field of interest is company law, comparative law and European company law. She is particularly interested in societal developments and associated transitions such as those in the field of technology and the responsibilities of enterprises and organisations. New forms of collaboration and the effects of technology use on decision making, responsibilities and accountabilities within an enterprise or organisation are area key area of interest, including how enterprises and organisations develop and use artificial intelligence in a responsible, human-centric manner and how this affects the duties and accountabilities of and the collaboration between the parties and persons involved. This concerns the structure of the organisation (division of authorities, rights, obligations, processes and risk processes), behaviour, culture and interaction. In addition, she researches how entrepreneurship can be best facilitated with innovative legal business forms. Professor Wuisman addressed this particular area of interest in her inaugural lecture ‘Company law and the i-society: mind the gap, take the next step’ (2013). Iris is a founder of the Business & Law Research Network and is involved in Leiden Unviersity's SAILS project.
Professor Wuisman was a board member of the Association Corporate Litigation and the Foundation for Professional Education of Legal Counsels. She is currently a board member of the Law Firm School and the Foundation Harry Honée Fund. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Company Law and the Yearbook Corporate Governance. She has previously been a member of the Editorial Board of de Geschriften vanwege de Vereniging Corporate Litigation, the journal Enterprise & Finance and the Ars Aequi Book Council Private Law. She teaches in the advanced programme Corporate & Company Law at the Grotius Academy in Nijmegen.
- Redactielid van het tijdschrift Ondernemingsrecht
- Redactielid van het Jaarboek Corporate Governance
- Doceren aan de specialisatieopleiding Vennootschaps- en rechtspersonenrecht