Professor of Company Law
Iris Wuisman has been appointed Professor of Company Law at Leiden Law School of Leiden University since September 2011. Her research focusses on general company law more specifically on entrepreneurship and innovative legal business forms and on comparative corporate law. She teaches international corporate law, comparative corporate law, introduction to international business law and company law in post academic programmes. She is head of the department of Company Law of the Institute of Private Law.
In 2007, Iris Wuisman graduated in both economics and law ( cum laude) at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During her studies, she undertook an exchange program at the University of Technology Sydney, in Australia, where she studied sports management. Her bachelor and master’s degrees in both law and economics laid the foundation for her interest in multidisciplinary studies.
Subsequently, Iris Wuisman launched a start-up in the energy sector that designs and produces energy management systems and currently operates in several countries. While developing her business, she began writing her Ph.D. thesis about the introduction of limited liability partnerships in the Netherlands, where she discussed the desirability of this legal form and described the way it could be included in Dutch partnership law. In her dissertation, Iris created a link between social developments, economic considerations and the legal framework for close and personal collaboration. While pursuing her PhD, Iris also worked as a lawyer at Stibbe Amsterdam, where she specialized in the field of capital markets, finance and corporate litigation. She was awarded her Ph.D.-degree in 2011 after successfully defending 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)].
Since September 2011, Iris Wuisman is Professor of Company Law at Leiden Law School, Leiden University and is head of the Institute of Private Law’s Company Law department, which consists of Intellectual Property Law, Insolvency Law and Company Law subdivisions. She is responsible for the International Business Law Bachelors program and teaches several courses such as Comparative Corporate Law, introduction to international business law and European Company Law. Furthermore, she serves as a lecturer at the Grotius Academy and is responsible for the postgraduate specialist courses on Company law at Leiden University.
Iris Wuisman is interested in the broad area of company law, comparative law and European company law, given her active involvement in international education and research. Iris Wuisman is particularly interested in how entrepreneurship can be best facilitated with innovative legal forms. She focuses on developments such as digitalization, informalization and individualization and the influence this phenomena have on entrepreneurship and company law. She addressed this particular area of interest in her inaugural lecture ‘Company law and the i-society: mind the gap, take the next step’ (2013). In addition to her expertise on close corporations (BV) and partnerships, Iris is familiar with cooperative and foreign legal entity forms. Along with Professor Jan Adriaanse, she was the project leader of the INSOL Europe Research Project on European Principles and Guidelines for Insolvency Office Holders. Together with Rogier Wolf, she contributed to the Directors and Officers Liability Project of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), which will be published in mid-2016.
Iris Wuisman is a member of the Editorial Boards of Ars Aequi’s Bookcouncil Private law and the Journal for Business and Finance ( Onderneming & Financiering). Moreover, she is a board member of the Foundation Harry Honée Fund and the Foundation for Professional Education for Legal Counsels.
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