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Iris Wuisman

Professor of Company Law

Name
Prof.mr.drs. I.S. Wuisman
Telephone
+31 71 527 8871
E-mail
i.s.wuisman@law.leidenuniv.nl

Iris Wuisman is Professor of Company Law at Leiden Law School, Leiden University since 1 September 2011. Her research focusses on general company law, more specifically on technology and corporate governance. Within the SAILS-project (the university-wide programme in which knowledge concerning artificial intelligence from a variety of disciplines comes together), Iris conducts research into artificial intelligence, corporate governance and liability. She teaches several courses.

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Iris Wuisman is Professor of Company Law at Leiden Law School, Leiden University since 1 September 2011. Her research focusses on general company law, more specifically on technology and corporate governance. Within the SAILS-project (the university-wide programme in which knowledge concerning artificial intelligence from a variety of disciplines comes together), Iris conducts research into artificial intelligence, corporate governance and liability. She teaches several courses.

Iris 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 launched a start-up in the energy sector that designs and produces energy management systems. While developing the 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)].

Research

Iris is interested in the broad area of 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 organizations. New forms of collaboration and the effects of the use of technology on decision-making, responsibilities and accountabilities within the enterprise or organization are central. This concerns the question in which way enterprises and organizations develop and/or use artificial intelligence in a responsible and human-centric manner and how this influences the duties and accountabilities of and the collaboration between involved parties and persons. It concerns the structure of the organization (division of authorities, rights, obligations and (risk)processes), the behavior and the culture and their interaction. In addition, she researches how entrepreneurship can be best facilitated with innovative legal business forms. 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). Iris is one of the founders of the Business & Law Research Network and participates in the SAILS-project of Leiden University.

Ancillary activities

Iris was a board member of the Association Corporate Litigation and the Foundation for Professional Education of Legal Counsels. Momentarily she is a board member of the Law Firm School and the Foundation Harry Honée Fund. In addition, she is a member of the editorial board of the journal Company Law and the Yearbook Corporate Governance. Earlier she was 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. Iris teaches in the advanced educational programme Corporate & Company Law of the Grotius Academy, Nijmegen.

Professor of Company Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Ondernemingsrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B2.34

Contact

  • Stichting Harry Honée Fonds Bestuurslid
  • Wolters Kluwer Redactielid van het tijdschrift Ondernemingsrecht
  • Law Firm School Bestuurslid
  • Wolters Kluwer Redactielid van het Jaarboek Corporate Governance
  • Stichting Grotius Academie Doceren aan de specialisatieopleiding Vennootschaps- en rechtspersonenrecht
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