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Zeeshan Mansoor

Assistant Professor

Dr. Z. Mansoor
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Dr. Zeeshan Mansoor is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Private Law since 2018.

More information about Zeeshan Mansoor

Education and Career

Zeeshan Mansoor is a graduate of the University of London (LLB Hons) with an LLM from the University of Aberdeen. He obtained his PhD Degree from the University of Groningen in 2016, and was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, and the University of Oxford Faculty of Law.

Prior to joining the Leiden Law School, Zeeshan was a postdoctoral fellow at the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance, and a researcher at the Centre for European Financial Services Law of the University of Groningen.

Besides his position at Leiden Law School, Zeeshan is a Director at the consultancy firm Alvarez & Marsal. Zeeshan’s area of practice is Financial Industry Advisory Services (FIAS).

Research Areas and Interests

Zeeshan is interested in:

  • EU banking and financial services law and their private law implications;
  • Interaction between financial services law and other regulatory laws impacting financial institutions;
  • Simplifying the implementation of EU banking and financial services law.


  1. University of Groningen, The Netherlands
    PhD in Comparative Contract Law (July 2011 – March 2016)             
  2. University of Oxford, England
    Academic Visitor (Jan 2015 – March 2015)                  
  3. Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Germany
    Visiting Fellow (Dec 2014 – Jan 2015)                      
  4. University of Aberdeen, Scotland
    LLM with Commendation in International Commercial Law (Sep 2008 – Sep 2009) 
  5. University of London, England
    LLB Honours (Sep 2003 – Aug 2006)

Title of dissertation / oration / key publications

  • Dissertation: Public Policy and Good Morals, A Comparative Study in English and Dutch Contract Law
  • With Colombi Ciacchi & Mak, Immoral Contracts in Europe (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019)
  • ‘Article 3:40(1) – Some Concerns and a Recommendation’ in Vonck et al, Dwingend Recht (BJU 2015)
  • ‘Contracts Contrary to Public Policy under English and Dutch Law’ (2014) 1 European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance, Issue 4, pp 296-335
  • ‘Contracts Contrary to Public Policy under English and Dutch Law’ (2014) 22 European Review of Private Law, Issue 5, pp 703-727
  • ‘The Ugly Duckling and the One Way Astronaut Agreement’ (2014) Weekblad voor Privaatrecht, Notariaat en Registratie 7016, pp 399-406
  • ‘Principles of European Contract Law: An Autonomous Lex Mercatoria or Part of a Universal Lex Mercatoria?’ (2013) 6 International Journal of Private Law, Issue 1, pp 24-37

Ancillary positions + organisation

Senior Director, and (interim) Head of Regulatory Advisory Practice (the Netherlands), Alvarez and Marsal



Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Financieel Recht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number FLEX


  • Alvarex Emarsal Directeur
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