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Zeeshan Mansoor

Assistant Professor

Dr. Z. Mansoor
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Dr Zeeshan Mansoor has been an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Private Law since 2018.

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Education and Career

Zeeshan Mansoor graduated from the University of London (LL.B. Hons) and the University of Aberdeen (LL.M.). He obtained his PhD from the University of Groningen in 2016 and has been 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 Leiden Law School, Zeeshan was a postdoctoral fellow at the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance and a researcher at the University of Groningen's Centre for European Financial Services Law.

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;
  • the 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 (January 2015-March 2015)                  
  3. Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Germany
    Visiting fellow (December 2014-January 2015)                      
  4. University of Aberdeen, Scotland
    LL.M. with Commendation in International Commercial Law (Sep 2008-Sep 2009) 
  5. University of London, England
    LL.B. Honours (September 2003-Aug 2006)

Thesis, inaugural lecture and key publications

  • Thesis: 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 and 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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