Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Henricus (HenkJoseph Snijders is an emeritus professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure at Leiden University.

At present, Henk Snijders mainly acts and holds positions as:

  • arbitrator (institutional a.o. at Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut (NAI), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Hague Court of Arbitration for Aviation (Hague CAA) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), regulatory non-institutional on basis of regulations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and European Development Fund (EDF) and ad hoc non-regulatory) as well as binding advisor (at NAI and ad hoc)
  • legal expert and advisor
  • author of books and articles (cf. the appendices)
  • Dutch representative in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (Working Group II on International Dispute Resolution / Arbitration and Conciliation)
  • general editor of the ‘Tijdschrift voor Arbitrage’ (the Dutch Arbitration Review) and ‘Modellen voor de Rechtspraktijk’ (Templates for contracts, transfers and other documents for law practice including arbitration and mediation practice, Deventer)
  • editor of a.o. the ‘Studiereeks Burgerlijk Recht’ (a Civil Law series) and ‘Burgerlijk Proces en Praktijk’ (a series on Civil Procedure and Practice)
  • annotator of the ‘Nederlandse Jurisprudentie’ (the main Dutch Case Law review)
  • chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wolters Kluwer Holding Nederland B.V.
  • president of some working groups for self-regulation of the Dutch Social-Economic Counsel
  • member of the committee for the selection of arbitrators in the Court of Arbitration for Arts (CAfA)
  • member of the Dutch Arbitration & ADR Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of European and Comparative Law in Oxford the Belgian ‘Rechtskundig Weekblad’ (a Private Law review) and of the Dutch ‘Jurisprudentie Burgerlijk Procesrecht’ (a case law review on Civil Procedure)
  • ambassador of the Municipality of Leiden
  • member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Arbitration Association (DAA)

Related to Leiden University, Henk Snijders mainly acts and holds positions as:

  • author and editor(-in-chief) of books and articles
  • doctoral thesis supervisor
  • pro-rector
  • chairman of the Committee on Whistleblowing of Leiden University
  • patron and board member of Mordenate College
  • patron of the faculty study association Grotius
  • patron of Stichting Nederlands-Vlaamse Pleitcompetitie
  • patron of the civil law master's study association Suum Cuique
  • course co-ordinator and lecturer International Arbitration (in association with the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague)

Previously, Snijders was a.o.:

  • f.t. lawyer and barrister of the Supreme Court at Buruma c.s. in The Hague (1978 – 1984)
  • full professor of Private Law at the Law Faculty of Erasmus University at Rotterdam (1984-1992)
  • full professor of Private Law at Leiden University (1992-2016), where he also got his master's degree (1973) and his doctorate (1978) in law
  • founder and director of the Advanced LL.M. programme International Civil and Commercial Law (2014-2016)
  • honorary professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure at Leiden University (2016-2021)
  • director at Instituut voor het Privaatrecht (2009-2014)
  • deputy judge in the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden and deputy judge in the Civil Division of the District Court in The Hague
  • a member of the Netherlands Judiciary Selection Committee
  • co-drafter of the Bar Vocational Course on Civil Procedural Law
  • commissioner of the Zilveren Kruis Groep
  • member/vice chairman of the Board of the Association Achmea
  • chairman of the Advisory and Supervisory Board of the NAI (the Netherlands Arbitration Institute).
  • chairman of the Institute for Anglo-American Law

Snijders’ publications (click here) relate in particular to Property Law, Contract Law and Civil Procedure, including topics on the border of Civil Law and Civil Procedure, such as Legal Decision Making and Arbitration.

In his spare time Snijders plays the violin or travels.