Jaap SpierJaap Spier

Advocate-General in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands;
Honorary Professor of comparative insurance law at Maastricht University;
Member and Honorary President of the European Group on Tort Law


Hoge Raad der Nederlanden
Postbus 20303
's Gravenhage NL-2500 FH


Curriculum Vitae

  • Born in 1950
  • Master's of Law degree Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Attorney at the Rotterdam Bar (until 1977)
  • Lecturer of private Law at Leyden University (1977 until 1981)
  • Company lawyer at Unilever NV and PLC (1982 until 1989)
  • Professor of private and commercial law at Tilburg University (1989 until 1999; the last two years part time)
  • Advocate-General in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands (as from 1997)
  • Honary Professor of comparative insurance law at Maastricht University (as from 1999)
  • PhD (Doctor Iuris) Leiden 1981
  • chairmain of the comite of Private Law and board member of the Netherlands Association of company lawyers
  • deputy judge at the Court of Appeal 's-Hertogenbosch
  • chief editor of:
    • Aansprakelijkheid en Verzekering
    • Bedrijfsjuridische berichten
  • chairman of the Netherlands Association of Private Law
  • board member of the Association of Administrative Law


  • Overeenkomsten met de overheid, Kluwer (thesis 1981)
  • Overeenkomsten met overheidslichamen
  • (Contractenrecht/Verbintenissenrecht, loose leave)
  • Onrechtmatige overheidsdaad, W.E.J. Tjeenk Willink (1st en 2nd ed., resp. 1983 en 1987)
  • Sluipende schade, Kluwer, 1990 (inaugural lecture Tilburg)
  • De maalstroom van het aansprakelijkheidsrecht
  • Schadevergoeding, algemeen deel 3, Kluwer, 1992 (Nieuw BW mon. B36)
  • Aansprakelijkheid voor gevaarlijke stoffen, Kluwer 1995 (with C.H.W.M. Sterk)
  • The limits of liability, Kluwer Law International, 1996 (editor and author of several contributions)
  • Preadvies Nederlandse Juristen Vereniging 1996, W.E.J. Tjeenk Willink (some parts together with A.T. Bolt en O.A. Haazen)
  • Aansprakelijkheidsverzekeringen op claims made-grondslag, Kluwer 1996 (with met O.A. Haazen), Kluwer, Deventer 1996
  • editor and author of about 1/3 of Verbintenissen uit de wet en Schadevergoeding, Kluwer 1997
  • editor and author of several contributions of The Limits of Expanding Liability, Kluwer Law International 1998
  • Schade en loss occurrence-verzekeringen, Kluwer, Deventer 1999
  • Een nieuwe dageraad voor het aansprakelijkheidsrecht? Kluwer, Deventer 1999

More over a few hundred articles and case notes on various topics, the greater part on the law of torts, remedies, damages and insurance law