Jan Smits


Research areas

  • 513 Law - European private law, Comparative law

Curriculum Vitae


Jan Smits is Visiting Professor of Comparative Legal Studies in the University of Helsinki and Professor of European Private Law at Maastricht University. In Helsinki he is one of the research directors of the Centre of Excellence in the Foundations of European Law and Polity. In the academic year 2010-2011, he also holds the Maastricht-HiiL visiting Chair on the Internationalisation of Law. Jan Smits is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). More information can be found at http://www.jansmits.eu

Academic interests
Jan Smits publishes, teaches and supervises students in the fields of European private law, comparative law, legal theory and ‘law and…’ approaches. He has a special interest in questions of legal harmonisation and the foundations of (European) private law.

Latest publications

  1. A Radical View of Legal Pluralism

    Smits, J. 2013 Pluralism and European Private Law. Niglia, L. (ed.). Hart Publishing, p. 161-171 11 p.

    Publication: Contribution to book/anthologyA3 Contribution to book/other compilations (refereed)

  2. If You Shoot My Dog, I'ma Kill Yo' Cat: An Inquiry into the Principles of Hip-Hop Law

    Smits, J., Iseger, S., Ernst, A. & Riaz, N. 2013 In : Ars Aequi . 62, p. 99-108 10 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Competition in International Sales Law: Introduction to Special Issue

    Smits, J. 2013 In : European Business Law Review. 24, 3, p. 295-298 4 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. ‘Bied meer mogelijkheden voor rechtstoerisme’, interview in SC Online (Staatscourant)

    Jan Smits (Participant), SC Online (Staatscourant), 3 Mar 2010

    Activity: Public appearancesParticipation in interview for web based media

  2. Civil Codes and Constitutions Beyond the State: Law as Product, inaugural lecture

    Jan Smits (Participant), Tilburg University, 5 Feb 2010

    Activity: Other activitiesOther

  3. Academy Colloquium Methodology of comparative legal research in theory and practice: an approach from the inside out

    Jan Smits (Speaker: Presenter), 20 Jan 201021 Jan 2010

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest projects

  1. The Architecture of Regulatory Competition

    Smits, J., Juutilainen, T. & Korkea-aho, E.


    Project: Research project

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