Professor of European Private Law, Maastricht University
Professor of Comparative Legal Studies, University of Helsinki
HiiL Chair on the Internationalisation of Law, Maastricht University
Academic Director, Maastricht European Private Law Institute
Chair, European Private Law, Maastricht University
Jan Smits’ research interests range from European private law and comparative law to legal theory and ‘law and…’ approaches. He has a special interest in the debate about harmonisation of law in the European Union and in the various ways in which Europeanisation and globalisation influence the law. He is a fierce believer in legal science as an international discipline.