Professor Peter Kamminga is a Permanent Associated Scholar and guest lecturer at UC Hastings College of the Law and at the Gould Center (Stanford University). He divides his time between the US and Europe, as Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (PON) and Associate Professor of Law at VU Amsterdam University.
He earned LLB, JD, LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees studying at Dutch, Belgian, US and German Universities.
In his research Dr. Kamminga, builds upon his Ph.D. thesis focusing on the legal, economic and social psychological aspects of contracting in complex infrastructure projects. His scholarly work takes an interdisciplinary approach. He examines both theoretically and empirically the influence of legal governance mechanisms on contracting and dispute resolution processes, in particular in multi-party projects.
Professor Kamminga also consults for large infrastructure projects around the world and works with the Weinstein Mediation group on the settlements of complex securities class actions, contract and construction disputes.
Prior to his academic career, he practiced law as in-house counsel and as legal advisor at one of the Netherlands’ biggest law firms (De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek) advising on arbitration cases and complex settlement cases. He then joined the Tilburg Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Civil Law and Conflict Resolution System and worked on various consultancy projects for clients as the Dutch Ministry of Justice, victims’ rights organizations, the insurance industry, and the construction industry.
He has published several articles and coauthored books on various themes such as contracts and cooperation, the role of standards in personal injury claim handling, access to justice, the role of the legal system in optimizing collaboration between private and public parties, and ADR. He has developed and taught several courses on complex contracts, construction law, negotiation, and mediation.
Dutch by birth and French by marriage, Professor Kamminga has lived in the West and East Coast of the US, in the Netherlands, Germany and in France. In his free time he enjoys running, and travel with his wife.
Expertise: Contract law, Complex International Contracts, Civil Procedure, Law and Economics, Law and Psychology, Public and Private Governance Structures, ADR