Arno Akkermans

This page has been moved. You are being redirected.

+31 20 59 86286
faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( privaatrecht )
Professor of civil law

Curriculum vitae

Arno Akkermans (1958) graduated from the faculty of law of Tilburg University (cum laude) and obtained his doctorate at the same university (cum laude). Until his appointment as professor of civil law at the VU University in 1999 he worked as an attorney in the field of liability and insurance. His research focus is on the impact of law and legal procedure on the wellbeing and health of individuals, in the context of civil procedure in general and of the settlement of personal injury claims in particular. Arno works with multidisciplinary research teams and cooperates with colleagues at the Faculty of Psychology and at the VU University medical centre (VUmc). He is a fellow of the Eurpean Centre of Tort and Insurance Law in Vienna (ECTIL), member of the board of the Netherlands Comparative Law Association (NVVR), and co-founder and member of the steering committee of the International Network on Law and Apology Research (INLAR).


Inleiding verbintenissenrecht (Introduction to the law of obligations)
Aansprakelijkheidsrecht (Tort law)
Verdieping aansprakelijkheid en verzekering (Master class on liability and insurance)
Conflictoplossing, mediation en onderhandelen (Conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation)


Arno Akkermans is director of the Amsterdam Centre for Comprehensive Law (ACCL). The ACCL is pioneering a variety of innovative empirical-legal research methods and is experimenting with the way legal research is oriented and organized. The ACCL stands for a more comprehensive approach to the function, the effects and the meaning of law and legal procedures for those who resort to the legal system. Its mission is to contribute with its research to the improvement of the performance of the legal system in meeting a wider spectrum of human needs and motivations than traditionally are the focus of law and the legal discipline, such as justice, acknowledgement, validation, involvement, ‘voice’, restoration, apology and forgiveness.


Tort law, personal injury, empirical legal studies, law and psychology, procedural justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, health law, civil procedure, ADR, negotiation, out of court settlement.

Some publications in English

All VU University Amsterdam-publications, via Metis

Postal address

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Ancillary activities

Vereniging letselschade advocaten - Unknown Amsterdam, 01 september 2011
Stichting Keurmerk Letselschade - Unknown Utrecht, 02 september 2011
Schadefonds Geweldsmisdrijven - Member Commission 'Statuut' Rijswijk, 01 september 2013
Boom Juridische Uitgevers - Unknown Den Haag, 02 december 2013
Grotius Academie - Unknown Nijmegen, 02 december 2013
Kennedy Van der Laan - Advisor Amsterdam, 02 december 2013
Ned. Vereniging voor Rechtsvergelijking - Board member Maastricht, 02 december 2013
Studiecentrum Rechtspleging - Unknown Zutphen, 02 december 2013
Stichting Triptiek - Meber Advisory Board Tilburg, 01 januari 2014
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017