Prof. Cees van Dam

Cees van Dam

Professor of International Business and Human Rights
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Cees van Dam is an authority in Business and Human Rights and in European and Comparative Tort Law. As a frequent flyer, he also became an expert in Air Passenger Rights and successfully advised a small claim handler in its dispute with the entire airline industry.

Cees van Dam’s research at RSM aims to contribute to enhancing the human rights of people adversely affected by multinational corporations. He will particularly look at the role the companies’ Legal Departments play in this respect. Are the lawyers an obstacle for businesses developing human rights policies or can they play an active role in enhancing human rights protection: for their own employees, for the people working in their supply chain, for the people working at their subsidiaries, for the people living around their plants, and for the people affected by their customers? Cooperating with colleagues at RSM, his research will be on the crossroads of legal, business-economics and other disciplines.

He presented his research in his inaugural lecture at RSM on 18 September 2015. The text of this lecture is available in English and Dutch and the video registration can be watched on YouTube.

In addition to RSM, Cees van Dam is Visiting Professor at King’s College London and at Maastricht University. In London he teaches English and Comparative Tort Law at the LL.B, and Business and Human Rights at the Transnational Law LL.M. In Maastricht he teaches European Tort Law at the European Law School.

Professional experience

Endowed Professor

Erasmus University Rotterdam
RSM - Rotterdam School of Management
Department of Business-Society Management


Scholarly Publications (8)

  • C.C. van Dam (2015). Human rights obligations of transnational corporations in domestic tort law. In Jernej Cernic & Tara Van Ho (Eds.), Human Rights and Business: Direct Corporate Accountability for Human RIghts (pp. 475-497). Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal Publishers
  • C.C. van Dam (2015). Enhancing Human Rights Protection: a Company Lawyer's Business. . Inaugural lecture (2015, september 18). Rotterdam: Rotterdam School of Management
  • C.C. van Dam (2014). Het EVRM en de aansprakelijkheid van private partijen. Verkeersrecht. Juridisch Maandblad Wegverkeer, 62 (11), 410-417.
  • C.C. van Dam (2013). European Tort Law, 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • C.C. van Dam (2013). 侵权法和人权:战火兄弟连. In Anglo-American Law Review Series. Peking University Press
  • C.C. van Dam (2011). The Netherlands liable towards family of Srebrenica victims. (nieuwsbrief). American Society of International Law. (available: 19 Sep 2011).
  • C.C. van Dam (2011). Tort Law and Human Rights. On the role of tort law in the area of business and human rights. Journal of European Tort Law, 2, 221-254.
  • C.C. van Dam (2008). Onderneming en mensenrechten. Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers

Semi Scientific Publications (3)

  • C.C. van Dam (2014, januari 11). Bedrijven strijden tegen onrecht. Nederlands Dagblad
  • C.C. van Dam (2013, februari 26). Shell's victory and embarrassment in the Dutch court. Huffington Post
  • C.C. van Dam (2013, februari 6). Shell in Nigeria: wegduiken kan niet. NRC Handelsblad