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- Professor of civil law
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
- Zwart-Hink A.M., Akkermans A.J., Wees, K.A.P.C. van (2014), Compelled Apologies as a Legal Remedy: Some Thoughts from a Civil Law Jurisdiction, University of Western Australia Law Review, 38(1), 100-122
- Hulst, J.E., Akkermans (2011), A.J., Can Money Symbolize Acknowledgment? How Victims’ Relatives Perceive Monetary Awards for their Emotional Harm, Psychological Injury and Law, December 2011, Volume 4, Issue 3-4, pp 245-262. doi: 10.1007/s12207-011-9110-7
- Elbers, N.A., Akkermans, A.J., Cuijpers, P. & Bruinvels, D.J. (2013). Effectiveness of a web-based intervention for injured claimants: A randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14:227. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-227
- Elbers, N.A., Hulst, J.E., Cuijpers, P., Akkermans, A.J., Bruinvels, D.J. (2012), Do Compensation Processes Impair Mental Health? A Meta-Analysis, Injury. International journal for Care of the Injured, May 2013, Volume 44, Issue 5 , Pages 674-683
- Elbers N.A., Akkermans A.J., Cuijpers P., Bruinvels D.J. (2012), What do we know about the well-being of claimants in compensation processes? Recht der werkelijkheid, 2012(2), 65-78
- Elbers N.A., Wees K.A.P.C. van, Akkermans A.J., Cuijpers P., Bruinvels D.J. (2012), Exploring lawyer-client interaction: A qualitative study of positive lawyer characteristics, Psychological Injury and Law, 2012
All VU University Amsterdam-publications, via Metis
Postal addressVU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam