Prof. dr. F. J. A. (Frans) van der Velden

Prof. dr. F. J. A. (Frans) van der Velden


Frans van der Velden studied Dutch law at Utrecht University Law School and became an assistant and adjunct professor for comparative law and private international law at that law school. His PhD was on uniform sales law. From 1991 to 2006 he was a legal advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Justice, charged with the drafting of legislation on private international law and on nationality law. He represented the Dutch government at the European Union, the Council of Europe and the The Hague Conference on Private International Law. At that time he was a part-time deputy judge at the family law chamber of the ’s-Hertogenbosch Court of Appeal. In 2000 he was appointed extraordinary professor in family law of Dutch minorities by the Amsterdam Free University (VU) and lectured Islamic family law. He was a guest professor on Islamic law at the universities of Leuven en Utrecht and is still lecturing at the Amsterdam Free University (VU) and the Maastricht university. In 2016 he published an introduction to Islamic law (Inleiding in de shari’a; een kennismaking met het recht van de islam en van de islam-georiënteerde wereld (Introduction in the Shari’a: a general view of the law of islam and of that of the islam-oriented world, Boom Juridisch, Den Haag 2016, ISBN 9789462901025).


List of publications in English, French or German

La protection de l’enfant en droit civil néerlandais, in: Travaux de l’Association Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française, T.XXX, Journées égyptiennes, Paris 1981, ISBN 2-7178-0411-0, p.175-188.

The Dutch law of pretium doloris, in: Netherlands Reports to the Eleventh International Congress of Comparative Law, Caracas 1982, Deventer/den Haag, 1982, p.99-123.

The law of international sales, The Hague Conventions 1986 and the Uncitral Uniform Sales Code 1980 – Hague-Zagreb Essays 4 on the law of international trade, C.C.A. Voskuil en J.A. Wade (ed), The Hague 1983, pp. 46-69.

Uniform international sales law and the battle of forms – Unification and comparative law in theory and practice, Contributions in honour of Jean Georges Sauveplanne, Deventer 1984, pp. 233-249.

Indications of the interpretation by Dutch courts of the United Nations convention on the contracts for the international sale of goods 1980 – Netherlands reports to the twelfth international congress of comparative law, 1987, pp. 21-45.

Quelques problèmes juridiques des Marocains aux Pays-Bas, in: Le Maroc et la Hollande, Etudes sur l’histoire, la migration, la linguistique et la sémiologie de la culture, Publications de la Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université Mohammed V, Rabat, 1988, p. 131-139.

International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law: Part I: National reports: The Netherlands, updating 1988,

Droit privé uniforme – un système juridique en évolution – in: Atlas du Notariat / Atlas van het Notariaat, Ars Notariatus XLII, Deventer 1989, p. 345-364.

Common law influences in the evolution of Dutch law. in: Netherlands report to the thirteenth international congress of comparative law in Montreal Maklu/TMC Asserinstituut 1990, p. 43‑57 (samen met N.A. Florijn).

International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law: Part I: National reports: The Netherlands, updating 1991, 10 p.

Ratifikation des Wiener Kaufrechtsüberein­kommen durch die Niederlande – in: IPRax 1992, nr. 1, 4 p.

Unifikácia práva medzinárodnej kúpnej zmluvy (Slovenian)/Das einheitliche internationale Kaufrecht, in: Evropské a Mezinárodní Právo, 1992, nr. 1, p.3-13.

Rules for declining to exercise jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters, in: Netherlands reports to the XIV-th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law 1994, E.H. Hondius en J. van Erp (red.), Zwolle 1994, p. 103-121 (with M. Freudenthal)..

Rules for declining … (see above), in: J.J.Fawcett, Forum non conveniens, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1995, p. 321-340 (with M. Freudenthal)..

Développements du droit judiciaire administratif néerlandais, in: Revue générale de droit processuel, p. 4-5, (with M. Freudenthal).

Die Angemessenheit und Unangemessenheit des Wiener Kaufrechts für internationale Kaufverträge, in: Emptio-Vendition inter Nationes, Festschrift Neumayer, Basel 1997, p. 15-31.

International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law: Part I: National reports: The Netherlands, updating 1999, 21 p. (wth M. Freudenthal).

Third Report on National Case Law on the Lugano Convention, IPRax, Vol 22, 5/2002, S. 446 – 453 (with Cecilia Renfors and Rolf Wagner)

Ijtihad and Moroccan family law, in: Morocco and the Netherlands – Society, Economy, Culture (Petra Bos and Wantje Fritschy eds), VU University Press, Amsterdam 2006, p. 55-66

Freedom of Religion as a Human Right in today’s Muslim World, in: G.J.Buijs, J.T. Sunier and P.G.A. Versteeg (eds.), Risky Liaisons? Democracy and Religion: Reflections and Case Study, VU University Press 2013.