Klaas Hendrik Eller is an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Center for Transformative Private Law (ACT) and affiliated with the Sustainable Global Economic Law (SGEL) research project.
His research interests are centered around the role of (private) law in social and technological change, particularly through an angle of contract and economic law, alongside comparative and international private law as well as human rights. His work draws on (transnational) private law theory, socio-legal and anthropological approaches, law & political economy and the history of legal thought. Klaas is a member of the Consultative Committee of the European Law Institute's Business and Human Rights Working Group and a contributor to the project 'The Private Side of Transforming the World: The UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the Role of Private International Law' (Max-Planck Institute, Hamburg). He is a co-editor-in-chief of the German Law Journal and a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA).
In 2022, he received a 3-year Veni grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his project 'Recoding Global Production: Towards a Legal Ethnography of Sustainable Global Supply Chains'.
Klaas obtained his PhD from the University of Cologne (“The Constitution of Global Production”, summa cum laude, Faculty Prize) and holds law degrees from Cologne and the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Klaas passed the German bar exam (Referendariat) at the High Court of Berlin with secondments inter alia at the Supreme Court of the State of Israel (Justice Daphne Barak-Erez) and an international arbitration boutique. He was a Doctoral Fellow at Humboldt-University’s European Law School Graduate Program, held fellowships at both Tel Aviv University's and Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics, was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP, Harvard Law School) and a Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University.
At the UvA, Klaas also serves as Academic Coordinator of the "European Law School".
His teaching portfolio includes European Contract Law (MA), Comparative Law (MA), Research Training Seminar in European Private Law (MA), Making Markets Beyond the State (MA), Principles in European Contract Law (BA PPLE) and Moot Court in European Union Law (BA).
Fields: private and economic law (esp. contract, property) | international, European and comparative private law | transnational law | human rights | dispute resolution
Perspectives: private law theory | law & political economy | law & social change | legal intellectual history | legal materiality, STS
Supervision: I am happy to discuss proposals that fall within these fields and/or methodological approaches.