Prof.dr. C.J.J.M. (Carel) Stolker

  • Rector Magnificus and President of Leiden University

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3143
Faculty / Department: College van Bestuur
Office Address: De Oude UB
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Room number A.2.05

Professor Carel J.J.M. Stolker (Leiden, 23 June  1954) became Rector Magnificus and President of Leiden University with effect from February 2013. Carel Stolker was Dean of the Leiden Law School from 2005 to 2011, and Vice-Dean for Research from 2000-2005.

Carel Stolker studied Law at Leiden University from 1974 to 1979, and he then became a faculty member of the civil law department of this university. He received his PhD in 1988, based on a dissertation (published as a book) on the liability of medical doctors, in particular in wrongful birth cases (Kluwer 1988). He subsequently published a study on the medical liability crisis in the United States (Kluwer/BSH 1989), as well as a large number of other publications on different topics of private law and comparative law.

In 1991 he taught liability law at the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in San Francisco. Before taking up the post of Dean, he published regularly on issues relating to liability law, in co-operation with Hastings’ colleague David Levine. In 1996 he was appointed full Professor of Private Law.

Stolker is a member of the chief editorial staff of the series Tekst & Commentaar and an editor of the volume concerning the Dutch Civil Code. Furthermore, he is Editor-in-Chief of the loose-leaf publication Onrechtmatige Daad (Law of Torts).

He has served in many public posts, including as a member (2005) and co-chair (2010) of two national audit committees of the Dutch judiciary. Carel Stolker is a Deputy Judge at the Court of Haarlem and a Deputy Justice at the Court of Appeal of 's-Hertogenbosch.

On 7 February 2003, on the occasion of the 428th Dies Natalis of Leiden University, he gave an address about legal scholarship. This address and the ensuing publications attracted much attention in the Netherlands. Since then, topics related to the philosophy of legal science have been an integral aspect of his field of interest. During a one-year sabbatical (2011-2012) he worked on a book on law schools worldwide - Rethinking the Law School. Education, Research, Outreach and Governance –published by Cambridge University Press in December 2014.

Last Modified: 20-11-2014