PLEASE NOTE: This is Peter Kamminga’s academic site. For his mediator bio and experience see

Peter Kamminga, Ph.D., LL.M. is an Associate Professor of Law, Fellow, and a mediator. He consults as an expert in contract law, contract design, insurance matters mediation and negotiation, and mediates complex civil matters. He has written dozens of articles and a number of books.  He is an Associate Professor at  VU Amsterdam University where he researches and teaches in the areas of contracts, mediation and negotiation, and was a post-doc at Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. where he has an affiliation for many years now.

The past decade Dr. Kamminga has successfully (co)mediated over hundreds of complex, multi-party civil disputes ranging from financial disputes, (cross-border) bankruptcies, to insurance coverage cases, and contractual matters related to construction, large development, and oil &  gas projects, each with aggregate values of millions and sometimes billions of dollars or euro’s (visit for more information). Dr. Kamminga oftentimes collaborates with one of the US preeminent (JAMS) mediators, Judge Weinstein (Ret.)

Dr. Kamminga briefly practiced law as in-house counsel and as legal advisor at de Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (one of the Netherlands’ leading law firms) advising on arbitration cases and large complex disputes. He then embarked upon an academic career but always kept a strong foot in practice working on various matters for clients such as the European Commission, The Dutch Ministry of Justice, and Ministry of Infrastructure, various Dutch and US insurance companies, international financial institutions, and various clients and contractors in the European and US construction industry.

In 2011 he received a Veni-grant for his academic work, a prestigious grant awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to excellent, innovative, adventurous, and pioneering scholars, to carry out studies into optimal contract regimes and procurement methods. The same year he was awarded a Weinstein Fellowship from the JAMS Foundation for his accomplishments in the field of the international ADR practice. Dr. Kamminga was also Co-chair of the Committee on the Future of ADR of the International committee of the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution.  He is a director and scholar at the Global Infrastructure Institute and member of the committee on the Future of Construction of the World Economic Forum. He has given presentations on his research findings at conferences around the world.

Dr. Kamminga studied law at Columbia University, Georg August University,  Groningen university and Maastricht University. He wrote his Ph.D. while in residence at Stanford University, which was successfully defended at both Tilburg University and Brussels University. Next to his current work carried out at Harvard University and VU Amsterdam, he has held academic affiliations at UC Hastings College of the Law and Stanford University (Gould Center).

He can be contacted about his academic work at:; for mediation inquiries and contract matters at or

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