Willem Wiggers


Willem Wiggers is an experienced legal professional. He owns and moderates LinkedIn group Drafting contracts (with 23,000+ members). Being fascinated by technology, Willem spent his first year at university studying mechanical engineering, which taught him the basics of computer programming.

Education. Willem studied law at Utrecht University, and conducted a comparative legal (PhD) research on international joint ventures, at various renowned institutes: the Swiss institute of comparative law in Lausanne, the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, (Fulbright supported) at UC Berkeley, and visiting scholarships at University of Bologna and Unidroit in Rome. The research greatly enriched Willem's knowledge of legal systems.

Professional experience. Following this, Willem was admitted to the bar as attorney-at-law (advocaat) with Allen & Overy Amsterdam. Over five years thereafter, he worked as interim legal counsel for Royal DSM, Royal Philips Electronics, NXP, Linklaters and Civolution.

Main publications. Since March 2012, Willem acts as consultant to the United Nations' and WTO's International Trade Centre ITC, for which he developed a training programme 'Cross-border contracting', including a book and training materials. Since 1993, Willem is an active member of the Groupe de Travail Contrats Internationaux, an international working group of senior legal counsel, attorneys-at-law and legal academics who analyse topics of contract drafting. He is also the editor of International Commercial Law - Source Materials, contributed to the Common Core of European Private Law, working group on ‘Unexpected circumstances', and is the author of Contract drafting - Techniques, best practice rules and recommendations related to contract drafting (Kluwer 2011).