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Peter  Kamminga

Dr. Peter Kamminga has successfully (co-)mediated a wide variety of complex, multi-party civil matters. Years of resolving some of the most complicated, often highly technical and bet-the-company cases has yielded a nuanced acumen in a number of specialized legal fields and business sectors. Kamminga has built a track record in the finance, insurance, healthcare, energy, mining, automotive and infrastructure sectors, helping parties resolve contractual disputes, class-actions, and securities, anti-trust and bankruptcy matters. He currently mediates matters in the US and in Europe with aggregate values of millions and at times billions of dollars or euro’s.

Starting out as a mediator in Europe, he went on to gain extensive hands-on experience working alongside Judge Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) - one of the US top neutrals - for several years. He honed his skills in effectively navigating and helping to bring to resolution some of the most complex and high-profile disputes around. After he ventured out on his own this unique experience quickly put him on the map as a preferred mediator for sophisticated clients and plaintiffs alike.

Dr. Kamminga is particularly appreciated for his unique cross-border profile and understanding of the insurance aspects of large claims. International corporations and organizations especially trust him with mediating cases that have strong international aspects. These matters involve sophisticated plaintiff counsel on one side and, multinationals that operate in several countries on the other and require a dispute resolution expert that is able to understand the intricacies of these international business disputes.

His clients benefit from his unique experience resolving high stakes matters. He has developed an in depth appreciation for the unique challenges organizations are faced with when doing business across borders, a deep understanding of the differences in legal systems, and valuable experience in navigating the cultural challenges that makes resolving these issues extra challenging.

As dispute resolution specialist and Professor of Law he works both in Europe and the US, and he is at home in European and US legal and business settings. His profile is a good fit for these complex disputes involving parties from different countries and legal systems, that require navigating the various legal as well as cultural challenges parties are facing in resolving a cross-border dispute.

Dr. Kamminga is recognized both in practice and academia for his legal expertise in the field of contract and corporate law, and for being a quick study. He has a deep understanding of and interest in the intricacies and background of his clients contractual relations. He is valued for being a good listener, his ability to ask the tough questions and his drive to find solutions that make legal and business sense. Next to being an experienced mediator, Peter Kamminga (Ph.D., LL.M.) is also an associate professor of law, and a recognized scholar and author of books and articles on contract theory and dispute resolution.

These qualities make him a go-to mediator for not only major US and European organizations with a global presence but also for leading plaintiff counsel, insurers, and government agencies.

Peter Kamminga grew up in the Netherlands, and has lived and studied in Germany, France and the U.S. He divides his time between Cambridge (Massachusetts), New York City, San Francisco and Amsterdam.


“…calm and deliberate, exhibiting much patience in dealing with the people, focused on understanding the dispute and its nuances, while at the same time ‘driving’ the process and determined to get a settlement done.”
— AmLaw top 20 firm

Professional activities

 
  • Fellow at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

  • Associate Professor of Law VU Amsterdam University

  • Mediator for International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

  • MfN Mediator and Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) mediator

  • Co-founder and co-director Global Infrastructure Institute (GII)

  • Former Co-chair of the Future of ADR committee of the ABA IC Dispute Resolution Section

  • Former Legal Advisor at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek (Netherlands)

  • Former In-house counsel at ACTinium telecommunications consultancy

  • Held academic faculty affiliations at Stanford, and UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco

 

Committees and Memberships

 
  • Member ICC Netherlands Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICC Netherlands

  • Member of the Commission on Arbitration and ADR of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC in Paris

  • Member of Committee on the Future of Construction, World Economic Forum

  • Member International Committee of ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, American Bar Association

  • Member scientific counsel GEMME (European association of judge mediators)


His Ph.D. in the area of contract theory and dispute resolution received wide acclaim and was mentioned as exemplary multidisciplinary research. It was written while Dr. Kamminga was a visiting scholar in residence at Stanford University’ Gould Center of Dispute resolution. It was nominated for cum laude and successfully defended at two universities, both Tilburg University in the Netherlands and Brussels University in Belgium.


After completing his dissertation he received an invitation to join the re-known Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard law school. Initially as post-doc and later as affiliated faculty at PON, he has carried out various research projects in the field of contractual relations and ADR and was involved in executive education at both Harvard University and VU University Amsterdam.


Over the past years Dr. Kamminga was awarded academic affiliations at various institutions in the U.S. including UC Hastings College of Law and Stanford University (Gould Center) and taught negotiation and dispute resolution at various universities around the world.


In 2011 he was granted the prestigious Veni-Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to carry out studies into optimal contract regimes and procurement methods.


Also in 2011 Dr. Kamminga received a Weinstein Fellowship award from the JAMS Foundation for his accomplishments in the field of alternative dispute resolution

 

Dr. Kamminga has received his legal education at top universities in Europe and at Ivy League law schools in the U.S. (Columbia and Harvard), he currently holds an Associate Professorship at VU Amsterdam University, where he researches and teaches in his areas of expertise. He has written dozens of articles and a number of books on alternative dispute resolution.  

Professor Kamminga Ph.D. LLM developed and taught numerous intensive mediation courses at leading mediation and ADR institutes in the US and Europe. Over the years he has worked with top-mediators and academics including Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.), Gary Friedman, Professors Lawrence Susskind (MIT), Robert Mnookin (Harvard) and many others. He studied conflict management at Maastricht university, and has dozens of hours of mediation training.


 

Dr. Kamminga’s publications in the areas of mediation, contractual relations and negotiation include the following:

Mediation

Kamminga, Y.P. (2015). “Using mediation in multi-party disputes or why complex matters still go to litigation.” (p. 963 -976) In: Cecchi Dimeglio P. and Brenneur, B. (Eds). Interdisciplinary Handbook of Dispute Resolution, Brussels: Larcier.

Kamminga, Y.P. & Cecchi Dimeglio, P. (2014). The Changes in Legal Infrastructure: Empirical Analysis of the Status and Dynamics Influencing the Development of Innovative Practice, 38(2) Journal of the Legal Profession, p.191-230.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2013). Mediation in complex multi-party disputes. In: Conciliation et médiation commercial: Domaines d’application et droit compare, Béatrice Blohorn-Brenneur, Harmattan, p. 135-150.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2012). The Netherlands as securities mediation hub? Weinstein Fellow Newsletter, nr. (1) p.14-15.

 

Contractual relations and contracts

Kamminga, Y.P.  (2015). Rethinking contract design: why incorporating non-legal drivers of contractual behavior in contracts may lead to better results in complex defense systems procurement, 15(2) Journal of Public Procurement, p.208-235.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2014). The Next Level in Contract Design: Incorporating Non-Contractual Mechanisms when Negotiating and Drafting Complex Contracts (August 27, 2014). UC Hastings Research Paper No. 115.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2009). Keeping infrastructure projects on track with effective governance structures. Gouda: PSI Bouw.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2008). Towards effective governance structures for contractual relations: Recommendations from social psychology, economics and law for improving project performance in infrastructure projects, Tilburg: Tilburg University Press, 510 pp.

 

 

Negotiation

Kamminga, Y.P. & Cecchi Dimeglio, P. (2012). Value Creation in Water Resource Management: Cooperative rather than Competitive Approaches to Water Management. In: Islam, S. & Susskind, L. and associates, Water diplomacy: Managing the Complexity of Water Networks Through Negotiation, Resources for the Future, Earthscan, Taylor & Francis group.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2011). International multi-party projects: the importance of negotiating process in cross-border contractual relationships, PON series working paper.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2011). Inter-firm negotiations and conflict, Canadian Journal of Arbitration and Mediation (RCAM/CJAM), p. 144-165.

Kamminga, Y.P. (2010). Des Cultures Différentes, Comment Prévenir les Conflits?, SFSP, Actes du colloques Le Rôle de la Négociation entre Partenaires Publics et Privés, p. 18-30.

Kamminga, Y.P. & Berg, van den M.A.M.C. (2006). Optimizing contracting for alliances in infrastructure projects, 23 (1) International Construction Law Review. p. 59-77.