Tom Bouwman

Tom Bouwman


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Since January 2023, Tom has been a postdoc at the Institute for Private Law of Leiden University. In 2015, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and cum laude his bachelor’s degree in law at Utrecht University. In 2017, he completed the Legal Research Master programme cum laude, also at Utrecht University. In 2019, he won the G.J. Wiarda L.R.M. Price for his master’s thesis about norm-setting in the law of obligations and the fact-value gap.

From November 2017 until August 2018, Tom was a junior lecturer at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law of Utrecht University. In September 2018, he started working as a PhD candidate at the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law. In April 2023, he successfully defended his PhD thesis, which dealt with the question of whether nudges – behavioural interventions that do not restrict freedom of choice – can improve the protection of weaker parties within Dutch contract law.

Tom’s main research interests are (European) consumer law, contract theory, legal theory, and the application of behavioural insights in private law. Within the Consumer ID project, he has been working on the project about contextualised consumer law. Next to his research, he teaches courses about the law of obligations in the bachelor and master programmes of Leiden Law School.