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2020-01-doc5 Finding your way to the Insolvency Law Collection


A few years after my retirement from the Leiden University in 2014, I donated the larger part of my books, reports and other data on international insolvency law to a Dutch legal foundation carrying my name (‘Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection’, BWILC). The statutory object of the foundation is to promote the interest and knowledge of international and comparative restructuring and insolvency law. For Dutch tax purposes it is acknowledged as a charitable organisation (ANBI).

Five law professors are in its board: prof. Matthias Haentjens and prof. Reinout Vriesendorp (acting as Chairman and secretary/treasury respectively, both of Leiden University), prof. Eric Dirix (Belgium), Dr Paul Omar (England) (succeeding prof. Ian F. Fletcher who sadly passed away in July 2018) and prof. Stephan Madaus (Germany). The foundation has acquired the larger part of my private collection of books and other media in the field of national and international insolvency law and aims to secure, maintain and expand this collection for the future, provide access to it for national and international students and researchers and organize other activities. One of these will be the second PhD BWILC-workshop on 5 and 6 March 2020 with around 15 participants from universities in 10 different countries, see

The foundation concluded an agreement regarding the custody and management of this, may I say, unique collection with Leiden University. The Law Library of the Leiden Law School now holds one of the largest collections on insolvency (bankruptcy) law in Europe. See Recently established signpostings (in English and Dutch) take you to the collection’s core. Enjoy!