Jacobien Rutgers studied Law at the University of Groningen (1993) and obtained a PhD at the European University Institute (1997). After defending her thesis at the European University Institute (Florence) she practised law in Amsterdam for four years with Houthoff Buruma (1993-1997). At the moment she is associate professor at the Amsterdam Institute for Private Law (since 2007). She teaches in the fields of European Private Law, Private International Law and Property Law. She is also deputy judge at the Court of Justice of Amsterdam (since 2011).