Lotte Meurkens was born on 30 August 1982 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. She attended grammar school at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Breda, the Netherlands. In September 2001, she started studying law at Utrecht University, where she joined the editorial board of the faculty journal “Juncto” and passed her propaedeutic exam in July 2002. While continuing her studies at Maastricht University (September 2002 – July 2008), she was an intern at a first instance court and a law firm, and obtained master of laws degrees in European law and Dutch private law. After graduation until September 2012, Lotte worked as a junior researcher at the private law department of Maastricht University. Besides writing her dissertation under supervision of professor Hartlief and professor Van Maanen, she taught courses in Dutch and European private law, was a member of the Ius Commune Research School. From January 2009 until August 2011, she was editorial secretary of the “Dutch Journal of Civil Law” (“Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Burgerlijk Recht”). In 2009 and 2011, she was a visiting researcher at three law schools in the United States (University of South Carolina, Duke University North Carolina, and Yeshiva University New York). Since September 2013, Lotte has worked as a private law teacher and researcher at Maastricht University.