In Memoriam: Michiel de Rooij (1962 -2024)

Published 16 February 2024

@Hilko Visser - In Memoriam - Michiel de Rooij (1962 - 2024)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Michiel de Rooij. Michiel, born on 1 September 1962, passed away unexpectedly last week. He leaves behind his wife, Nadine, and two children.

Michiel joined the Asser Institute in November 1992 and quickly became a valued member of our community. His dedication to research and his expertise in private international law were instrumental in numerous projects and publications. Michiel was specialised in private international law, civil commercial law with a focus on transnational aspects, and in general maritime law and the law of transport.

Michiel played a vital role in data collection and editing for the T.M.C. Asser Press periodical "Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht" (Netherlands Private International Law), demonstrating his commitment to advancing legal scholarship. In 2022, Michiel edited the 14th edition of ‘Jurisprudentie Internationaal Privaatrecht 2022’, detailing the most important judgments from 1924 to 2022 in the field of Private International Law, aimed at students and legal practice.

T.M.C. Asser Press publisher Frank Bakker: "For many years Michiel selected, analysed and reported on case law in the field of private international law, forming the backbone of our journal Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht and of the documentation part of the online database NIPR Online. His deep knowledge of private international law and civil law, his commitment to his work and his wit and good humour will be greatly missed by his colleagues at Asser Press and by the members of the Editorial Board of NIPR." 

Acting academic director Christophe Paulussen: "Beyond his professional contributions, Michiel will be remembered for his warmth, kindness, and genuine connection with others. His daily walks to the coffee machine led to many  informal gatherings, where colleagues could engage in stimulating discussions on legal matters or simply enjoy his vibrant personality. Whether you had a complex legal question or a casual inquiry, Michiel was always willing to help, offering insightful answers that went above and beyond."

We all held deep respect and affection for Michiel. The entire Asser Institute team will miss him dearly.


Christophe Paulussen and Kasper Vrolijk, executive board of the Asser Institute