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Prof. Dr. Ianika N. Tzankova holds the first European chair in the field of Class Actions and Mass Claim Dispute Resolution, established in 2007. She currently serves as the Interim Academic Director of the Global Law Bachelor where she developed and teaches the course on Civil Procedure and Global Dispute Resolution. The course and the interactive methods used were featured in the program of the Ministry of Education of the Netherlands during a state visit to Canada in May 2015 and was awarded the Innovation Challenge award of the Dutch Ministry of Education in 2016. Prof. Tzankova also serves as Academic Director of the university's Honours Outreach Program and led the re-design of the program. 

Prof. Tzankova was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in 2012, where she co-taught a course on transnational litigation and has been a Visiting Professor at Paris Dauphine University since 2017. She has authored numerous articles on civil procedure, mass claims and collective redress and is the co-editor with Deborah Hensler and Christopher Hodges of CLASS ACTIONS IN CONTEXT (Elgar, 2016). 

Prof. Tzankova complements her academic research and teaching with an active practice focusing on transnational litigation, litigation project management and alternative dispute resolution. She was a member of the Working Group of the European Law Institute that drafted the Statement on Private Enforcement of Competition Damages Claims and Collective Redress, and is currently a member of a working group of the ALI/UNIDROIT project on Transnational Civil Procedure. 

Current courses

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External positions

Board member (Stichting Massaschade en Consument)

1 Oct 2021 → …

Consulting/litigating in court (Birkway BV)

1 Feb 2021 → …

Advisory board Vici team costs and funding (European Legal Council/Erasmus Universiteit)

25 Jan 2021 → …

Member of editorial board (Mass Claims International Journall )

1 Jul 2020 → …

Advisory/consultancy (Tzankova Legal Consulting BV)

15 Jan 2013 → …


  • Procedural Law
  • Liability Law
  • Private Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Law Of Civil Procedure


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