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Gerrit Betlem


Professor Gerrit Betlem, a close friend and colleague to many of us and a leading scholar in European Private Law, passed away on 26th July 2010. There is an obituary on Southampton’s website.

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  • Andrew Dickinson September 25, 2010, 7:44 am

    It was impossible to speak to Gerrit without catching some of his enthusiasm for the subject under discussion. I will miss him.

  • Martin George September 27, 2010, 5:21 pm

    As will I; Gerrit was incredibly supportive when I first started this website back in 2006. He frequently sent links to items deep within the European Commission’s website (that I would never have found myself), and he was in all things kind and generous.

  • Yvonne Baatz September 29, 2010, 11:52 am

    I had the great good fortune to teach the commercial conflict of laws course at the Univeristy of Southampton with Gerrit. He was a wonderful and generous colleague with so many good ideas both as to the content and presentation of the course. I always enjoyed my discussions with him. He introduced me to this website. I have learnt a great deal from Gerrit and hope to carry forward his ideas in his half of the course which I have now inherited. He is much missed.