Prof. Dr. Niek Peters

Niek Peters

Prof. Dr. Niek Peters
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Key areas of practice: Litigation

Professor Dr. Niek Peters is an expert in the field of cross-border litigation and (international) arbitration. He has been counsel in numerous arbitrations and court proceedings, governed by various procedural and substantive laws, relating to diverse legal issues (e.g. M&A, shareholder disputes, commercial contracts, investments, director’s liability and professional liability) and sectors (e.g. energy, construction, engineering and IT). In addition, he has acted as counsel in court proceedings relating to arbitration, including, but not limited to, proceedings regarding the enforcement and annulment of arbitral awards, and he has also regularly been engaged in connection with investment arbitrations. Moreover, Niek has sat as arbitrator in national and international arbitrations, both institutional and ad hoc, having acted as chair, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator.

Niek is professor of international commercial arbitration at the University of Groningen, at which university he has been teaching the course “international commercial disputes settlement law” since 2008. He obtained his PhD from this university in 2015. Subsequently, Niek published the book “The fundamentals of international commercial arbitration”. Niek regularly speaks at national and international conferences and publishes frequently in (international) journals.

Niek has a sharp eye for the commercial interests of his clients. He gets to the core of the dispute quickly, is keen on finding pragmatic solutions and has a good understanding of the financial aspects of a dispute. Before joining Cleber in 2015, he worked, among others, at a US firm in Amsterdam and a niche firm in Brussels specialised in international arbitration.



  • International law and Dutch law at Erasmus University Rotterdam (2004)
  • International law at the University of Copenhagen (2002)




Dutch and English


  • Vereniging Corporate Litigation
  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Procesrecht (NVvP)
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Internationaal Recht (KNVIR)
  • International Law Association (ILA)
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