Martijn van Kogelenberg graduated in Russian Studies, specializing in Russian civil law. In 2004 he graduated in Dutch law, specializing in Dutch civil law. After his studies in Leiden, he entered the University of Oxford to follow a post-graduate Magister Juris degree. He was lawyer with Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn (2005-2006). In 2006 Martijn started working on his dissertation at the civil law department of the Erasmus Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition to his doctoral thesis, he published several articles, including an international publication. He has also been involved in teaching various civil law subjects to law students and in giving post-academic courses and lectures in contract law. In 2012 he defended his thesis and was promoted to doctor in law. He was university lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (2002-2005). At the moment he is assistant professor Private law at the University of Utrecht.