Maurits Barendrecht (1956) grew up in The Hague, the city of peace and justice. After studying Physics and graduating from Leiden Law School, he practiced law at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, a leading Dutch law firm (1982-1997), where he became partner. Since 1992, he is professor of Private Law at Tilburg University. His publications focus on dispute systems (legal procedures, negotiation processes, ADR, informal dispute mechanisms). For him, the challenge is always to improve dispute systems so that they serve the interests of the people that rely on them in a better way.