He finished his doctorate under Johannes Houwing in April 1903.
Eduard married Tonij Gottschalk on August 12, 1909. The couple would get four daughters. In 1897 Meijers entered the University of Amsterdam to study law.
After his studies he ran a law practice in Amsterdam.
In 1910 he accepted a chair in private law and private international law at Leiden University. He was particularly interested in legal history and his publications were of great influence on the development of this field in the Netherlands.
He became internationally recognized and received honorary degrees from the universities of Aberdeen, Brussels, Glasgow, Leuven, Lille and Paris. From 1918 to 1922 Meijers was dean of the law faculty in Leiden.
In 1926 and 1927 he was rector of the university.
Second World War
The firing of Meijers and other Jewish scientists in 1940 by the German occupiers led Meijers" former graduate student Rudolph Cleveringa to give a widely acclaimed and consequential protest address on November 26, 1940. In September 1944 he was transported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Bohemia. He survived the camps and returned to Leiden on June 25, 1945.
A new Dutch civil code
On April 25, 1947, Meijers was asked by Royal Order to design a new civil code for the Netherlands (the Burgerlijk Wetboek) to replace the current code, which had been in place since 1838.
In 1954, Meijers handed over the design for the first four books, accompanied with an extensive explanation. After Meijers" death that same year, his work was continued by January Drion, Jannes Eggens, Frits de Jong and Geert de Grooth.
The first book of the new civil code was codified in 1970, the second in 1976. The last four of the seven books were codified only in 1992, 45 years after Meijers had started the work.
In 1945 he was readmitted as member.
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.