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IViR – University of Amsterdam

The Institute for Information Law (IViR), officially established in 1989, is one of the largest research centers in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs around 40 researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, patents, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, et cetera.

The Institute engages in cutting-edge research into fundamental and topical aspects of information law, and provides a forum for critical debate about the social, cultural and political aspects of regulating information markets. The Institute’s international orientation is reflected in its international staff as well as various international co-operations and partnerships. Adding to the international atmosphere of the Institute, visiting scholars from all over the world regularly spend time at the Institute. The Institute for Information Law is affiliated with the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam.



Joost Poort

is associate professor and co-director of the Institute for Information Law. He works as an economist on various economic and multidisciplinary research projects in the field of copyright, telecommunications and media. Examples include studies on online piracy and enforcement measures against it, the financing of European films and the extension or renewal of licences for telecommunications and commercial radio. He graduated cum laude as a physicist at Utrecht University in 1996. A year later, he graduated in the Philosophy of Science. During his studies Joost spent a year in Ireland at University College Cork. After his studies, Joost started in 1998 as an economic researcher at Nyenrode Forum for Economic Research (NYFER). From 2003 he worked at SEO Economic Research as senior researcher and since 2008 as head of the Competition and Regulation cluster. Over the years, his research has increasingly focused on the economic aspects of copyright, telecommunications and media. Since mid-2015, Joost has been an Honorary Economics Fellow at CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, at the University of Glasgow.


Mireille van Eechoud

is  professor of Information Law at  IViR, and director of the Amsterdam Graduate School of Law., University of Amsterdam. A key field of her expertise is international and European intellectual property law, especially copyright, related rights and database protection. Cross-border aspects of intellectual property law, including conflicts of laws, are central in her research. Another key research theme in Van Eechoud’s current work is the emergent regulatory framework for open data, open science and reuse of public sector data.


Daniel J. Gervais

is professor of Information Law, in particular trade and investment related aspects of the information society. Professor Gervais is the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program. In 2018 and 2019. He is the current President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). Prior to joining Vanderbilt, he was the Acting Dean and University Research Chair at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa (Common Law Section).  Before he joined the Academy, Prof. Gervais was successively Legal Officer at the GATT (now WTO); Head of Section at WIPO; and Vice-President (International) of Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC). In 2012, he became the first law professor in North America elected to the Academy of Europe. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.


João Pedro Quintais

is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on information law matters, including intellectual property and the application of copyright in the online environment, intermediary liability, content moderation, and the regulation of new technologies. He is a member of the Blockchain & Society Policy Research Lab, as well as the Information, Communication & the Data Society (ICDS) initiative. He is Managing Editor of the Kluwer Copyright Blog.


Stef van Gompel

is associate professor at the Institute for Information Law and co-director of the Glushko & Samuelson Information Law and Policy Lab. On 16 March 2011 he received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam for his thesis entitled Formalities in Copyright Law: An Analysis of their History, Rationales and Possible Future (Kluwer Law International 2011). He studied law at the University of Amsterdam (2005, cum laude) and Music Management at the Fontys Business College of Higher Education in Tilburg (1999). He is specialized in intellectual property law and, in particular, in national and international copyright law. He has written various articles and book chapters on this topic. He is secretary of the Dutch Copyright Committee that advises the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands on copyright-related matters. He is national editor for the Netherlands in the Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) project, edited by Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge) and Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow). Between 2015 and 2018, Stef worked on the project ‘The challenges of evidence-based intellectual property law reform: Legal pragmatism meets doctrinal legal reasoning’, for which he received a prestigious VENI award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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