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).