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In honour of the emeritate of Professor Bernt Hugenholtz, the Institute for Information Law (IViR) is organising a festive hybrid conference on 24 September. Leading speakers from the Netherlands and abroad will highlight Bernt Hugenholtz's exceptional contribution to the development of national and international copyright law and the broader field of information law and competition law. The theme Intellectual Property and Sports reflects two major interests of Bernt Hugenholtz.

Event details of International conference Intellectual Property and Sports
Date 24 September 2021
Time 08:30 -17:30
Hugenholtz Conference

Hugenholtz is one of the founders of the IViR (1989), was director for a long time and has played a crucial role in the development of information law. Under his inspiring leadership, the IViR has grown into what it is today: an important international research institute, with great social impact, a magnet for international researchers, and a place where multidisciplinary cooperation has flourished. 

In 1998, he was appointed professor. In his inaugural lecture Sleeping with the enemy, he advocated better protection for authors in their relationship with publishers and other operators. This has always been an important theme in his work. For instance, he played an important role in the draft of the copyright act and recently in the evaluation of this act. He is an authority not only on the national level, but also in the European and international arena as one of the leading voices in the field of copyright. He initiated many research projects funded by NWO, European framework programmes and civil society organisations. In his career, he has supervised many young researchers and PhD students, who then went on to have wonderful (international) scientific careers. Hugenholtz is editor in chief of the leading Information Law Series (Kluwer Law International), and was active in many editorial boards, committees and associations.