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 over 25 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’s mission is to further the development of information
law into a balanced framework that accommodates the needs and interests of
the information society. 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.