Former staff
Lennert Steijger

Curriculum Vitae
Lennert Steijger studied International and European Law at Tilburg University (2004) and Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (2006, cum laude). In Tilburg, he wrote his final paper on the consistency of EU biotech food labelling legislation with international trade law. His UvA dissertation concerned the EU's competence as regards harmonisation and unification of copyright.

Lennert has participated in a number of IViR's research projects in the field of copyright. He was a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute; his thesis involved a legal assessment of misleading and confusing commercial information under advertising and trademark law. 

L. Guibault, G. Westkamp, T. Rieber-Mohn, P.B. Hugenholtz, et al.), Study on the Implementation and Effect in Member States' laws of Directive 2001/29/EC on the Harmonisation of Certain Aspects of Copyright and Related Rights in the Information Society, report to the European Commission, DG Internal Market, February 2007.

This study, commissioned by the European Commission, examines the application of Directive 2001/29/EC in the light of the development of the digital market. Its purpose is to consider how Member States have implemented the Directive into national law and to assist the Commission in evaluating whether the Directive, as currently formulated, remains the appropriate response to the continuing challenges faced by the stakeholders concerned, such as rights holders, commercial users, consumers, educational and scientific users. As set out in specifications of the study set out by the Commission, its aim is "to assess the role that the Directive has played in fostering the digital market for goods and services in the four years since its adoption". The impact of the Directive on the development of digital (chiefly online) business models, therefore, will be the focal point of our enquiry throughout this study.


P.B. Hugenholtz, M.M.M. van Eechoud, S.J. van Gompel, et al. The Recasting of Copyright & Related Rights for the Knowledge Economy, report to the European Commission, DG Internal Market, November 2006, 308 p.
See also the executive summary.

Study carried out by the Institute for Information Law for the European Commission (DG Internal Market). Chapters 1 and 2 describe and examine the existing 'acquis communautaire' in the field of copyright and related (neighbouring) rights, with special focus on inconsistencies and unclarities. Chapters 3-6 deal with distinct issues that were identified a priori by the European Commission as meriting special attention: possible extension of the term of protection of phonograms (Chapter 3), possible alignment of the term of protection of co-written musical works (Chapter 4), the problems connected to multiple copyright ownership, including the issue of 'orphan works' (Chapter 5), and copyright awareness among consumers (Chapter 6). Chapter 7 provides an overall assessment of the benefits and drawbacks of the fifteen years of harmonisation of copyright and related rights in the EU and dwells on regulatory alternatives.