Research programme

Research projects

Current and closed projects




Research projects

The Institute’s research projects cover a broad spectrum of issues that are reflected in the main themes of the Institute’s research program: general development of information law theory, freedom of expression and other communication freedoms, privacy, intellectual property, media law, telecommunications law, consumer information law. The Institute conducts research in national, European and international law, thereby benefitting from the international composition of its staff as well as from its international network. Many of IViR’s research projects involve co-operations with researchers and research institutes from other disciplines, reflecting information law’s immediate relevance to society, ICT and the information economy.

IViR is or has been involved in various large-scale interdisciplinary research projects funded by the European Commission (for example, The Recasting of Copyright & Related Rights for the Knowledge Economy) and the European Science Foundation (for example, the HERA project).

IViR also regularly conducts ad hoc studies and reports for a wide variety of national, international and European governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Audiovisual Observatory, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Dutch Ministries of Justice, of Economic Affairs, of Education, Culture and Science and of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Dutch National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications sector (OPTA), the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, the Open Society Initiative (OSI) and Creative Commons Netherlands. The Institute, moreover, regularly attracts funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (for example, the Audiovisual Consumer Law project).

As a rule, all research activities by IViR staff are directed towards publication of the results thereof in (international) peer-reviewed journals or similar publications. This rule applies to all forms of research carried out under the name of IViR, including commissioned studies (’derde geldstroom’). Prospective commissioners are informed that commissioned research is undertaken in complete academic independence, and that studies will eventually be published and converted into peer-reviewed publications. IViR does not engage in paid consultancy. IViR subscribes to the Declaration of Scientific Independence, as provided by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Overviews of the main research projects currently conducted by the Institute and of recently completed research can be found here.


Bijgewerkt 03.07.2012