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Department Information Law

The Institute for Information Law (IViR) conducts national and international research in the field of information law. In addition, the IViR staff provides various forms of education, including in the 1-year Master's programme Information Law (a Dutch programme) and in post-academic Summer Courses.

Information law integrates the law of the production, marketing, distribution and use of information. The purpose of information law is to understand how regulation and market forces affect communication networks, information markets and infrastructures and the information society as a whole, in order to provide solutions that contribute to a fair and well-functioning information society

Information law is a normative concept, in which convergence processes between different media and sectors, and their implications for law and policy, are studied from a technologically neutral framework. 

The mission of the IViR is to develop and deepen information law within this legal framework, reconciling the needs and interests of the information society, its citizens and industries in a fair and balanced way, with respect for fundamental rights and democratic freedoms.
Information law is in a multidisciplinary field, which brings together a multitude of legal areas: intellectual property, media law, telecommunications law, freedom of expression and information and privacy. The institute has a strong presence in European and international scientific networks and is regularly involved in national and international research. This involves collaboration with disciplines such as economics, communication studies, media studies, economics and digital humanities.

Read more about IViR's research and current projects