Bernt Hugenholtz

Of Counsel

Bernt Hugenholtz (Of Counsel) specialises in copyright, neighbouring rights and information law. He is Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Amsterdam and former Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR).


Bernt has acted as a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the OECD, the EU Presidency, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Dutch government and several other national government bodies. He is one of the founders of the Wittem group that drafted the European Copyright Code, as well as co-founder of the European Copyright Society.

Experience & ancillary activities

Together with Prof. Paul Goldstein (Stanford University), Bernt is co-author of International Copyright. Principles, Law and Practice (4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2019), and, with Prof Thomas Dreier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), also co-author of Concise European Copyright Law (2nd ed., Kluwer Law International, 2016).

Bernt Hugenholtz was a lawyer in Amsterdam from 1990 to 1998 and is now a substitute judge at the Courts of Appeal of The Hague and Arnhem-Leeuwarden.