Student researchers

  • Sarah Chen

    Sarah Chen is a Master's Candidate in Information Law at the University of Amsterdam. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Laws at Leiden University, she participated in an exchange program at the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied LLM courses in Intellectual Property. She has also attended the WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property in Shanghai and has further developed her knowledge in IP law during her internship at a law firm in Amsterdam. Sarah is passionate about addressing critical issues in privacy, data protection, and intellectual property in the digital age. Sarah can be reached via    

  • Sam Kloosterboer

    Sam Kloosterboer is currently working on his Master of Information Law at the UvA. During his bachelor studies he developed a strong interest in privacy and intellectual property. He wrote his bachelor thesis on privacy aspects of the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act (WIV 2017). Before starting his master’s Sam studied abroad at the University of Virginia and was an intern in the litigation department of an international law firm. Sam can be reached via

  • Stefan van Kolfschooten

    Stefan van Kolfschooten started the master’s programme in Information Law at the University of Amsterdam in September 2019. His interests lie in the field of intellectual property, AI and the liability of internet intermediaries. In addition to his studies, Stefan worked as student-assistant for the UvA RPA Human(e) AI. Stefan is currently writing a comparative law thesis on the differences in filtering obligations by internet intermediaries between Europe and America in regard to sex trafficking. Stefan can be reached via

  • Melinda Rucz

    Melinda started the Information Law Research Master programme at the University of Amsterdam in 2019. She obtained her bachelor diploma with a cum laude distinction from the University of Amsterdam, following the interdisciplinary Honours programme of Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics where she majored in law. Melinda has a broad interest in the socio-legal implications of digital transformation, with a particular focus on data protection, platform regulation and internet governance. Next to her studies, she has volunteered at various human rights NGOs. Melinda can be reached via

  • Luna Schumacher

    Luna Schumacher studied both Art History and Law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. While obtaining these Bachelor Degrees, she developed a passion for both fields. After a semester at the Università di Bologna and graduating from the Law Honoursprogramme, she decided to start the master’s programme in Information Law in September 2019. She has always wanted to combine cultural aspects and law in her work and studies, and is currently writing her thesis on the panoramic freedom in relation to art in public spaces. Luna can be reached at

  • Sarah Stapel

    Sarah Stapel started the Research Master in Information Law in 2019. She completed a liberal arts degree at Amsterdam University College, the Bachelor of Law at the University of Amsterdam, and an exchange programme at the University of Melbourne. For her Bachelor thesis, Sarah discussed to what extent EU data protection law can learn from EU environmental policy, given structural similarities of their respective regulatory challenges and remedies. She is particularly interested in privacy, platform regulation, freedom of expression, and the socio-political dimensions inherent in these areas of law. Sarah can be reached via

  • Daniël Soons

    Daniël Soons started the Master’s programme in Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in September 2019. After obtaining his Bachelors of Law degree and following the Dutch Corporate Law Master's track at Maastricht University, Daniël decided he wanted to obtain another Master's degree in a different field of law, resulting in the decision to apply for the Master Information Law at the UvA. His interests lie in the field of Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Media Law. Currently, Daniël is a Law Assistant at the Intellectual Property department of a big law firm. Daniël can be reached at


  • Ot van Daalen

    Ot van Daalen is the Managing Director of the Lab. Ot is a researcher and lecturer in the field of privacy and security. He is also the founder of a law firm specialised in privacy and security, Root Legal. He is working on a PhD thesis on the human rights-compatibility of the regulation of information security technologies. Previously, he worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority and founded the Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom. There he was closely involved in the creation of legislation in the field of privacy and internet freedom. Before launching Bits of Freedom, Ot worked for years at law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Ot studied at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University in New York. He is an experienced speaker and is regularly asked an expert in the media. He can be reached at

  • Stef van Gompel

    Stef van Gompel is the Executive Director of the ILP Lab. Stef is senior researcher at IViR and lecturer in intellectual property law in the LL.M. program on Information Law. He holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, where he also finished law school cum laude, and a degree in Music Management from the Fontys Business College of Higher Education in Tilburg. Stef is secretary of the Dutch Copyright Committee (advisory committee to the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands), board member of the Dutch national group of AIPPI, board member of Stichting Reprorecht, deputy chairman of the Permanent Committee on Plagiarism (VCP), chairman of the Study group on the history of copyright of the Vereniging voor Auteursrecht and member of the editorial board of the Dutch copyright journal AMI. He can be reached at

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council of the Lab regularly provides advice to the office on its strategy. It consists of: