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Jens van den Brink

Attorney, Partner

Jens van den Brink started his career as an attorney in 2000, after having studied law at the University of Amsterdam, King’s College London and Columbia University in New York, and having studied French in Nice.

Jens is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Media department, where he heads the media group. He specializes in media litigation. His main areas of expertise are free speech (defamation and privacy), copyright law, internet law, image rights, advertising law, games of chance and media law.

Recently, for instance, Jens has defended broadcaster PowNed in a case in which a director of Buma/Stemra was accused of corruption and film production company IDTV in two injunction proceedings that were brought against the movie ‘the Heineken Kidnapping’ by the kidnappers of beer-tycoon Alfred Heineken. He acted for artist Nadia Plesner against Louis Vuitton in a case concerning the freedom to incorporate symbols into art, for Dutch broadcaster Vara’s TV guide in a satire case and for a municipal councilor who exposed a corruption affair in the city of Delft and was sued for defamation. He also recently represented media such as Dutch national newspapers de Volkskrant, Het Parool and Spits!, broadcasters KRO, MTV and PowNed, Dutch blog GeenStijl and magazines such as Elsevier and HP De Tijd.

Jens regularly teaches courses on media law, press law, internet law and intellectual property law. He is a guest lecturer at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Post academic Newspaper Journalism course), the University of Groningen (Master Journalism), VU University Amsterdam (Post academic Internet Law course), the School for Journalism (Utrecht) and the Media Academy (Hilversum).

Jens is co-author of the International Libel & Privacy Handbook (Bloomberg, 2009), the Press Law Chronicle 2006-2009 (Mediaforum, 2009-10),the Press Law Chronicle 2009-2011 (Mediaforum, 2011-5), and editor-in-chief of the media law blog Media Report.

Jens is a member of the Complaint Committee of the Dutch Institute for Classification of Audiovisual Media (NICAM).

Twitter: @JensvandenBrink

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Practice areas

  • Intellectual property
  • Media law
  • Free Speech
  • Advertising law


  • IP law and International Law, University of Amsterdam, 1998
  • LL.M. with merits, King’s College London, UK, 1999 (Chevening Scholar, Stibbe Steppingstone Scholar)
  • International Relations, University of Amsterdam, 1994 – 1997
  • Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY, USA, 1995-96
  • French language, Université de Nice, France, 1992-93


  • Media Academy, Hilversum, intellectual property law
  • School for Journalism, Utrecht, lecturer in press law
  • Lecturer in Internet Law (IP law; post academic education) at the VU University, Amsterdam
  • Various post-graduate courses on IP, advertising, press and internet law

Professional Associations

  • Dutch Copyright law association
  • MLRC (Media Law Resource Centre)
  • Benelux Association for trade mark and design rights
  • Dutch Association for media and communication law
  • IPAN (Interactive Professionals Association Netherlands)
  • NICAM (Complaint Committee of the Dutch Institute for Classification of Audiovisual Media)

Recommended in:

Legal 500 EMEA 2014
“Kennedy Van der Laan has ‘relevant industry knowledge and a down-to-earth approach’. The practice recently defended broadcasting company KRO in defamation proceedings brought by Ryanair. Other clients include De Persgroep Publishing, Telegraaf Media Group and MTV. Practice head Jens van den Brink is ‘a very good strategic lawyer’.”

Chambers Europe 2013
“Jens van den Brink is “increasingly making a name for himself” in media and defamation law, according to market commentators.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 – Media and Entertainment
“Kennedy Van der Laan’s media and entertainment team has ‘ excellent knowledge and a proactive attitude’, and is well known for its experience in defamation and privacy law. Jens Van den Brink acted for Telegraaf Media Groep in the high-profile copyright case against various TV broadcasters and also represented the production company IDTV in proceedings brought by the real-life kidnappers regarding The Heineken Kidnapping movie. Christien Wildeman is also recommended.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2012
“Jens van den Brink is ‘an outstanding lawyer in the field of media law and defamation; very experienced and up to date’. The team successfully represented artist Nadia Plesner in proceedings brought by Louis Vuitton.”

Chambers Europe 2012
“Jens van den Brink earns much praise for his work on defamation and privacy matters. Clients pick out his up-to-date knowledge of new and social media as a particular strength.”

European Court of Human Rights Emphasizes Importance of Satire and Citizen Participation in Public Debate

27 march 2013 

What is the Size of a Permissible Quote?

29 october 2012 

Pretium vs TROS - Interesting Judgment for Consumer Programs and Investigative Journalists

24 july 2012 

European Court of Human Rights Has Rendered Von Hannover II judgment – More Freedom for Entertainment Press

28 february 2012 

European Court of Justice Confirms in Martinez/MGN the Right to Forum Shop in Proceedings on Internet Publication

06 december 2011 

RVD Extends Media Code: Linking to Private Photographs of Members of Royal Family Is Unlawful

28 october 2011 

Max Mosley loses case before the ECHR – no pre-notification right for privacy victims

27 may 2011 

European Court of Justice: Spanish Newspaper Allowed to Link Moroccan Royal Family to Drugs Trafficking

24 february 2011 

Court of Amsterdam: Parool Was Allowed to Depict Suspect Rex Van P. Recognizably

27 january 2011 

Princess Caroline Takes Another Privacy Case to the ECHR

28 october 2010 

European Court of Human Rights - Sanoma Wins Autoweek Reporter's Privilege Case versus the Netherlands

30 september 2010 

Tapes Monitored De Telegraaf Journalist Are Infringing the Journalistic Right of Non-Disclosure - Acquittal of 'Leaking' AIVD Official

30 august 2010 

European Court: Conviction of Gossip Magazine for Publication of Portrait of a Suspect in Violation of the Freedom of Speech

16 july 2010 

Court: Order to Remove Unlawful Publication from the Internet Includes Asking Search Engines to Empty their Cache

16 july 2010 

European Court of Human Rights: Conviction Le Pen for Hate Speech was Justified - Dark Clouds Gathering over Wilders?

25 june 2010 

MyP2P - Embedding Infringes Copyright

26 february 2010 

State Secretary Forced to Rectify Remark in De Wereld Draait Door

26 january 2010 

Kennedy Van der Laan is very pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners

08 january 2010 

Press Law: Dutch Supreme Court Sets New Standards

29 february 2008 

Possibility to Impose an Order in IP-Cases Without Summoning the Defendant

01 july 2007 

International Libel and Privacy Handbook

09 february 2006