The Centre for IT & IP Law is a research center at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), with currently a staff of over 40 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property.
Researchers working at the Centre for IT and IP Law focus on the fundamental re-thinking of the current legal framework, necessitated by the rapid evolution of technology in various fields, such as government, media, health care, informatics, digital economy, banking, transport, culture, etc. Their research is characterized by an intra- and extra-juridical interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives.
The Centre for IT & IP Law evolved from a merger in July 2014 between the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) and the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR), which both had already existed independently for over two decades. After several years of collaboration, it became evident that the regulatory challenges of the new digital age could better be faced by joining forces. The full integration of the complementary expertise in ICT, media and intellectual property law enables The Centre for IT & IP Law to expand its mission and vision in its research and teaching activities for a more robust approach of the future.