Otto VolgenantLawyer - Partner

  • IT
  • Privacy
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT law, VU University Amsterdam

Otto Volgenant (1969) was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar in 1993. He graduated from VU University Amsterdam in 1993 and completed the post doc education IT law cum laude in 1997. Otto practiced law for 20 years at the Amsterdam law firm Kennedy Van der Laan, as of 2001 as a partner. Otto joined Boekx Advocaten as a partner in 2014.

Otto represents clients in the media and privacy sector, often in high-profile cases. As lead counsel, he won the landmark case Sanoma v. The Netherlands about protection of journalistic sources, at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Otto’s clients include publishers, broadcasters, journalists, privacy defenders, whistle blowers, Internet companies, advertising agencies and TV production companies.

Another landmark case was the invalidation of the Dutch Data retention Act, together with Fulco Blokhuis. Summary proceedings were initiated on behalf of a broad coalition of plaintiffs: privacy defenders, the federation of journalists, lawyers, telco’s and ISP’s. The District Court of The Hague awarded the claim, and the Dutch Data retention Act was invalidated with immediate effect.

In addition to his daily work as a lawyer, Otto is a board member of the Dutch Association for Media and Communications Law, the Commission for Journalistic Source Protection and the Commission researching Criminal Defamation. Otto is also active for Lawyers for Lawyers, a Dutch NGO that is committed to enable lawyers in any country of the world to practice law in freedom and independence


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