C.P.L. van Woensel, LLM, PhD

Position:
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
Expertise:
  • Private Law (principally intellectual property rights and the public interest)


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1568
E-Mail: c.p.l.van.woensel@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Privaatrecht, Civiel recht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number C 2.01
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1568
E-Mail: c.p.l.van.woensel@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Privaatrecht, Ondernemingsrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number C 2.01


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Caspar van Woensel is university lecturer in private law and intellectual property law. His PhD thesis (2007) is about commercial use and monopolization of names and images of high symbolic value. At the junction of private law, freedom of (commercial) expression and trademark law, the book deals with cases in the Netherlands and Germany about the commercial use and use as a trademark of cultural and religious symbols and what protection people can derive from private law. Later Caspar wrote articles on trademark claims with regard to Anne Frank, the Red Cross organization as the monopolist for the sign of the Red Cross, and what the arrival of 3D printing technology will mean for the way we think about exclusive rights.

Caspar did a part of his research in München at the Max Planck Institute. Following his PhD he started a private practice. He advised start-up companies and joined an international group researching access to medicine, for which he worked in South Africa for a while (University of Cape Town). Also, in the Netherlands, he was involved in recommendations on the return of looted works of art in connection with the Second World War, at the Restitutions Committee in The Hague. But teaching remained an interest.

In 2012 Caspar van Woensel returned to Leiden, where he became an initiator of the bachelor course Corporate Social Responsibility for future international business lawyers. To this was soon added the new advanced master course Legal profession and ethics, which deals with integrity and dilemmas in international legal practice. He is also among the initiators of a joint course book on Corporate Social Responsibility, written with colleagues and lawyers from practice. Caspar is part of the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) of the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam. Innovation in developing markets is a subject that Caspar includes in the master course Privatissimum Intellectual property law.

Recent key publication

Peter Troxler & Caspar van Woensel, ‘How will society adopt 3D printing?’ (Chapter 11), in: 3D Printing: Legal, philosophical and economic dimensions, Bibi van den Berg, Eleni Kosta en Simone van der Hof (eds.), Den Haag: T.M.C. Asser 2015.

 
Last Modified: 07-06-2016