Co-founder and Senior Partner, Kennedy Van der Laan
Alfred is an attorney and arbitrator in the field of intellectual property and information technology. His practice is focused on copyright, entertainment and commercial law, including art law matters with respect to licenses, exhibitions, authentication and provenance for museums and private owners. He is a founding member of the Netherlands Association for Computer Lawyers (1995) and had been a researcher and lecturer at the Vrije University of Amsterdam (1985-1992; 2011-2013) in the field of copyright, software and technology. He is also an officer of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the International Bar Association, and had been a member of the supervisory board of Droog Design, which promoted conceptual Dutch design, from 2008 until 2018.
Alfred has been admitted to the Netherlands Bar in 1990 and his practice has included arbitration since 1992, first as counsel in arbitrations and as arbitrator since the early 2000’s. He has served as arbitrator in a wide range of intellectual property, licensing and commercial disputes at both the domestic and international level. Alfred has been listed arbitrator with SGOA-ITDR, the Dutch-Swiss arbitration institute for IT, privacy and data disputes, since 2002, and with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center since 2004. He is also a panelist for domain name disputes with WIPO and the Czech Court of Arbitration.
Alfred has been serving as an arbitrator, both solely and in a three member panels, in commercial disputes dozens of times, and acted as panelist in more than a hundred online domain name disputes. He was appointed to the original Arbitration pool of CAfA in January 2020.
Alfred received his law degree from the Vrije University of Amsterdam in 1985.