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Jan Oster

University Lecturer

Dr. J.S. Oster
+31 71 527 7951

Jan Oster is a university lecturer at the Institute for History.

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Jan Oster (Dr. iur., University of Mainz/Germany, 2009) is assistant professor (universitair docent) for EU Law and Institutions at the Department of History. He teaches minor/pre-master courses and graduate courses on EU Law, the Political Economy of the EU, Human Rights Protection in Europe, Justice and Home Affairs, and EU Institutions, in the European Union Studies programme. His research interests broadly lie in the area of information and communication law, European law, and infrastructure regulation. Jan has written, among other things, on media freedom as a fundamental right, on the influence of European law on the domestic protection of human rights, on EU private international law, and on the EU Regulation on credit rating agencies.

Curriculum vitae

Jan studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz/Germany, where he subsequently worked as a research and teaching assistant. After passing his second State Examination in law he obtained an LL.M. degree at the University of California Berkeley in 2007. In 2009 he finished his PhD thesis on network infrastructure regulation. Between 2009 and 2013, Jan worked as the DAAD Lecturer in Law at King’s College London The Dickson Poon School of Law, where he taught EU Law, Tort Law, Comparative and International Privacy and Defamation Law, and German Law. In 2018 he finished his post-PhD qualification (‘Habilitation’) in Germany with a monograph on communication torts. He gave speeches and presentations in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Selected publications

  • European and International Media Law: Cambridge University Press, 2017

  • Religiously Offensive Speech: A Doctrinal Inquiry, Review of International Law and Politics 12 (2016), 139 – 178

  • Media Freedom as a Fundamental Right: Cambridge University Press, 2015

  • Communication, defamation and liability of intermediaries, Legal Studies 35 (2015), 348 - 368

  • Public Policy and Human Rights, Journal of Private International Law 11 (2016), 542 - 567

  • Theory and Doctrine of ‘Media Freedom’ as a Legal Concept, Journal of Media Law 5 (2013), 57 – 78

  • Rethinking Shevill: Conceptualising the EU Private International Law of Internet Torts against Personality Rights, International Review of Law, Computers & Technology 26 (2012), 113 – 128

  • The Criticism of Trading Corporations and their Right to Sue for Defamation, Journal of European Tort Law 2 (2011), 255 – 279

  • ‘Who Rates the Raters?’ – The Regulation of Credit Rating Agencies in the EU, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 17 (2010), 353 – 376

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • History and International Studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 0.09e



  • Rechtsanwaltskammer (Bar for Attorneys) Koblenz Seminars for legal professionals
  • University of Luxembourg Lecture in media law
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