Coordinator GOVTRUST Centre of Excellence at University of Antwerp.
Esther VAN ZIMMEREN is full professor IP law & Governance at the University of Antwerp.
Her research focuses on patent law, trademark law, copyright law, EU law, competition law, international trade law and governance issues. She combines theoretical research with some more empirical work and enjoys working in an interdisciplinary, international team.
She is a Permanent Visiting Professor at CeBIL University of Copenhagen (2018-present) and a Visiting Professor at Vilnius University (2017-present). She has been a visiting scholar at various universities and research institutes around the world: Berkeley Center for Law and Technology of the University of California (Berkeley) (2008); the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) (Tokyo) (2008); the Brocher Foundation (Geneva) (2011); Hanken School of Economics and Aalto University (Helsinki) (2012); Duke University (Durham) (2013) and Gakushuin University (Japan) (2013).
Before she started working at the University of Antwerp, Esther was a research fellow (PhD 2011 and post-doc) at the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (2004-2013) at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and Assistant Professor at the University of Liège. Between 2002-2004, she worked for two years as a legal assistant for Judge A.W.H. Meij at the General Court of the EU in Luxembourg in the area of European trademark and competition law.