About me

Martin Husovec is a Slovak-born lawyer & academic with passion for law and freedom; Since 2010, Martin acts as a pro-bono Impact Litigation Counsel for a think-tank European Information Society Institute (EISi); In 2012, Martin joined IMPRS-CI as a Doctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition; Recently, Martin joined also Stanford Centre for Internet and Society as an Affiliated Researcher.

Martin's scholarship often appears in Journals like Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law (JIPITEC), Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (JIPLP) and The International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC). From time to time he acts as an ad hoc peer reviewer for JIPLP, Revue pro právo a technologie, Masaryk Journal for Law and Technology (MUJTL) or various conference submissions.

Martin's core research explores various interfaces of technology with Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Unfair Competition law, Rights Enforcement, Human rights and Private International Law.

Martin previously took a role of a legal expert for several projects or reports, such as
In the civil society, Martin took part in several impact litigation before Slovak and Czech courts, and European Court of Human Rights, such as
  • Intermediary Liability [European Court of Human Rights]
  • Data Retention [Slovak Constitutional Court]
  • Net Neutrality [District Court in Bratislava]
  • Open Standards [Slovak Supreme Court]
  • IP as limit to public access to information [Regional Court Bratislava]
  • Surprising clauses in online contracts [Regional Court Presov]
  • Domain name transfers as remedy [Czech Constitutional Court]
  • etc.

You can contact Martin either via email martin [at] husovec [dot] eu (preferred option) or via my Twitter or Linkedin; Critique, comments, any interesting suggestions for research co-operation, public speaking, lecturing or other kinds of collaboration are always welcome.

In 2013, Huťko´s Technology Law Blog was listed by Barry Sookman among "the most popular intellectual property and technology law blogs", which was of course a great honor for me. Nevertheless, I am still running this blog as a hobby activity and use it as sort of a small research place [since 2008]. All the opinions presented on this blog are of course solely mine and do not represent views of organizations I am affiliated with.

My work is probably best delineated by these two quotes of Lawrence Lessig:
  • “Before the monopoly should be permitted, there must be reason to believe it will do some good - for society, and not just for monopoly holders."
  • “A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom.”