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Q&A With Madeleine de Cock Buning

President of the Dutch Media Authority

Q&A With Madeleine de Cock Buning

Q: What is your background?

A: I was a hard working attorney here in the Netherlands at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, specialising in copyright and media law, and I also became professor of the same subjects at Utrecht University. I represented Google, among other corporate clients, and won almost all the cases we took on. I had no desire to move.

 

Q: So how did you move to the regulatory side?

A: The funny story is that I was at a dinner party with friends and saying how pleased I was with combining corporate law and scholarship in copyright and media, but we saw that the Dutch Media Authority was looking for a new commissioner and I agreed that it is an important post – good functioning of the media is critical to the functioning of democracy. And then a few weeks later I got a call from a headhunter wanting to talk to me about this very job, which obviously I took. 

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