Annetje Ottow has been professor of public economic law at the Europa Instituut of Utrecht University (Netherlands) since August 2007 and associated member of the board of OPTA, the Dutch independent post and telecommunications authority, since April 2006. In 2009, she was appointed as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network (ICN).
Ottow has not followed the traditional academic path. She obtained her masters degree in law from Leiden University in 1988 (cum laude) and was awarded an LLM from Queen Mary College in London in 1990. After completing her formal education she followed an internship at the European Commission (DG IV, Competition). She was admitted to the Dutch bar in 1990 and practised law with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in The Hague, Rotterdam and Brussels. In 1995, Ottow joined Houthoff Buruma (Amsterdam), where she was partner of the Regulatory & Competition division.
In 2001 she joined the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam as a senior researcher and lecturer. She wrote her thesis on the supervision on the telecommunications market, focusing on the European and public law aspects of market supervision. In June 2006 she received her doctorate at the University of Amsterdam.
In her research she focus on the fields of market regulation and regulators, competition and European law. Her current work relates to independent regulators, with special focus on the supervisory and enforcement instruments used, within the context of Dutch administrative and European law.