The academic staff of the LIPIT LLM Program includes not only renowned professors but also experienced practitioners active in the areas or IP and IT law. Such a mixture guarantees that students can benefit from various perspectives and gain both profound theoretical understanding of the law and valuable insights into the intricacies and challenges of its practical application. A number of courses are taught by professors or practitioners from other countries, which ensures that students become acquainted with viewpoints and approaches developed in different legal systems. Lecturers in alphabetical order
The list below is not exhaustive and may change from year to year. Nevertheless, it provides a good idea about the mixture of professors and practitioners teaching at the LIPIT LLM Program.
Prof. Dr. Zsolt György Balogh
Zsolt György Balogh is an associate professor at the Department for Information and Communications Technology of Faculty of Business Administration of the Corvinus University of Budapest. Served as a scientific advisor of Parliamentary Commissioner of Data Protection and Freedom of Information (1995-2001) and as a senior ICT-law advisor of the Chief Justice of the Curia of Hungary (2014-2015).
Dr. Balogh received his degrees as a lawyer and programmer mathematician at the Faculty of Law of University of Pécs and at the Faculty of Science of University of Szeged. He is a university lecturer since 1988. He also obtained experiences in information rights from 1995 to 2001 as advisor of the parliamentary commissioner for data protection and freedom of information. Dr. Balogh conducts the PhD program for ICT-Law of the Corvinus University and at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He has been established the interdisciplinary Research Center for Information and Communications Technology Law. http://ikjk.hu
Dr. Balogh is a member of several international organizations, as the British and Irish Legal Education Technology Association (BILETA), International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law (IAAIL) and the European Academy of Law and ICT. https://ictlaw.weebly.com
Dr. Tobias Born
Dr. Tobias Born is an IT and data protection lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Frankfurt, Germany. He re-joined Baker McKenzie Frankfurt as a senior associate in February 2020. Before he was Senior Privacy Counsel – Head of Data Protection for the EMEA region for eBay.Prior to joining eBay in October 2018, he already worked as an associate in the Information Technology practice group of Baker&McKenzie.
During his legal clerkship he practiced at the Data Protection Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia and at international law firms in Dusseldorf and Cologne, where he worked in the field of IT and data protection law. He studied law at the Universities of Bielefeld, La Trobe in Melbourne and Muenster where he also received his doctoral degree for a thesis on data protection authorities.
Tobias Born advises domestic and international companies on all aspects of information technology law, IT outsourcing, data protection law as well as on e-commerce related matters. His practice, in particular, covers advice of companies on issues concerning domestic and cross-border data protection matters. He also advises on information technology and data protection law related questions in connection with transactions.
Tobias Born is the author of numerous essays and articles on data protection law.
- Legal bases for processing of personal data, consent as basis for data processing;
- International data transfers;
- Data protection officers and data protection authorities and their powers;
- Right to compensation and liability, administrative fines and criminal sanctions;
- Job prospects and opportunities for data protection lawyers.
Dr. Mira Burri
Dr. Mira Burri is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. She teaches international intellectual property, media, internet and trade law. Mira’s current research interests are in the areas of digital trade, culture, copyright, data protection and internet governance. Mira is the principle investigator of the project ‘The Governance of Big Data in Trade Agreements’, sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She consults the European Parliament, UNESCO, the WEF and others on issues of digital innovation and cultural diversity.
Mira has co-edited the publications Trade Governance in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press 2012) and Big Data and Global Trade Law (Cambridge University Press 2020). She is the author of Public Service Broadcasting 3.0 (Routledge 2015).
Nicolas M. Dumont, LL.M.
Partner at GvW Graf von Westphalen with extensive experience in Intellectual Property and Life Sciences law. Focus on cross-border patent and trademark infringement litigation. Corresponding client advice on enforcement and defense strategies, especially for US and Asian multinationals. Regular pro bono work to contribute professional know-how to non- governmental organizations. Significant insights into US intellectual property system through visiting scholarship at the George Washington University Law School and secondment in the legal department of global pharmaceutical company Allergan.
Transnational Enforcement of IP and IT Law
Week 1 (1) Registration of rights, i.e. patents, utility models, know-how and trade secrets, trademarks, designs and copyrights. (2) Enforcement of rights, i.e. authorization requests, take down notices, warning letters, cease and desist declarations, protective briefs, preliminary injunctions and main actions. (3) Alternate enforcement means, e.g. mediation and arbitration, boarder seizure measures, enforcement under criminal law.
Week 2 (1) Selected further topics, e.g. German unfair competition law, patent and trademark opposition proceedings, unitary patent package, standard essential patents and supplementary protection certificates. (2) Case studies.
Dr. Jan Ellermann
Jan Ellermann works as a Senior Specialist in Europol's Data Protection Function and provides operational data protection related guidance across the organisation. This includes advising the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) as well as the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in the continuous development of new and innovative initiatives.
Jan joined Europol in late 2007 after starting his professional career as a research assistant and lawyer in Germany, later serving his country as a Public Prosecutor. He holds a doctoral degree in law connected to Europol and the FBI which he obtained at Göttingen University, Germany, and a Master in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation from the University College in Dublin (UCD), Ireland.
Jan has published various articles on data protection and information security related topics and is regularly invited to share his professional experience at national and international levels. Jan is passionate about data protection and is one of the initiators of the Europol Data Protection Experts Network (EDEN), i.e. an online collaboration platform which has been developed with the aim to involve stakeholders from various backgrounds in order to increase both, freedom and security. EDEN includes law enforcement as well as representatives of relevant private parties, academia, NGOs etc. It can be used as a channel to present projects, best practises and events linked to data protection in a law enforcement context.
Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster
Prof. Dr. Gloria González Fuster is a Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)’s Faculty of Law and Criminology. Co-Director of the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group, and member of the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH), she investigates legal issues related to privacy, personal data protection and security, and teaches ‘Data Policies in the European Union’ at the Data Law option of the Master of Laws in International and European Law (PILC) of VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES). She is currently contributing to the research project o contributing to the research project Articulating Law, Technology, Ethics and Politics: Issues of Enforcement and Jurisdiction of EU Data Protection Law under and beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (ALTEP-DP).
- Evolution of privacy and data protection law, overview of the current situation globally;
- Main international and EU legal instruments on data protection law;
- Objectives, material and territorial scope, logic and main definitions of the GDPR;
- Data processing principles, in particular accountability and transparency;
- Data subject rights: general modalities, limitations and derogations;
- Specific rights: access, rectification, objection to processing, data portability, erasure;
- Remedies available to data subjects.
Prof. (NNU/XHU) Dr. Frank A. Hammel
Prof. (NNU/XHU) Dr. Hammel is a Certified Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law admitted to the Bar in Berlin/Germany. He is practicing as partner of the law firm WEITNAUER in Berlin, advising nationally and internationally operating companies in the field of IP / IT - with a focus on digital change, Industry 4.0, IoT - as well as in managing international brand portfolios. Furthermore, he is a University Professor giving lectures in IP and IT law in China at Nanjing NNU and at Chendgu XHU as well as in Germany at University of Applied Science Wildau. He lectured as a guest professor at Chinese European School of Law (CESL), China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Nanjing Universität (NJU), Chinese University of Hongkong (CUHK), City University of Hongkong (CityU), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT), National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, National Law University Dehli (NLUD).
Dr. Matthias Lejeune
Attorney at law in Munich, with more than 34 years of experience as In-House Counsel for renowned companies (e.g. Siemens, Airbus). Long term experience in national and international IT law and IP law, Data Protection law, Cybersecurity law and Contract law. Specialist in the laws of the United States of America in the aforementioned fields of law. Member of the German Association of Law and Informatics („DGRI“), the German/American lawyers association and of the legal committee of the Chamber of Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria („Rechtsausschuss der IHK“).
IP law (Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret laws) of the United States of America in comparison with the relevant laws of the European Union and Germany.
Dr. Amandine Léonard
Dr. Amandine Léonard is an Emile Noël Fellow (post-doctoral) at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, NYU School of Law. She holds a PhD from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and is an affiliated researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT&IP Law (CiTiP). At NYU, she is conducting research on the issue of joint liability for patent infringement in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Her particular fields of interests are: the fundamental rationale and objective of intellectual property laws (patent, copyright and trademark), the approach adopted by the United States and national states in Europe regarding intellectual property laws and their limitations and exceptions, the convergences and divergences in terms of systems of enforcement, as well as the interface between competition/antitrust law and intellectual property law.
Dr. Andreas Lober
Dr. Andreas Lober is Partner at BEITEN BURKHARDT's Frankfurt office and co-head of the Practice Group IP/IT/Media. He advises national and international companies in the media and technology sectors with respect to IP and IT law. Dr. Andreas Lober studied law at the University of Tübingen and the University of Aix-en-Provence (France). He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Tübingen with a dissertation in the context of media law. He was admitted to the German Bar in 2001.
- AI and robot law;
- Limitation of IP rights by antitrust law;
- Practical problems of IP cross-border enforcement;
- Recent legal developments in games law
Dr. Sachiko Scheuing
Dr. Sachiko Scheuing is the European Privacy Officer for Acxiom, an IPG company and a global leader in marketing services. She is currently serving her second term as the Co-Chairwoman of the Federation of European Direct and interactive Marketing Association (FEDMA), based in Brussels. With more than 20 years’ experience in the field of marketing intelligence, and as a former Chief Analyst, Sachiko combines theoretical and practical experience of the marketing and advertisement industries to manage Acxiom’s European government affairs and compliance. She also provides national and European level advice to clients and colleagues on data protection and privacy matters, and also contributes articles to trade magazines and academic journals. In addition to FEDMA, Sachiko is active in many European and global privacy and marketing associations, as well as think-tanks.
Dr. Katharina Scheja
Dr. Katharina Scheja is one of Germany’s most renowned lawyers in the areas of Digital Business, IT & Outsourcing (e.g. by the Handelsblatt – 2019 award in the areas of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Outsourcing). Dr. Scheja joined Deloitte Legal (Frankfurt) in 2017 and specializes on IT, Digital Transformation & Outsourcing, Tech Transactions and Intellectual Property; in this capacity she has advised clients in numerous high profile techtransactions (outsourcing, digitization, carve-outs, insourcing, licensing). Before joining Deloitte Legal, Katharina Scheja was inhouse-counsel with Microsoft and was a partner in leading international and national law firms (Clifford Chance, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Dentons).
Dr. Thomas Stögmüller, LL.M. (Berkeley)
Dr. Thomas Stögmüller, LL.M. (Berkeley), is an attorney admitted to practice in Germany and is a certified specialist in IT law. He studied in Munich and Berkeley, worked as In-House Counsel in the telecoms department of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Transport and Technology and has practised as a lawyer in Munich and Frankfurt since 1995. Thomas Stögmüller specializes in advice concerning IT and Telecommunications law, Copyright and Software law as well as Data Protection and Antitrust law. He supports German and international companies in drafting, reviewing and negotiating license, outsourcing and support agreements, and advises on current legal topics such as cloud computing and GDPR compliance.
Also: - Protection of computer software, including copyright, patent, trademark, unfair competition and trade secret law;
- Software agreements: licensing models, types of agreements, essential provisions;
- E-Commerce and liability of service providers;
- Civil and criminal liability in IT law;
- Telecommunications law;
- Domain name regulation.
Prof. Dan Svantesson
Professor Dan Svantesson (Faculty of Law, Bond University) specialises in international aspects of the IT society, a field within which he has given keynotes, lectures and presentations in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.
Dan held an ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2016) for a project addressing Internet jurisdiction and is an Editor for International Data Privacy Law, published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Svantesson has written a range of books and articles, most recently: Solving the Internet Jurisdiction Puzzle (OUP 2017) and Information Sovereignty: Data Privacy, Sovereign Powers and the Rule of Law (EE 2017, co-authored with Radim Polcak).
The Internet is, in itself, international, and any act involving the Internet is, with few exceptions, international in one way or another. Students will be introduced to, and asked to discuss, various international aspects of Internet law. In particular, focus is placed on both private international law and the Internet and public international law and the Internet, as well as some matters of Internet governance and Internet regulation. As part of the course, the students get to perform detailed research on a specific topic of their interest, within the scope of the course. Having been given guidance throughout the course, and having had the benefit of the review process in place for the course, students should be able to produce a paper of high academic quality, suitable for submission in legal periodicals. Students will present their research at the end of the course.
This course should appeal to anybody with an interest in internet law, as well as to those with an interest in international law. As the course is research-focused, it will constitute a suitable starting point for anybody considering undertaking a research degree in the future.
Particular attention will be directed at, for example, the following topics:
Dr. Radim Polcak
Radim Polcak is the vice-rector of Masaryk University (MU) and the head of the Institute of Law and Technology at the Law Faculty at MU (Czech Republic). He is the general chair of the Cyberspace conference and the founder of the Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology and the Review of Law and Technology. He is a founding fellow of the European Law Institute and the European Academy of Law and ICT, a panellist at the .eu ADR arbitration court and a member of various governmental and scientific expert and advisory bodies and project consortia around the EU. He also served as a Special Adviser for Robotics and Data Protection Policy to the European Commission. Radim has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific papers, books and articles namely on topics related to cyberlaw and legal philosophy.
- Cybersecurity and Cyber-defence;
- AI liability, including personalised chatbots, autonomous processing of data and data trusts, etc;
- Jurisdictional issues in e-commerce
- Liability of internet intermediaries (ISPs)
- Roles and responsibilities of internet platforms
- Legal acting in e-commerce (B2B and B2C e-contracting, eID)
- Domain name disputes
Dr. Jürgen Rösch
Dr. Jürgen Rösch works as an Innovation Consultant, Lecturer, Researcher and Author. His main job is to help companies become more innovative, using methods like agility, design thinking, economics and lean start-up. His research focuses on digital economics and the platform economy, and the implications for businesses and regulators. Jürgen holds a PH.D. (German doctorate) in competition economics, and Master degrees in both international economics and international business, which he gained while studying in Germany and Australia. He took his first steps in the digital economy in 1999 when he worked for one of the first big online shops in Germany.
The course looks at the economic rational behind IP and IT law
Dr. Jakob Valvoda
Dr. Jakob Valvoda is a patent attorney at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT and a computer scientist. He studied computer science at the RWTH Aachen and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and received his PhD on the subject of virtual reality at the RWTH Aachen. Accordingly, the focus of his practice as a patent attorney lies in the area of software protection and protection of computer-implemented inventions, for example in the fields of artificial intelligence, blockchain, information security, cryptography and computer graphics. Jakob Valvoda has extensive experience in proceedings before the German and European Patent Offices, international patent offices, the German Federal Patent Court and the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. He also advises clients on technical issues relating to open source software and internet piracy. Dr. Jakob Valvoda holds lectures for the European Patent Academy of the European Patent Office and on the openHPI platform of the of Hasso Plattner Institute.
The course will focus on the topic of software protection in the digital age. We will discuss the general suitability of IP rights for protecting software and detail the examination and patenting practice for computer-implemented inventions (CII) in various jurisdictions. This will include a discussion of case law on CII of the boards of appeal of the EPO. The course will conclude with an overview of challenges on IP systems imposed by the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution and possible solutions.
- Suitability of IP rights for software protection;
- Protecting software with copyright means;
- Protecting software with patent law means;
- Challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) for IP protection.
Dr. Winfried Veil
Dr. Winfried Veil (47) studied law at the University of Mainz, Germany. He took his doctor’s degree at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer with a thesis on the democratic deficit within the European Union and possible remedies by direct democracy. From 2001 to 2010 he was working as a lawyer in several international law firms specializing in commercial administrative law and construction law, most recently at CMS Hasche Sigle. Since 2010 Winfried Veil is working for the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany. From 2013 to 2015 he was part of the Project Group on Data Protection Reform in Germany and Europe which was negotiating the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on behalf of Germany. Since then he has been scientifically engaged with the topic, is co-editor and author of a commentary book on the GDPR and lecturer at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen and the Fern Universität Hagen.
Dr. Valerie Verdoodt
Dr. Valerie Verdoodt is a postdoctoral fellow in law at the London School of Economics (LSE). Valerie’s research focuses on the legal and fundamental rights questions originating from the development of new media and technology, in particular (but not exclusively) regarding the protection and participation of children online. She also teaches Information technology and the law, Cyberlaw and EU Law at the LSE.
Mladen specializes in Intellectual Property and Information and Telecommunications law, Licensing, Commercial law, litigation and ADR. Mladen has served as a consultant to various domestic and international organisations such as the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Croatian Government, the World Bank, the European Commission CARDS program, and WIPO, and has served at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Standing Committee for Expertise. Currently he focuses primarily on strategic advising of expanding central European businesses, and is an active mentor on the local start-up scene. His consulting work revolves around the topics of immaterial asset management, IP rights portfolio building and management, and complex branding and advertising issues.
Mladen practices intellectual property law in Zagreb, Croatia, where he founded the law firm VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES in 1991. He obtained his law degree from the University of Zagreb and his Masters degree in IP from Franklin Pierce Law. Among other stints, he worked for the California-based law firm Fenwick & West, the Italian law firm Pavia e Ansaldo and for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization prior to founding VUKMIR & ASSOCIATES. He was retained as an expert advisor by the Croatian IP Office during its founding, and later was appointed a patent and trademark agent before the CSIPO. He has served as a Member of the Patent and Topographies board of Appeals and the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Croatian Patent and Trademark Bar.
Mladen currently serves as an ECTA 2nd Vice President and ECTA Council member. He also serves as the President of the AIPPI - Croatian Group. He is a former INTA Board member and the Chair of the INTA Brands and Innovation Committee. His work in ADR involves various aspects, where he serves as an arbitrator and a mediator at the Permanent Arbitration Court of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, a Distinguished Neutral at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), as a neutral on the INTA Panel of Neutrals and as a panellist at the WIPO Domain Name Administrative Panel (UDRP). Mladen is an International Mediation Institute (IMI) accredited meditator and Croatian Mediation Association (HUM) trainer.
The anti-counterfeiting course is divided into a more theoretical, legal segment taught by Nicolas Dumont and a more practical, hands-on segment taught by Mladen Vukmir. The practical part will develop on the legal foundations set by the first lecturer and take the students a step further, by exploring the practicalities of combatting piracy and counterfeiting. The business realities and budgetary constraints will be discussed, as will the technological basis for modern anti-counterfeiting (AC) activities. Industry case studies and specifics will be studied and discussed. An overview of the business and governmental frameworks that are preconditions for successful AC programs will be studied and dissected in this practical segment of the course. The aim of the course is to convey to the students the characteristics, possible shortcomings and challenges of the present system within the broader legal framework of treaties and legislative solutions laid out in the first segment. Finally, certain practical examples and case studies will be used to bring the students closer to being able to strategically approach the challenges of piracy and counterfeiting.
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wiebe, LL.M. (Virginia)
Prof. Dr. Wiebe studied law at the University of Hannover from 1981 to 1987 and at the University of Virginia (U.S.A.) where he received the LL.M. degree in 1988. Having obtained the doctoral degree in 1991 with a comparative work on the protection of computer programmes in the U.S. and Germany he worked as an assistant at the Institute of Legal Informatics at the University of Hannover. In 2001 his habilitation was accepted based on a work on electronic contracting.
From 2002 to 2009 he was the head of the Department of Information Law and Intellectual Property Law at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Besides several guest professorships he was a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School from January to June 2008 and at the University of Nanjing, China, in October 2012. Since May 2009 he is a professor of competition law, intellectual property law and media law at the University of Göttingen, Germany.
Main areas of research are information and communication technology law, copyright and intellectual property law, and unfair competition law. He participated in several nationally and EU funded research projects, in recent years with a special focus on data protection and copyright law.
Prof. Wiebe ist head of „Forschungsverein Infolaw“ in Vienna. He is co-organisor of the Austrian ICT Law Day and the Competition Law Forum, both annual events in Vienna. He is also a co-organisor of the annual Summer School on European ICT and IP Law, taking place in Reichenau, Austria. He also organises the Göttingen International Research Forum on ICT and IP Law, providing an annual forum for young researchers from all over Europe.
Prof. Wiebe is on the scientific board of several IT and media law journals in Germany and other European countries. He is an author of several German and English legal articles and books and co-editor of handbooks. He was Vice President of the German computer law association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik, DGRI e.V.) from 2005 to 2011. He is also a member of the German Society of intellectual property law (GRUR e.V.), the German society for comparative law (Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung) and the Austrian chapter of the ALAI.
Dr. Anna Zeiter, LL.M. (Stanford)
Dr. Anna Zeiter is Chief Privacy Officer of eBay Inc. Before joining eBay in 2014 Anna Zeiter graduated with honors from the LL.M. Program in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford Law School. From 2009 to 2013 Anna worked as a lawyer for two international law firms in Hamburg (DLA Piper and Norton Rose Fulbright), specializing in data protection, IT and ecommerce law. Before working as an attorney Anna Zeiter did her Ph.D. in the field of free speech and media law at the University of Hamburg. Anna Zeiter regularly gives speeches at international data protection conferences, teaches at universities (e.g. at the University of Bern, the University of Göttingen, and the University of Geneva), and publishes articles on current data protection issues, e.g. in the Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum and the European Data Protection Law Review.
Dr. Sven Bingert, (Göttingen) - Introduction to IT and Legal Informatics
Dr. Carsten König (Göttingen, Cologne) - Competition Law
Prof. Christopher Kuner (Brussels, Cambridge, Copenhagen) - Data Protection Law
Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler (Göttingen) - IP Law
Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll (Göttingen) - International IP and IT Law
Lecturers in alphabetical order