Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM) at the Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren is professor for civil law at the University of Muenster and has been the director of the ITM since 1997. Prof. Dr. Hoeren is the leading expert in German information law and edits as well as co-authors major publications in this field. After studying theology, philosophy and law in Tuebingen, London and Muenster from 1980 to 1987, he focused on law and received a doctoral degree (1988) and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation, 1994). From 1994 Prof. Hoeren was professor in Duesseldorf (Germany), before he came to Muenster in 1997 and founded the ITM. Since 1996, he is also a judge at the Higher Regional Court (panel for intellectual property and competition law) in Duesseldorf. Due to international projects such as “IPR-Helpdesk”, “RESPECT” and “ECLIP” Prof. Hoeren is recognised as a specialist in information law throughout Europe. IT Law is one of Prof. Hoeren’s major research fields. His book on IT-Contracting (“IT-Vertragsrecht”) is a benchmark in the field.
• HOEREN, T., Die Einwilligung in Direktmarketing unter datenschutzrechtlichen Aspekten/The consent to direct marketing under aspects of data protection law, Zeitschrift für die Anwaltspraxis 2010, 431-438.
• HOEREN, T., Das neue BDSG und der Handel mit ‚non-performing loans‘/The new BDSG (German Data Protection Act – BDSG) and the trade with ‚non-performing loans’, Zeitschrift für Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft 2010, 64-71.
• HOEREN, T., The new German Data Protection Act and its compatibility with the European Data Protection Directive, Computer Law & Security Review 2009, 318-324.
• HOEREN, T., Datenschutz und Scoring: Grundelemente der BDSG-Novelle I/Data protection and scoring: Basic elements of the German Data Protection Amendment, Verbraucher und Recht 2009, 363-369.
• HOEREN, T., Datenschutz- und haftungsrechtliche Fragen bei Social Networks im Web 2.0/Data protection and liability in social Networks of Web 2.0, Jochen Schneider (ed), Festschrift für Benno Heussen, Köln 2009, 207-219.
• HOEREN, T., Entwurf des Bundesdatenschutzgesetzes: handwerklich misslungen/Draft of the Data Protection Amendment Act: a technical failure, Bank und Markt 2008, 32-34.
• HOEREN, T., Du hast keine Freunde! Reise auf den Asteroiden studiVZ“/You have no friends! Journey to the studiVZ asteroid, Grimme Online Award, Marl (Adolf Grimme Institut) 2009, 52.
• HOEREN, T., The European liability and responsibility of providers of online-platforms such as ‚Second Life‘, Journal of Information, Law & Technology 2009.
• HOEREN, T., Manifest: The role of law in an electronic world dominated by web 2.0, CSRD 2009, 7-13.
Patricia Rogosch works as a research assistant at the Civil Law Department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM) at the University of Münster since April 2010. She also works on her PhD on privacy law and data protection. The main focus of her dissertation is the consent in data protection in Germany. Patricia studied Law at the University of Münster, Germany, and at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, and successfully completed the foreign law and language programme in Common Law.
Sebastian Neurauter is a research assistant and a PhD student at the Civil Law Department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM) at the University of Münster since June 2009. His main work is the coordination of EU projects such as CONSENT or LAPSI. Sebastian studied Law at the University of Münster and successfully completed the foreign law and language programme in Common Law.