Information is a fundamental category. Nevertheless, until recently law did not focus on information as a dimension within law. In legal contexts, information was subordinated to other basal categories (such as action, decision or procedure) for a long time. Nowadays, the handling of information and data, of knowledge and uncertainty is an important area of legal research. As categories, “information”, “data” or “knowledge” have characteristics which distinguish them from other categories such as action or decision. Therefore, this field of research is of particular interest regarding the necessity of new paradigms and innovative reflections. Information Law with its multifarious facets is – besides biolaw – one of the main and enduring focal points of the chair.
Main areas of work
- Communication and Information Rights, Right to Privacy, Right to Informational Self-Determination
- Privacy and data protection
- Freedom of Information, Access to Documents and Information
- Consumer Information Law
- Internet Law, Social Media
- Data Protection in the field of Police and Intelligence Law