Directors

Four directors, Prof. Dr. Hebeler, Prof. Dr. Raue, Prof. Dr. Reiff und Prof. Dr. von Ungern-Sternberg, lead the IRDT. —

The respective directors represent diverse fields of research, thus facilitating the institute’s broad, interdisciplinary approach to examining and analyzing the legal changes caused by digitization.

Prof. Dr. Hebeler and Prof. Dr. von Ungern-Sternberg examine constitutional and administrative legal issues within the field of digital law, while Prof. Dr. Reiff and Prof. Dr. Raue explore the civil law aspects therein.

Rotating annually, one director assumes the role of Managing Director. Prof. Dr. Raue is the Managing Director in 2019-2020.

 

Prof. Dr. Timo Hebeler


Timo Hebeler researches constitutional, administrative, and social law. In the realm of legal issues relating to digitization, his particular research interests include the development processes of electronic governance in public administration and the effects of digitization on social security law. In the field of administrative law, Prof. Dr. Hebeler’s research focuses on public service law, which also faces the challenges of digitization.



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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Raue


Benjamin Raue’s research and teaching focus both on information society law and intellectual property law. In addition to classic intellectual property law topics related to networking and digitization, he investigates research data, text, and data mining as well as IT law topics such as software security and software providers’ update obligations. Together with Prof. Dr. Antje von Ungern-Sternberg, Prof. Dr. Raue founded the Trier Talks on Law and Digitization, which the Institute continues to host. He regularly holds lectures and seminars on intellectual property law and the law of Digital Humanities.



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Prof. Dr. Peter Reiff


Peter Reiff is a private law professor whose research focuses on liability and insurance law, two fields particularly challenged by the development of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. Legal questions of liability and insurance related to driving autonomous vehicles provide prime examples of these challenges. Prof. Dr. Reiff’s further research interests explore the legal consequences of the insurance industry’s digitization-driven reconstruction, with particular emphasis on insurance sales, actual contract conclusion, and claims processing.



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Prof. Dr. Antje von Ungern-Sternberg


Antje von Ungern-Sternberg analyzes the challenges of digitization from constitutional, comparative, and international law perspectives. She is particularly interested in legal and ethical questions surrounding autonomous systems, the effects of digitization on democracy and statehood, human autonomy in the face of new forms of surveillance and control, and discrimination through the use of algorithms. Prof. Dr. von Ungern-Sternberg teaches courses on data law. Together with Prof. Dr. Raue, she founded the Trier Talks on Law and Digitization, which the IRDT continues to host.



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