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    Head of the Forschungsstelle Robotrecht

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf

    Telephone: +49 (0)931 31 82303
    Telefax: +49 931 31-82797
    E-Mail: hilgendorf(at)jura.uni-wuerzburg.de  

    Brief profile:

    Abitur in Ansbach, then military service near Würzburg. Studied philosophy, modern history and law in Tübingen. After completing his coursework in philosophy and history, he obtained his master’s degree. The title of his master's thesis was the Development of parliamentary freedom of speech in Germany. He then completed a PhD in philosophy with the thesis entitled Argumentation in jurisprudence, as well as a PhD in law in which his dissertation had the title Criminal producer liability in the risk society. He received the Reinhold and Maria Teufel Foundation Prize for his dissertation in law. He then completed his second PhD in law (Habilitation) on the subjects criminal law, criminal procedural law and philosophy of law. The title of his dissertation (Habilitationsschrift) was On the delimitation of statements of fact and value judgements in Criminal Law. In the summer semester of 1997, he was appointed Professor of Criminal Law and related areas at the University of Constance. In the winter semester 1998/99, he was elected Vice Dean and Dean of Studies, and in the winter semester 1999/2000, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Constance. Since the summer semester 2001, he has held the Chair for criminal law, criminal justice, legal theory, information law and legal informatics at the University of Würzburg. He established the Forschungsstelle RobotRecht in 2010. In the same year, he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law (for two years) in Würzburg.

    Memberships and Activities:

    • Member of Advisory Board of the Giordano-Bruno-Stiftung für Humanismus und Aufklärung
    • Director, Bayerisches Forschungsinstitut für Digitale Transformation
    • Establishment of the Chinese-German Federation of Criminal Law Professors together with Prof. Dr. Genlin Liang (Peking University)
    • Establishment of the project “Global Systems and Intercultural Competence” (GSiK)
    • Head of the Working Group AI, Ethics and Law of the Plattform Lernende Systeme (2018-2019)
    • Member of the German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)
    • Member of the Ethics Commission on Automated and Connected Driving (2016-2017)
    • Member of the German Society for Analytic Philosophy
    • Member of the High Level Expert Group on Artificial intelligence of the EU
    • Member of the lnternational Association for Legal and Social Philosophy
    • Member of the Programming Commission of the Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb) 2005-2009. Ongoing commitment with various online courses in criminal law and criminal procedure
    • Member of German Criminal Law Professors' Association (Strafrechtslehrervereinigung)
    • Member of Working Group Contemporary Legal History (Arbeitskreis Juristische Zeitgeschichte)
    • Member of Round Table on Automated and Connected Driving
    • Co-editor of the Juristenzeitung (JZ)
    • (Co-)editor of the series "Robotics and Law" published by Nomos-Verlag
    • Liaison Professor of Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (2006-2009)
    • Liaison Professor of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (2002-2006)
    • Chairman of Law Alumni Association Würzburg

    Main areas of interest:

    • Legal framework for autonomous systems and artificial intelligence
    • Media criminal law, especially computer and Internet criminal law
    • Media didactics
    • Medical criminal law and bio-criminal law, bioethics
    • Criminal protection of (human) life
    • Criminal law protection of personal honour
    • Fundamental problems in criminal law
    • History of law and philosophy of law
    • Comparative law

    A selection of Professor Hilgendorf’s  publications is available here.

    Members of Staff

    Roger Fabry

    E-Mail: roger.fabry(at)jura.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Mr Fabry studied law at Middlesex University, the University of Northumbria, and Queen Mary College. During his studies, he specialized in international commercial law and international commercial arbitration. He has coached teams for international mooting competitions. His current interest lies in the areas of AI and data protection, particularly at the interface with public and criminal law. Since joining the Hilgendorf Chair, he has worked on various projects related to technology. He is a member of the English Bar Association.

    Dr. Severin Löffler

    Telephone: +49 (0)931 31 85795
    E-Mail: severin.loeffler(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

    Among other issues, Dr. Löffler’s work has dealt with the legal problems associated with the increasing use of unmanned air systems (UAS/UAV). His doctoral dissertation examined the military and civil use of flying robots, i.e. so-called "drones", from a criminal law perspective. His research placed particular emphasis on the legality of "targeted-killing" via unmanned air systems and on the issue of criminal liability for image recordings made by drones for the civilian sector. Since 2018, he has also been in private practice as a solicitor. A selection of his publications is available here

    Anna Lohmann, European lawyer

    Telephone: +49 (0) 931 31-83122
    E-Mail: anna.lohmann(at)uni-wuerzburg.de 

    Anna Lohmann passed the First State Examination in Law with the accompanying qualification in European Law at the University of Würzburg in 2018. Ms. Lohmann was initially a student assistant at Professor Hilgendorf’s Chair and has worked as a graduate assistant there since September 2018. In this context, she deals with issues related to digitization and law, with a special focus on liability issues.

    Ass. Jur. Pia Mesenberg

    Telephone: +49 931 31-87619
    E-Mail: pia.mesenberg(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

    Pia Mesenberg studied law at the Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg. After her legal clerkship she successfully passed the Second State Examination. She has already been working at the professorship of Professor Hilgendorf in various projects of the Robotics Law Research Center (RobotRecht) when she was student and research assistant.
    Now as a graduate assistant she is being entrusted with the PAcT-Project. Her research focus lies on programming of legal norms. In her dissertation she is examining the formalization of legal norms in the medical area.

    Annika Schömig

    E-Mail: annika.schoemig(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

    Annika Schömig studied law at the University of Würzburg and passed the First State Examination in Law in February 2019. Since March 2019, she has worked as a graduate assistant at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf, where she was previously employed as a student assistant during her studies. Her main areas of focus are criminal law and technology law. Her doctoral thesis examines the concepts of “danger” and “risk” in the criminal law, as well as current challenges related to these concepts.

    Ass. Jur. Max Tauschhuber

    Telephone: 0931 31-87212
    E-Mail: max.tauschhuber(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

    Max Tauschhuber studied law at the University of Würzburg, including the accompanying studies in European law and passed the First State Examination in Law in July 2018. Mr. Tauschhuber had worked as a student assistant since 2012 and he is now after passing the Second State Exam a graduate assistant at the Chair of Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf.

    Paul Vogel, European lawyer

    Telephone: +49 931 31-81278
    E-Mail: Paul.Vogel(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

    Paul Vogel studied law and European law at the University of Würzburg and passed the First State Examination in Law in July 2017. Since September 2017, he has been a graduate assistant at the Chair of Prof. Hilgendorf. His main area of focus is technology law, particularly with reference to criminal law, data protection law, and civil law issues. A selection of his publication is available here.

    External doctoral candidates

    Eftychia Bampasika

    Eftychia Bambasika - born in 1993 - comes from Greece. She studied law in Athens and Münster and obtained her LL.B. at the University of Athens. Since 2017, she has been a trainee lawyer in Athens. After completing an LLM in the fundamentals of German law at LMU Munich, in 2019 she began work on her doctoral dissertation in the field of artificial intelligence and criminal law under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Hilgendorf.

    Dipl.-Jur. Inci Demir

    E-Mail: inci.demir(at)stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de

    lnci Demir began her law studies in 2013 at the Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg and successfully completed the First State Examination in Law 2018. Since then Ms. Demir has been conducting external research as a doctoral candidate on the issue of mHealth, and the opportunities and risks of health apps. In this context, she deals, among other things, with data protection problems and criminal liability issues.

    Dipl.-Jur. Sophie Garling

    E-Mail: sophie.garling(at)stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Sophie Garling completed the First State Examination in Law at the University of Würzburg in 2018. Since then she has been employed as a graduate assistant in a law firm specializing in IT law, and at the same time, she is conducting research for her PhD. This work involves using various methods for the development of a system of legal experts.

    Dipl.-Jur. Tino Haupt

    E-Mail: tino.haupt(at)stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Tino Haupt studied law at the University of Würzburg and at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. He completed the First State Examination in Law in 2018. Since January 2019, he has been working on his doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Hilgendorf. His doctoral research examines questions relating to access rights to data generated in cars. In this context, access powers in criminal proceedings (strafprozessuale Zugriffsbefugnisse) and data protection restrictions are of particular relevance. In addition, he is also focussing on possible contractual arrangements with regard to car data [access]. Besides conducting research for his PhD, he is employed as a research assistant at an international law firm and was previously also a graduate assistant at the University of Würzburg. Publications can be found here.

    Jille Kikonga, LL.B.

    Jille Kikonga studied in Cologne and Paris, commencing in October 2012, first on the German-French Law Course, which he completed in 2016 with the award of the Maȋtrise en Droit and an LL.B. He then passed the First State Examination in Law in Cologne in October 2018. Since April 2017, he has worked as a graduate assistant in international law firms. Since February 2019 his work as a graduate assistant has been in the field of intellectual property and technology. Since March 2019, he has also been employed at the University of Cologne as a graduate student assistant in their State Examination preparatory course, mainly correcting practice exams and writing sample exam question solutions. As an external doctoral student, he has conducted research since August 2019 under the supervision of Professor Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf into criminal law aspects of the dissemination of fake news.


    Thomas Steur, Solicitor

    E-Mail: ra-steur(at)web.de

    Thomas Steur started his legal studies in the summer semester 2011 at the University of Würzburg. His area of focus was the criminal law. In 2016, he passed the First State Examination in Law. In spring 2019, he passed the Second State Examination in Law in the Higher Regional Court District of Bamberg. He was admitted as a solicitor in summer 2019 and has been in practice as a lawyer in Würzburg since then. Since 2019, Mr. Steur has been an external doctoral student at the Hilgendorf Chair. He is conducting research on criminal law and liability law issues in the application of telemedicine, particularly with regard to the Professional Code for Physicians, as amended in 2018.

    Ass. Jur. Jannick Thonemann

    E-Mail: jannick.thonemann(at)stud-mail.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Jannick Thonemann studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and at the Uppsala Universitet in Sweden. After passing the First State Examination in Law in 2015, he passed the Second State Examination in Law in 2017, thereby completing his German legal education. Since 2018, he has been conducting research on questions of artificial intelligence as an external doctoral student. His research interests include the [legal] protection of AI software and the legal requirements for its use.

    Nicolas Woltmann, European lawyer

    E-Mail: nicolas.woltmann(at)uni-wuerzburg.de

    Nicolas Woltmann - born in 1992 - hails from Upper Bavaria and passed the First State Examination in Law at the University of Würzburg in 2016. At the same time, he also completed the accompanying qualification in European law. His research focuses primarily on criminal law and technology law. These are also legal areas upon which Mr. Woltmann is conducting research for his doctoral dissertation, which examines specific liability issues in the context of self-learning software.

    Prof. Dr. Susanne Beck

    Dr. Lisa Blechschmitt

    Dr. Jochen Fledle

    Dr. Jan-Philipp Günther

    Ass. Jur. Christian Haagen

    Ass. Jur. Bertold Haustein

    Ass. Jur. Sven Elter (geb. Hötitzsch)

    Ulrich Honeker

    Dr. Xiaoyan Huang, LL.M. Eur.

    Dipl.-Jur. Katharina May

    Dr. Florian Münch

    Dr. Jur. Dipl.-Ing. Lennart S. Lutz

    Ass. Jur. Daniel Nikol

    Nicolas Woltmann