Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law
– Civil Law Division –
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren
Leonardo-Campus 9, Room 110.118
48149 Münster
Consultation hours: by appointment (also by email)

About the person

  • August 22, 1961
Birth in Dinslaken
  • 1980 – 1987
Studied Catholic theology and law in Münster, Tübingen and London
  • 1986
Acquisition of the degree of ecclesiastical licentiate in theology with a thesis on „Churches and data protection“
  • 1987
First state examination in law
  • 1991
Second state examination in law
  • 1989
Doctorate at the University of Münster (dissertation topic: „Software transfer as a purchase in kind“)
  • 1994
Habilitation at the University of Münster (topic of the habilitation: „Self-regulation in banking and insurance law“)
  • until 1997
Member of the editorial board of the magazine „Computer und Recht“
  • until 2004
Legal advisor to the European Commission/DG XIII in the „Legal Advisory Board on Information Technology“.
Member of the Task Force Group on Intellectual Property of the European Commission.
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of DENIC eG.
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Swiss Forum for Intellectual Property Law
  • 1995 – 1997
University professor at the law faculty of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (professorship for civil law and international commercial law) and rejection of an appointment at the University of Kiel
  • 1996 until the end of 2011
Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (20th Civil Senate, responsible for copyright and competition law, among other things)
  • since April 1997
University professor at the Faculty of Law of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and rejection of a call to the University of Cologne (2002)

Director of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (ITM)

  • since 1998
Co-editor of the journal „Multimedia und Recht“ (C.H.Beck), the „Zeitschrift für Rechtstheorie“ (Duncker & Humblot) and the „International Journal of Law and Information Technology„/IJILT (Oxford University Press)
  • since June 2000
WIPO Domain Name Panelist and arbitrator for the EU Commission inthe allocation of .eu domains
  • 2004
Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute/BalliolCollege
Lecturer at the Kunstakademie Münster, specializing in copyright law and art trade law.
Lecturer in information and IT law at the Universities of Zurich and Vienna
  • 2005
Honored with the ALCATEL-SEL Research Award „Technical Communication“
Member of the Expert Committee for Copyright and Publishing Law of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law
  • since 2006
Liaison lecturer at the German National Academic Foundation and member of its doctoral committee (since 2013)
  • since 2012
Adjunct Professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT)
  • 2012 – 2014
Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Münster
  • May 2014
Research stay at Harvard Law School, Boston
  • June-August 2014
  • Since April 2016
Research stay/visiting professor at Stanford University

Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

  • September 2016
Visiting professor at Kyushu University (Fukuoka/Japan) and artist-in-residence in Itoshima (Japan)
  • since October 2017
General Rapporteur of the International League of Competition Law(LIDC)
  • 2018
Honored with the prize for German-Dutch scientific cooperation
  • July 2018
Daidalos silver coin awarded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • WS 2018/2019
Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam (Institute for Information Law)/ Fellowship of the NWO and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • September 2020
Artist-in-Residence at the Old School Hrisey/North Iceland
  • December 2021
Member of the Concordia Vienna Press Club
  • 2022
Central Asia Research fellow at Tashkent State University (Uzbekistan)
  • 2023
Member of the editorial board of the international ejournal of Tashkent State University „TSUL Legal Report“.
Married, two children

Teaching authorization

Civil Law, Commercial Law, Civil Procedure Law, Legal Informatics

Publication list

The list of publications is available online.

Video releases