Thomas Hoeren

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Thomas Hoeren (2018)

Thomas Hoeren (born August 22, 1961 in Dinslaken ) is a German legal scholar specializing in information and media law .


From 1980 to 1987 Thomas Hoeren studied theology and law in Münster , Tübingen and London . In 1986 he acquired the degree of a church licentiate in theology and passed his first state examination in 1987. In 1989 he was at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Muenster with a thesis on the subject of software licensing as property purchase doctorate . In 1991 he passed the second state examination in law. After completing his habilitation in 1994 , also in Münster on the subject of self-regulation in banking and insurance law , Hoeren became a university professor in the law faculty of Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf in 1995 , where he received the professorship for civil law and international business law.

From 1996 to the end of 2011, Hoeren was a judge at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court . In 1997 he received a call to the Institute for Information Law and computer science at the Law Faculty of the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Munster, where he heads the Civil Division of the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law. He is also a researcher at the European Research Center for Information Systems there. He is authorized to teach civil law, business law , civil procedural law and legal informatics .

Until 1997, Hoeren was legal advisor to the European Commission / DG XIII on the Legal Advisory Board on Information Technology . He is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of DENIC and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Research Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen .

Hoeren has been working as a domain name panelist at the World Intellectual Property Organization since June 2000 . In 2004 he was also a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute / Balliol College and in 2014 a Visiting Fellow at Stanford Law School. He is a member of the specialist committee for copyright and publishing law of the German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright . From 2012 to 2014 he was Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Münster. Since 2006 he has been a liaison professor at the German National Academic Foundation .

Hoeren is married and has two children; he lives privately in Steinfurt . He works part-time as a freelance photographer.


  • 2006: Research Award for Technical Communication
  • 2016: Appointment as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 2018: Awarding of the Daidalos silver coin by the German National Academic Foundation


  • Until 1997 member of the editorial board of the magazine Computer und Recht , co-editor of the magazine Information and Communications Technology Law and the EDI Law Review .
  • Since 1998 co-editor of the magazine Multimedia und Recht (MMR).
  • Since May 2005 editor for "Informatik und Recht" of the Swiss legal online trade journal Jusletter .
  • Since 2007 member of the advisory board of the magazine Computer und Recht .
  • Editorial board of the training magazine Ad legendum

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  1. »Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren «ITM - Civil Law Department. Retrieved June 26, 2018 (German).