Ulrich Sieber (lawyer)

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Ulrich Sieber

Ulrich Sieber (born November 18, 1950 in Stuttgart ) is a German lawyer . From October 2003 until his retirement in 2019, he was Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Crime, Security and Law (formerly Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law ) in Freiburg im Breisgau .

Sieber became known to the general public in 1998 as one of the defenders of Felix Somm , managing director of CompuServe , who was able to prove to the convicting Munich District Court a number of errors in the technical understanding of the networks and in the assessment of the legal facts and the accused was acquitted in the second Instance reached.


Ulrich Sieber studied law at the Universities of Tübingen , Lausanne and Freiburg and received his doctorate in 1977 in Freiburg on "Computer crime and criminal law". From 1978 to 1987 he worked as a freelance lawyer, mainly in computer law. Here he worked on the plaintiff's side and a. participated in the “debt collection program” decision of the BGH .

In 1987 he completed his habilitation at the University of Freiburg with a thesis on the "relationship between substantive criminal law and criminal procedural law" and was appointed to the chair for criminal law and information law at the University of Bayreuth , which he held until 1991. From 1991 to 2000 he was dean of the law faculty and held the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure law, information law and legal informatics at the University of Würzburg . According to a student ranking , he was the second most popular professor at this university at the time. In 1994 he turned down a chair for legal informatics at the University of Münster and decided to take up a visiting professorship at the University of Tokyo . From 2000 to 2003 he held a chair for criminal law, information law and legal informatics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich before starting his current position at the Max Planck Institute. In 2005 he was the Neofit Rilski University in Bulgaria with the honorary doctorate ( Doctor honoris causa excellent).

In addition to his academic work, Sieber works as an independent consultant and expert, particularly in the field of computer law. In the course of this activity he was the personal special advisor to two EC commissioners on issues of computer law and the fight against EC fraud. In addition, he worked for the legal committee and various inquiry commissions of the German Bundestag , the German Federal Ministry of Justice , the German Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology , the Federal Criminal Police Office , the Council of the European Union and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe , the European Commission , the research ministers of the G-8 countries (Carnegie Group), the OECD , the United Nations , the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, the US Senate , the Canadian Ministry of Justice and the National Police Agency of Japan.

In 2015 Sieber was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano , Peru.

Research priorities

The focus of his scientific publications is on the fields of multimedia law and computer crime , the white collar crime and economic crime , the fight against organized crime , the Law , the European law and legal computer science .

Fonts (selection)

As an author

  • Computer crime and criminal law. 1980, ISBN 3-452-18844-2 .
  • Information technology and criminal law reform. On the scope of the future second law to combat economic crime. 1985, ISBN 3-452-20264-X .
  • Computer crime and criminal law, addendum to 1. A. apart. New developments in technology and law. 1986, ISBN 3-452-18845-0 .
  • The International Emergence of Criminal Information Law. 1992, ISBN 3-452-22346-9 .
  • European unification and European criminal law. 1993, ISBN 3-452-22867-3 .
  • Information Technology Crime. 1997, ISBN 3-452-22659-X .
  • Accountability on the Internet. 1999, ISBN 3-406-46070-4 .
  • International organized crime. Challenges and solutions for a Europe with open borders. 2000, ISBN 3-452-23425-8 .
  • The Punishment of Serious Crimes. A comparative analysis of sentencing law and practice. 2004, ISBN 3-86113-885-9 .

As editor

Ulrich Sieber is President of the German Association for European Criminal Law, a member of the Legal Advisory Board on the Information Services Market of the European Commission, the Advisory Board of the German Society for Information Law, and the Steering Committee of the EU-China Legal and Judicial Co-operation Programs, in the European Legal Center of the University of Würzburg, in the Research Center for Food Law at the University of Bayreuth, on the editorial board of the magazine Computer und Recht , in the "Correspondents Panel" of the magazine The Computer Law and Security Report and on the Advisory Board of the magazine Money Laundering Control .

Sieber is editor of the European series ius informationis and ius criminale as well as co-editor of the book series ius europaeum and the magazine Multimedia und Recht . Two of his books have been translated into Japanese; his International Handbook on Computer Crime was published in a French translation.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Jurista internacional Ulrich Sieber, fue como distinguido doctor honoris causa. In: Website of the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano. November 23, 2015, accessed June 30, 2016 .