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Nikolas GuggenbergerAddress

Institut für Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht
– Zivilrechtliche Abteilung –
Leonardo-Campus 9
48149 Münster

Room 110.117
Email guggenberger@wwu.de
Telephone +49 251 83 38615
Fax +49 251 83 38601


Nikolas Guggenberger is the RWTÜV Foundation Assistant Professor of IT Law at University of Münster School of Law and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research focusses on law and innovation. Nikolas is specifically interested in the implications of blockchain technology, smart contracts and the automation of law. He presently serves as an international reporter on intellectual property for the International League of Competition Law (LDIC).

Prior to joining Münster Law School, Nikolas served as policy advisor to Jakob von Weizsäcker at the European Parliament in Brussels working in the field of banking and financial markets regulation as well as monetary and economic policy (2014-2016). He contributed to the European Parliament’s first resolution on virtual currencies and the negotiations on a banking structural reform regulation. From 2010-2012, Nikolas clerked at the district court of Freiburg, Germany. He worked as a teaching assistant and research associate at the Institute for Media and Information Law at the University of Freiburg, School of Law for Prof. Dr. Boris P. Paal, M.Jur. (Oxford).

Nikolas holds law degrees from Stanford Law School (LL.M., 2014) and University of Freiburg, School of Law (JD-equivalent, 2010). Additionally, he obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Freiburg, School of Law (Dr. iur., 2014) with a thesis on “Network Neutrality: General Principle and Antitrust Abuse Control” (published: “Netzneutralität: Leitbild und Missbrauchsaufsicht”). Nikolas is admitted to the State Bar of California (inactive).

Honors and Awards

  • Rudolf-Haufe-Prize, University of Freiburg for Dissertation (2015)
  • Jacques Lassier Prize of the International League of Competition Law for dissertation (2015)
  • Graduation Class Speaker, Stanford Law School (2014)
  • DAAD LL.M.-Scholarship (2013 – 2014)
  • Freshfields LL.M.-Scholarship (2013)
  • Scholarship of the Klaus Murmann Fellowship Programme, Foundation of the German Business (2007 – 2010)

Publications and Presentations