Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz studied Law and Journalism in Hamburg. Since 1997 he has taught the optional special subject on information and communication in the Department of Law at the University of Hamburg; he has been also a member of the state office for legal examinations since January 2000. In July 2009 habilitation through the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg, granted Venia Legendi in public law, media law and legal philosophy. Since november 2011 he is professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg.

Since November 2011 W. Schulz has the university professorship "Media Law and Public Law including Theoretical Foundations” at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg. This comprises a joint placement of the University of Hamburg and the Hans-Bredow-Institut. The focus of this professorship is on research at the Hans-Bredow-Institut. Initially, W. Schulz acted as deputy business director as well as head of the Hans-Bredow-Institut’s area of media and telecommunications, since 2001 he has been a member of the board of directors. In February 2012 he was also appointed director at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.

His work emphasises the freedom of communication, problems of legal regulation with regard to media contents, questions of law in new media, above all in digital television, and the legal bases of journalism, but also the jurisprudential bases of freedom of communication and the implications of the changing public sphere on law. In addition, he works on the forms taken by the State’s functions, for instance, in the framework of concepts of “regulated self-regulation” of "informational regulation". Many of his projects are designed internationally comparative.

Latest publications

  • Grasser, U.; Schulz, W. (2015): Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations from a Series of National Case Studies. Synthese Paper in: The Berkman Center for Internet & Society Research Publication Series (Ed.), Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2015-5, 18 February 2015. Harvard/Hamburg (online).

List including older publications

Latest lectures

  • „How can Social, Political and Regulatory Frameworks Contribute to Media Education and Youth Protection?“, input statement by W. Schulz for the World Café within the European Expert Conference on Media Education and Youth Protection „Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media“ on 17 April 2015 in Berlin.

  • „Data Protection in Europe“, lecture by W. Schulz at the winter school organized by the National Law University Delhi and the Hans-Bredow-Institut on 19 January 2015 in Neu-Delhi.

  • "Good Practices of Youth Media Protection: An International Comparison“, presentation by S. Dreyer, W. Schulz und K. Dankert at the 5th European Communication Conference (ECREA) on 15 November 2014 in Lissboa, Portugal (together with M. Puppis and M. Künzler).

  • „Bottom-Up: Insights and Inspiration from Real-World Case Studies“, moderation by W. Schulz of a session at the conference „The Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem“ within the events series on the future of Internet governance of the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers on 2 Okcober 2014 in Turin, Italy.

  • „Online Intermediaries“, lecture by W. Schulz on the workshop of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University on 7 August 2014 in Cambridge, USA.

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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 40 450217-0
Fax +49 40 45 02 17-77