Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem, LL.M.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem, LL.M., (born 1940) studied Law in Hamburg, Freiburg i. Br., Munich and Berkeley. He has been Professor for Public Law and Administration at the University of Hamburg since 1974, emeritus since 2008. Since 2012 he is Affiliate Professor at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg.
He was the director of the Hans Bredow Institute from 1979 and chairperson of the newly created directorate of the Institute from July 1998 until December 1999, until the beginning of his activities as Law Senator of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (September 1995 to November 1997). From 1999 to 2008 he was a member of the directorate subsequent to being appointed a judge of the Federal Constitutional Court. He has been the director of the research centre on environmental law at the University of Hamburg since 1994 and academic head of the research centre for law and innovation since 1995.
Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem spent research and teaching leave at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Toulane Law School, Hastings College of the Law and the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, and was, among other things, a member of the commission of experts on new media, Baden-Württemberg, of the commission of enquiry on new information and communications technologies of the German federal parliament, the commission of enquiry on parliamentary reform of the Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, as well as of the “Kommission Medienverantwortung” (“Commission on Media Responsibility”) ordered by Federal President von Weizsäcker. He publishes on questions of media law and media sociology as well as on constitutional and administrative law, commercial and environmental law, police law and the sociology of law.
Projects at the Institute were, among others, basic rights of media freedom, protection of young people, supervision of broadcasting in Germany and other industrialised countries, Hamburg as media location, the relationship of media law and telecommunications law, political advising in the media area. Since 2007, he has been the German delegate at the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission). From October 2009 to summer 2010 he spent ten months at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, researching on law and innovation.