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Principal Researchers

Sylvia Kierkegaard

Prof. Sylvia Kierkegaard (MSc. Intl. Business, LLB, M. Eco., LLM, PHD, MA Asian Studies; BA Mass Comm) is the European Principal Investigator for the co-Reach Project. She is a Professor and PhD Supervisor at the Communication University of China (Beijing) and University of Southampton. She is a Visiting Professor and Professor Extraordinaire in several universities. She is the President of the International Association of IT Lawyers, Chairman of the LSPI-ILTC-IBLT Conference, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Private Law (Inderscience), editor in chief of the Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology and the Intl. Journal of Liability. She is a member of the editorial board of over 25 A-  ranking  international journals and Managing editor of 3 international journals.  She is a regulatory expert for the Council of Europe and legal expert for various initiatives in the European Union. She is also a member of the Scientific Board of various organisations, including the European Privacy Association, EICAR (etc).  She is an advisor to several associations and governments.  In addition, she has published over 2000 articles and is a recipient of the National Journalism Award.





Prof. Li. Mingde is the Principal Investigator for  China. He received his Bachelor, Master and Ph. D degrees from Peking University. From January 1995 to January 1997, he was a visiting scholar in School of Law, University of Washington in Seattle, United States. From February to August 2001, he was a guest researcher in Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law in Munich, Germany. From October 2006 to February 2007, he was an invited international guest researcher in Institute of Intellectual Property of Japan. He joined the Institute of Law of China Academy of Social Sciences in July 1991, and Intellectual Property Center of China Academy of Social Sciences in January 1997. He is currently a senior professor at the Institute of Law and the director for the Intellectual Property Center. He also served as an arbitrator for China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
His research field is in intellectual property law.He has published seven books and about 50 articles in China. In addition to the research activities, he has been a speaker and lecturer in many conferences and symposiums conducted by UNESCO, World Intellectual Property Organization, National Copyright Administration of China, China Intellectual Property Office, and China Trademark Office. In the international level, he has participated in many symposiums concerning intellectual property, and spoken on intellectual property law in English.


Andreas Wiebe

Andreas Wiebe  is a professor at Göttingen University. Andreas Wiebe, LL.M., was the  head of the Department of Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. From January through June 2008, Professor Wiebe served as Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair Professor at the Forum on Contemporary Europe, during which time he taught courses in e-commerce law and intellectual property law at the Stanford Law School.




Ian Lloyd


Ian Lloyd is Professor of Information Technology Law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and Director of its Centre for Law, Computers and Technology.  Ian  acts as a Principal Researcher on the Co-Reach Project. Ian is author of a number of textbooks in the fields of information technology and intellectual property law including Information Technology Law (5th edition) published by Oxford University Press and Law on the Electronic Frontier published by Edinburgh University Press. Ian is also author of the United Kingdom volume in the Kluwer Encyclopedia of Cyberlaw and serves as a General Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology published by Oxford University Press.Apart from academic writing, Ian has wide experience of involvement in European and nationally funded research projects .  He is a member of the European Commission’s Legal Advisory Board on the Information Market and has  provided expert evidence in court cases concerned with the operation of copyright law in an Internet context.  Ian is a frequent speaker and broadcaster on a range of legal topics.


Frederik Willem Grosheide


Prof. Dr. F. Willem Grosheide, Center for Intellectual Property Law, Utrecht University. He is a full professor in the field of intellectual property law, particularly copyright law. He is the director of several post graduate courses on behalf of judges, members of the bar and other practitioners in the Netherlands and abroad. He is a consultant on behalf of WIPO, advisor of the Ministry of Justice with respect to copyright and related issues and member advisory WODR, Project ISP’s duty of  care in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. He is a member of the Board  of the Netherlands Association for Copyright Law and member of the Board of the Association Literaire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI).

See for a more comprehensive curriculum vitae under Staff.


Wolfgang Schulz






Dr. Wolfgang Schulz  is the Principal  Researcher for Germany. He 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. From 1999 onwards, he functioned as deputy business director as well as head of the Hans Bredow Institute’s area of media and telecommunications, he has been a member of the board of directors since 2001. His work emphasises problems of legal regulation with regard to media contents – particularly depictions of violence -, 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 of the description of the systems of journalism and communications in systems theory. In addition, he works on the forms taken by the State’s functions, for instance, in the framework of concepts of “regulated self-regulation”.







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