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Academia & Education

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó

Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna


Nikolaus Forgó has completed his legal studies in Vienna and Paris. He is the Founder and Head of the Postgraduate Program for Information- and Media Law at the University of Vienna. He is the Professor for IT- and IP Law at the University of Vienna, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law

Nikolaus has also held several positions at the Leibniz University, Hannover from 2000-2017. These include being a Professor and Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics, the Director of the Research Center L3s, Data Protection Officer of the University and the Chief Information Officer of the University.

Since March 2017, he has been a member of the Digitalisation Council of Lower Saxony. He has been an expert member of the Data Protection Council of the Republic of Austria since July 2018.

Nikolaus has carried out extensive dogmatic and third-party funded research for European, German and Austrian clients regarding questions of IT law, in particular data protection and data security law. Evaluation and consulting activities i.a. for the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, the German Ethics Council as well as various German and Austrian ministries.