Prof. Dr. Rupprecht Podszun


Current Position:

Holder of the Chair for Civil Law, German and European Competition Law, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf (since 10/2016); Director of the Institute for Competition Law (IKartR)

Affiliated Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich (since 2013)


Research Focus:

Competition law; focus on media and IT cases; interplay of Intellectual Property and competition law; fundamental questions of private law theory (evolutionary legal theory)


Previous Positions and Qualifications:

  • Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge, Center for Intellectual Property and Information Law (01-03/2017)
  • Professor, University of Bayreuth (Chair for Civil Law, Intellectual Property and Economic Law) (2013-2016)
  • Habilitation, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München („Wirtschaftsordnung durch Zivilgerichte“) (2012)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich (2007-2012)
  • Case Officer, Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Competition Agency), Bonn (2005-2007)
  • Dr. jur., Ludwig Maximilians Universität München („Internationales Kartellverfahrensrecht“) (2003)
  • First and second state examination in Law after studies and training in Heidelberg, London (King’s College), Munich and Geneva



  • Ars legendi-Fakultätenpreis Rechtswissenschaften 2016 (national German teaching award for law professors) and other teaching awards
  • Michael-Althen-Preis der FAZ 2015 (award for best cultural review)
  • Roman-Herzog-Forschungspreis Soziale Marktwirtschaft 2014 (award for research into the social market economy)

Further Activities:

  • Co-author of the series „Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht“  published by Nomos (since 2017)
  • Expert in the Parliament Hearing on the reform of German competition Law, 2017
  • Expert in a Hearing of the Federal Commission on media convergence, 2015, and Adviser to the Government Parties on the reform of competition law for the press industry, 2016
  • Co-author of a study for the Ministry of Economics on the enforcement of consumer law (2017)
  • Reviewer of the Law against dubious trade practices for the Federal German Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (2016/2017)
  • Member of the Board of the Academic Advisory Board of Forschungsinstitut für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb (FIW) (since 2016), the Board of the Academic Society for Competition Law (Ascola) (since 2011), the Board of the Theodor-Heuss-Stiftung (since 2011), Member of demokratisch handeln e.V. (since 2013) and the Board of the Köhler-Osbhar-Stiftung for the promotion of art and science
  • Counseling and expert advice to private parties on numerous occasions



  • Co-Editor of Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) (since 2016) and of the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law (EuCML) (since 2013)
  • Author of several books and numerous contributions to commentaries, handbooks and law journals on matters of competition, IP and contract law in German and English



German (native speaker), English (fluent), French (very good)


Prof. Dr. Rupprecht Podszun

Building: 24.91
Floor/Room: U1.24
Phone +49 211 81-11627

Office Hours

upon appointment


Sabine Schumacher

Building: 24.91
Floor/Room: U1.24
Phone +49 211 81-11627

Office Hours

Monday to Thursday
10-12 a.m.

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