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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:

Special projects

  • Expert in the Federal Parliament Hearing (Deutscher Bundestag) on the reform of German competition law in 2017 amd 2020
  • Main expert, appointed by Deutscher Juristentag, for recommendations on platform regulation for the 73rd meeting of the Deutscher Juristentag 2020/2022
  • 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 sector, 2016, expert in a parliamentary hearing on the Bayer/Monsanto merger, 2018, expert witness in the Federal Parliament’s commission on Artificial Intelligence, 2020.
  • 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)
  • Moderator of the European Competition Day 2020 (with EU Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager and Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier); speaker at the EU Commission’s 2019 conference “Shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation”; Non-Governmental Adviser to the International Competition Network (ICN); co-host of the 15th Annual Conference of Ascola, the Academic Society for Competition Law, 2020.
  • Counseling and expert advice to private parties on numerous occasions


  • Co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of European Consumer and Market Law (EuCML) (since 2012)
  • Co-editor of Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) (since 2016), responsible for the decisions section
  • Co-editor of two publication series with Nomos publishing house: „Recht und Digitalisierung / Law and Digitization“ (since 2019) and „Europäisches Wirtschaftsrecht“ (since 2017)
  • Numerous books, studies and contributions to law journals and general media


  • Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) (since 2020), of the Academic Advisory Board of Forschungsinstitut für Wirtschaftsverfassung und Wettbewerb (FIW) (since 2016), Member of the Board of the Academic Society for Competition Law (Ascola) (since 2011, Vice President since 2019), Member of the Board of the Theodor-Heuss-Stiftung (since 2011, Deputy Chairman), Member of the Advisory Board of demokratisch handeln e.V. (since 2013) and Member of the Board of the Köhler-Osbhar-Stiftung for the promotion of art and science (since 2018)
  • Member of the Faculty Council, Appointee of the Faculty for Teaching Evaluations, active in various other committees of the Faculty and the University



  • 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)

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