With the lecture series, "Hamburg Colloquia on Media and Telecommunications Law", the Institute would like above all to extend and institutionalise its contacts to practitioners. Regular discussions on current legal questions take place with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg, with the working party on law at [email protected] and with a range of private partners.
The overture event on 26 January 2004 concerned the revision of telecommunications law and offered a particularly well-qualified speaker in the person of the President of the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Post, Matthias Kurth. The international commercial and corporate law practice Allen & Overy was joint organiser. In cooperation with the law practice Taylor Wessing, a further event on 18 April 2005 concerned "New Developments in the Area of Data Protection in the Media", with a talk by Peter Schaar, the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and chairperson of the EU Data Protection Working Party, on Article 29 of the European Community Data Protection Directive. “Protection of Personality and Media Freedom between the European Convention on Human Rights and the Basic Constitutional Law” was the title of an event run together with the law practice Lovells on 23 March 2006, in the context of which Prof. Dr. Dieter Grimm, retired judge of the Federal Constitutional Court, Professor of Public Law at the Humboldt University Berlin and Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin (College for Advanced Studies, Berlin), gave a talk.
On 23 January 2008, the Institute held an event on the topic "Chances and Limits of State Regulation of virtual Worlds" in the context of the "Hamburg Colloquia on Media and Telecommunications Law". Prof. Dr. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University and Affiliate Professor at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, gave a paper. The content of this then carried over into a workshop, with a subsequent podium discussion, taking the topic of "Real Law and Virtual Worlds? – An Obstacle to or a Precondition in Deploying the social and economical Potential?" on 28 May 2008 in Berlin in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (see above).