Focus Areas

Research on legal requirements and opportunities in the use and development of algorithms and AI

Tutoring on the legal requirements relating to complex data processing activities

Research and training on the implementation of (data protection) legal requirements

Consultation on dealing with and avoiding liability risks under data protection law

Resolution of cross-border issues

Consultation on adherence to antitrust law and fair trading law and practices

Prof. Dr. Boris P. Paal, M.Jur. (Oxford)

Boris Paal is the Professor of Civil and Information Law, Data and Media Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Leipzig, Germany. He researches and teaches, advises and publishes in all areas of Private and Business Law with a special focus on Data Protection, Competition, Media, and Information Law as well as on Compliance. As an author and editor (among others of Gersdorf/Paal on Information and Media Law, and Paal/Pauly on the GDPR) he is responsible for more than 150 publications in the aforementioned domains. He regularly lectures on his fields of research and serves as an expert consultant to state institutions and private entities. He is also a visiting researcher to several eminent international universities and regularly undertakesguest lectureships abroad.

Work Experience and Education

  • Since 2021 Professor of Civil and Information Law, Data and Media Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 2009-2021 Professor for Civil and Business Law, Media Law and Information Law and Director of the Institute for Media and Information Law, Dept. I (Civil Law), University of Freiburg, School of Law, Germany. From 2012 to 2014 Dean of Studies, from 2016 to 2018 Dean of the University of Freiburg, Faculty of Law
  • Postdoc and Faculty Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in 2009: “Civil Law, Commercial and Business Law, International Private Law, and Media Law”
  • Legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Duesseldorf (Second State Examination in Law in 2003). Worked as a research assistant at leading national and international law firms
  • Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law (M.Jur.) in Oxford, Magdalen College (2001)
  • Doctorate (Dr. iur.) at the University of Constance, School of Law (2001)
  • Law studies in Tuebingen, Constance. First State Examination in Law in Constance (1999).

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Big Data und Marktmachtmissbrauch, 16. OSE-Symposium, Munich, January 2021
  • Datenschutzrechtliche Compliance, IT-Praxisforum des Deutschen Anwaltsinstituts, Munich, November 2020
  • Aktuelle Entwicklungen im Datenschutzrecht, dfv-Forum, Frankfurt a.M., November 2020
  • Data Protection and Antitrust Law: The German Cartel Office’s Facebook Case and its European Aftermath, Big Tech & Antitrust Conference, Yale Law School, October 2020
  • Artificial Intelligence as a Challenge for Data Protection Law – and vice versa, Virtual Conference: Global Perspectives on Responsible AI, Freiburg, June 2020

Representative Publications / Editorships

  • Kommentar zur Datenschutz-Grundverordnung und zum Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 3rd Edition 2021 (with Daniel Pauly)
  • Kommentar zum Informations- und Medienrecht, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 2nd Edition 2021 (with Hubertus Gersdorf)
  • Zeitschrift für Digitalisierung und Recht, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, since 2020
  • Global Privacy Law Review, Wolters Kluwer Verlag, since 2020

Commentaries

  • Art. 12-14, 15-20, 23, 36, 37-39, 40-43 Datenschutz-Grundverordnung und §§ 34-35, 55-61, 68, 70-77, 82, 85, 86 Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, in: Kommentar zur Datenschutz-Grundverordnung und zum Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, edited by Boris Paal/Daniel Pauly, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 3rd Edition 2021
  • §§ 1-3, 18-21 GWB, Art. 101-106 AEUV, in: Beck’scher Online-Kommentar zum Informations- und Medienrecht, edited by Hubertus Gersdorf/Boris Paal, C.H. Beck Verlag, Munich, since 2013

Book and Journal Articles

  • Wettbewerbsschutz in der Digitalwirtschaft, NJW 2021, 809-815 (with Lea K. Kumkar)
  • Bußgeldzumessung im Datenschutzrecht. Aktuelle Fragen und Problemkreise, RDV 2021, 71-77
  • Market Power in Data (Protection) Law, 2 GPLR (2021), 8-15

More information on Prof. Paal’s research and lectures, his publications and speaking engagements is available on his website profile at the Faculty of Law, University of Leipzig, Germany.