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Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó, born in Vienna in 1968, studied law in Vienna and Paris. In 1997 he got his Dr. iur. (Dissertation in legal theory).

From 1990 to 2000 he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna (Austria); he founded and then coordinated a postgraduate programme on ICT-law in Vienna for more than 10 years.

Since 2000 he is a full Professor for Legal Informatics and IT-Law at the University of Hanover, since 2007 he is co-head of the Institute for Legal Informatics. He is responsible for the postgraduate programme on IT/IP-law "EULISP" ( www.eulisp.de ) and currently dean of students at the law school.

He has profound experience in European projects (FP 6, FP 7) and national research projects funded by public and private institutions (e. g. Google, DFB-Medien). His main research interests are focused on legal data protection, data security and intellectual property issues, specifically in the health sector. Currently, he and his group are partners in nine FP-7 projects, predominantly in the e-health domain, but also in cloud computing and social networks.

He serves as a reviewer for institutions like the European Commission, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the Austrian Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft, the "Deutscher Ethikrat" and several ministries in Germany and Austria. So far Prof. Dr. Forgó has published 10 books and more than 70 articles.