Prof. Dr. Tim W. Dornis, J.S.M. (Stanford)


Prof. Dr. Tim W. Dornis, J.S.M. (Stanford)


Tim W. Dornis holds the  Chair of Private Law and Intellectual Property Law at the Leibniz University Hannover. 

Research Focus
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European private and commercial law
  • Comparative law and legal economics
  • Artificial intelligence and digitalization

For a list of Tim W. Dornis’ publications, please  follow this link.

Curriculum Vitae

Since November 2021: Professor of law at Leibniz University, Hannover/Germany

June 2021 – August 2022: Fellow (non-resident) of the Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, Stanford Law School, Stanford/USA

since 2021: Honorary professor at Zurich University (Switzerland)

May 2018: Scholar-in-residence at NYU School of Law’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law, New York/USA

since Spring 2018: NYU School of Law (New York), Global Professor of Law at the “NYU Law in Paris” program

since May 2016: Visiting professor at the Università di Verona (Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche), Verona/Italy

December 2015: Call (offer of a tenured position) for post as a professor of law (chair of Private Law, European and International Commercial Law), University of Leipzig (Juristenfakultät)

May 2014: Habilitation at the University of Zurich Law School, Zurich/Switzerland; Venia legendi awarded for private law, international private law, comparative law, trade law, economic law, and intellectual property law

August 2011 until December 2011: Global Fellow from Practice & Government at the Hauser Global Law School Program of NYU School of Law, New York/USA; faculty sponsor: Barton Beebe

August 2011 – October 2021: Professor of Law at Leuphana Law School, Lüneburg/Germany

August 2008 until July 2009: SPILS Fellow at Stanford Law School, Stanford/USA; research scholarship awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); faculty supervisor: Mark A. Lemley

July 2006 until July 2011: Judge and public prosecutor (IP, banking, and insurance law) at the District Court of Stuttgart/Germany, and in the Department of Justice

July 2004 until June 2006: Attorney-at-law in the IP and litigation department, Gleiss Lutz Lawyers, Stuttgart/Germany

November 2004: Ph.D. awarded, University of Tübingen/Germany; topic: Kaufpreiszahlung auf Notaranderkonto; supervisor: Wolfgang Ernst (highest distinction: summa cum laude)

August 2003 until June 2004: senior research associate, University of Augsburg/Germany

August 2002 until July 2003: Columbia University, New York/USA, LL.M. (highest distinction: James Kent Scholar); bar exam (attorney-at-law), New York/USA

October 2001 until July 2002: research associate, University of Tübingen

October 1999 until October 2001: practical training (Referendariat) at the District Court of Tübingen/Germany; stages inter alia with Clayton Utz Lawyers, Sydney/Australia

October 2001:Second state exam (bar equivalent) at the Circuit Court (OLG) of Stuttgart/Germany (result: top 1% state wide)

April 1995 until June 1999: Studies of law and economics; First State Exam (J.D. equivalent), University of Tübingen (result: top 1% state wide)

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