Prof. Dr. Herbert Zech

Director, Principal Investigator

Herbert Zech habilitated in Bayreuth. From 2012, he worked at the University of Basel, initially as Extraordinarius for Private Law with a focus on Life Sciences Law, and since 2015 as Full Professor for Life Sciences Law and Intellectual Property Law. In April 2019, he moved to the Humboldt University of Berlin to the Chair of Civil Law, Technology and IT Law. The professorship is linked to the position of director at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Herbert Zech will be affiliated with the Institute for Computer Science of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the form of a secondary membership.

Herbert Zech also studied biology after his bar exam. Following on from this, he is particularly interested in the connection between the natural sciences and law. His main areas of expertise are technology law and intellectual property law. He is currently working on legal problems of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, among others.




Weizenbaum-Institut e.V.
  • Positions

    Director Weizenbaum-Institut e.V.

    Principal Investigator (PI):

    Since 15 September 2022: Research Group “Norm Setting and Decision Processes

    Until 14 September 2022: Research Group “Shifts in Norm Setting

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  • Committees and functions
    • Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Chair of Civil Law, Technology and IT Law
    • Member of the Center for Intellectual Property Law Information & Technology (CIPLITEC)
    • Board Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik e. V. (DGRI)
    • Member of the German-Italian Lawyers’ Association (DIJV)
    • Member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR), Chair of the Expert Committee for Data Law
    • Member of Deutscher Juristentag e. V.
    • Member of the European Intellectual Property Teachers' Network (EIPTN)
    • Member of the European Law Institute (ELI)
    • Member of Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung e.V.
    • Co-editor of Heymanns Schriften zum Patentrecht (HSP) (Heymann's writings on patent law)
    • Member of the Swiss Association for Intellectual Property Law (INGRES)
    • Member of Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Geistiges Eigentum der Universität Mannheim e. V. (IZG)
    • Member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)
    • Member of the Swiss Society for Liability and Insurance Law (SGHVR)
    • Member of the inter-university graduate college “Recht der Informationsgesellschaft” (Law of the Information Society)
    • Co-editor of the Intellectual Property Journal (IPJ) / Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum (ZGE)
    • Member of Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung e. V. (ZLV)