Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), Germany
Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI)
The Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI), part of the LUH’s School of Law and the L3S Research Centre, was established in 1983 and is the first Institute dedicated to scientific research on all issues of Information and Communication Technologies at a German University. With currently more than 40 staff, IRI is one of Europe’s largest institutions in the field of IT and Law, and is actively involved in about 10 European research projects with a focus on data protection, data security and intellectual property, which are also core of IRI’s research activities. Nikolaus Forgó has been leading IRI since 2008, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Christian Heinze.
The L3S Research Centre, also part of the LUH, focuses on fundamental and application-oriented research in all areas of Web Science and has a focus on computer science. L3S researchers develop new methods and technologies that enable intelligent, seamless access to information via the Web; link individuals and communities in all areas of the knowledge society, including academia and education; and connect the Internet to the real world. Since 2008, the L3S has been involved in 12 EU projects as part of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme, four of them (LivingKnowledge, Okkam, EUWB and EERQI) integrated projects, as well as the STELLAR Network of Excellence.