Konrad Duden habilitated through the University of Hamburg

July 26, 2021

Konrad Duden, a senior research fellow at the Institute, habilitated through the University of Hamburg in July 2021, obtaining his venia legendi in the subjects of civil law, conflict of laws, international civil procedure, civil procedure, and comparative law.

Duden’s habilitation monograph addresses connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). By locking or blocking some crucial piece of device-integral software or access to the cloud, the providers of such devices have the means to prevent the device from being used. Beginning with the premise that users of such devices therefore remain dependent on the provider, Duden examines what protections a user’s ownership or possession of a connected device offers when the device’s use depends on a network or a software. And looking ahead, the question arises, What does property law mean, and what is its significance, in an increasingly digital world?

Privatdozent Dr. Konrad Duden, LLM (Cambridge), studied chemistry and law at the universities of Munich, Heidelberg, and Bilbao. He earned a master’s degree at Cambridge University and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg in 2015. His dissertation on surrogate motherhood in private international law and international civil procedure was commended with (among other things) the German Society of International Law’s Gerhard Kegel Prize as well as an Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society. He passed the Second State Exam after stints at Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court and the European Commission. He teaches at the University of Hamburg and has been a “future faculty” [Zukunftsfakultät] member of the Recht im Kontext-project at Berlin’s Humboldt University since 2018.

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