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Hacker, Philipp

Professor of Law and Ethics of the Digital Society

European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), European New School of Digital Studies, Germany


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2016/2017

Ph.D. Institution

Humboldt University , Germany


Philipp Hacker, LL.M. (Yale), is a Max Weber Fellow at the EUI and an Associate Member of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at UCL, where he is a principal investigator in a research initiative on “Digital Currencies, Digital Finance and the Constitution of a New Financial Order”. His general research interests include (behavioral) law and economics, Big Data, contract law, company law, securities regulation, private law theory, legal philosophy, as well as mathematical approaches to the legal arena.
Philipp studied law, philosophy and German literature at the universities of Munich, Salamanca, and at the Yale Law School. In February 2016, he completed his PhD in law on “Behavioral Economics and Normativity” summa cum laude at Humboldt University of Berlin; the thesis won the Humboldt Law Faculty Dissertation Award. A particular focus of the dissertation rests on the development of behaviorally informed alternatives to the disclosure paradigm in private law.
In the beginning of 2016, Philipp started a new large-scale research project on principles of economic regulation for the digital economy that will deal with the opportunities and challenges digital technologies such as Big Data and Blockchain hold for the law. As a Max Weber Fellow, he will put particular emphasis on advancing this project. More precisely, he will investigate the ambivalence of algorithms in legal contexts, i.e., regulation of and with algorithms.
Philipp is the co-author of "FairEconomy - Crises, Culture, Competition and the Role of Law" (with Wolfgang Fikentscher and Rupprecht Podszun, Springer, 2013), a book on the post-financial crisis global economic regime. He has also published articles on company law and securities regulation, on behavioral law and economics and on Big Data with OUP, Edward Elgar and in international journals.
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