Professor Dr.

Michael Grünberger, LL.M. (NYU)

President of Bucerius Law School |
Claussen-Simon-Professor of Private Law and Responsive Jurisprudence

Jungiusstr. 6, 20355 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 3 07 06 - 167 (Sekretariat)


Research Focus

  • Civil Law, Commercial Law, Technology Law
  • Responsive jurisprudence as a scientific method
  • Legal issues of digitalization and building blocks of contract law for the 21st century 
  • Non-discrimination law (in analog and digital contexts)
  • Intellectual property law with a focus on copyright law

Other offices

President of Bucerius Law School (since 1 Oktober 2023)




University of Bayreuth, Germany

Professor of Civil, Commercial and Technology Law, since August 2012 (tenured)

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics, October 2022 - May 2023

Vice dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Economics, October 2020 - September 2022

Chair of the Bayreuth Graduate and Research Training Group “Intellectual Property and the Public Domain” (, from November 2012 - March 2015. (The group was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany’s largest and most prestigious independent research funding organisation, with € 540.000,- (approx. $ 700.000,-) annually. 

Visiting Professor of Civil, Commercial and Technology Law, April – August 2012

Rupprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany

Visiting Professor of Civil Law, October 2011 – March 2012

University of Cologne, Germany

Assistant Professor at the Institute for Industrial Property Rights and Copyright, August 2005 – September 2011

Fordham Law School, New York, NY

Visiting Foreign Scholar, March – April 2008

novalex/juriq, Germany

Coaching students for the first state exam (JD equivalent) in public law,
October 2005 – March 2006; April 2003 – July 2004

University of Cologne, Germany

Graduate Senior Assistant and Ph.D. student, Chair of Civil, Commercial and Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law, January 2003 – August 2004

Mayer, Brown & Platt, Germany

Freelancer, May 1999 – October 2000

University of Cologne, Germany

Graduate Assistant, Department for German Legal History, February 1999 – September 2000

University of Cologne, Germany

Student Research Assistant, Department for German Legal History, January 1995 – January 1999




University of Cologne, Faculty of Law, Germany

Habilitation (post-doctoral degree), 2011
Dr. jur. (doctorate in law), 2005

New York University, New York

Master of Laws (LL.M.), 2005 (Artur T. Vanderbilt scholarship, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship)

Landesjustizprüfungsamt [Legal State Exam Authority] Düsseldorf, Germany

Second State Examination, 2002
(Top 3 % of all participants in 2002)

Oberlandesgericht [Regional High Court] Cologne, Germany

First State Examination (J. D. equivalent), 1999
(Top 1 % of all law school graduates in North-Rhine Westfalia in 1999)

Memberships in associations


  • Board member of the Institut für Urheber- und Medienrecht e.V., Munich (Institute for Copyright and Media Law)
  • Board member of the Society of Comparative Law (since 2015-2022)
  • Co-Editor of the Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum (Intellectual Property Journal), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen (since 2014)
  • Member of the advisory council of the Gender Studies Institute at Cologne University (since 2012-2020)
  • Elected Member of the Faculty Council of the Law and Economics Department at Bayreuth University (2013-2020)
  • Hiring committee member for tenured positions at the Law and Economics Department at Bayreuth University (2012-2020)
  • Elected Member of the Faculty Council of the Law Department at the University of Cologne (2009-2011)
  • Member of the Diversity Committee of Cologne University (2008-2011)