Christiane Wendehorst

German Data Ethics Commission


Christiane Wendehorst, born in 1968 in Munich, studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and the University of Cambridge (LL.M). In 1993 and 1995 she successfully passed the first and second state legal exams. 1995 she got doctorated as Dr.jur. and habilitated in 1998. After refusing the call for the Gerd-Bucerius foundation professorship at the University of Greifswald she took over the chair of civil law, medical law, international private law and comparative law at the University of Göttingen in 1999. From 2000 to 2008 she was managing director of the Deutsch-Chinesischen Instituts für Rechtswissenschaft (DCIR). Since 2008 she has been university professor at the institute of civil law at the University of Vienna. Christiane Wendehorst is among other things member of the Academia Europea, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law and the American Law Institute. During the last few years she has dedicated herself to the establishment and formation of the European Law Institute (ELI) which she is managing as president since 2017. Her research focuses on European private law, in particular contract and consumer protection law. In most recent times she is mainly involved with the challenges of digitalization (for example the internet of things, artificial intelligence, data economy, blockchain). Currently she is among other things member of an expert group of the European Commission on new technologies and co-chairwoman of the data ethics commission of the German federal government.