Niklas works as Case and Policy Officer for the Oversight Board, where he specialises on the human rights implications of automated content moderation. Niklas is also a Ph.D. candidate in the doctoral programme "Unity and Difference in the European Legal Area" at Humboldt University and at the University of Leipzig. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His research at the ISP focused on Big Data, digital surveillance, manipulation and constitutional law. He recently published the article “Beyond Automation” in the Stanford Technology Law Review (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3979840).
Niklas previously held a position as research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Mattias Wendel, University of Leipzig. He has worked for Christian Calliess at the Free University Berlin, for the Member of the German Parliament Christian Flisek, the law firm Gleiss Lutz in Berlin and for Peer Zumbansen at the Transnational Law Institute at King’s College London. He graduated from the European Law School at Humboldt University Berlin, received a Master's degree at Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas and a LL.M. at King’s College London. Besides his academic work, he publishes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.