Nikolas Guggenberger

Resident Fellow


Nikolas Guggenberger is a postdoctoral associate at the Information Society Project. He is also the RWTÜV foundation assistant professor of IT law at the University of Münster School of Law and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

As a fellow at ISP, Nikolas focusses on the intersection of law and technology, specifically fintech, platform regulation, the automation of law, and the future of private law. Nikolas is especially interested in the potential of blockchain technology and algorithmic governance. He has taught contract, information, EU, consumer protection, copyright, and data protection.

Prior to his current appointments, Nikolas served as policy advisor to Jakob von Weizsäcker at the European Parliament in Brussels, working in the field of banking and financial markets regulation as well as monetary and economic policy (2014-16). He contributed to the European Parliament’s first resolution on virtual currencies and the negotiations on a banking structural reform regulation. From 2010-12, Nikolas clerked at the district court of Freiburg, Germany. In parallel to his doctoral research, he worked as a teaching assistant and research associate at the Institute for Media and Information Law at the University of Freiburg.

Nikolas holds law degrees from Stanford Law School (LL.M., 2014) and the University of Freiburg, School of Law (JD-equivalent, 2010). Additionally, he obtained a doctorate in law from the University of Freiburg, School of Law (Dr. iur., 2014) with a thesis on “Network Neutrality: General Principle and Antitrust Abuse Control” (published as: “Netzneutralität: Leitbild und Missbrauchsaufsicht”). Nikolas is admitted to the State Bar of California (inactive).