Leibniz Universität Hannover

Physical Address
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Institute for Legal Informatics –
Institut für Rechtsinformatik (IRI)
Königsworther Platz 1
30167 Hannover/Germany

Contact Person
Prof. Nikolaus Forgó
LUH participates in MyHealthAvatar through the Institute of Legal Informatics (IRI) which is the oldest establishment dedicated to scientific research on legal problems of Information and Communication Technologies nationwide.

IRI undertakes research and education activities in information technology law covering the full spectrum of the discipline.

The Institute’s research includes the requirements, applications and consequences of computer usage both in the legal system and in practice. A multitude of structural and specific questions in numerous fields are investigated empirically and on an interdisciplinary basis.

Topics have included information systems in personnel, telecommunication, data protection law, international data traffic, medical data protection law, medical data in the health insurances and electronic registration.

IRIs focus will lie on identifying and creating the data protection framework for MyHealthAvatar by providing its legal and ethical expertise and experience in the fields of data protection and ethics.


  1. http://www.iri.uni-hannover.de/home.en.html

Key Publications


– Benno Barnitzke/Marcelo Corrales/Nikolaus Forgó,
Aspectos legales de la computación en la nube [Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing],
Buenos Aires: Albremática 2011, 167 pages

– Nikolaus Forgó/Regine Kollek/Marian Arning/Tina Krügel/Imme Petersen,
Ethical and Legal Requi-rements for Transnational Genetic Research,
München: Beck 2010, 141 pages


Forschen mit genetischen Daten [Research with Genetic Data]
(together with Marian Arning, Brecht Claerhout, Eva Egermann und Tina Krügel),
in: Deutsches Ärzteblatt 2011, A 518-A519

Intellectual Property Rights in e-Health: Balancing out the interests at stake ? a Herculean task?
(together with Marcelo Corrales, Eva Egermann, Tina Krügel),
in: Sylvia M. Kierkegaard (ed.), Legal Discourse in Cyberlaw and Trade), 2009, S. 307 -321

Data protection in grid-based multicentric clinical trials: killjoy or confidence-building measure?
(together with Marian Arning und Tina Krügel),
in: Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 2009 Nr. 367, S. 2729-2739

A Data Protection Framework for Transeuropean genetic research projects,
(together with Brecht Claerhout, Tina Krügel, Marian Arning, Georges De Moor),
in: Etienne De Clercq/Georges De Moor/Joseph Bellon/Michel Foulon/Johan van der Lei (editors), Collaborative Patient Centred eHealth – Proceedings of the HIT@HealthCare 2008 joint event: 25th MIC Congress, 3rd International Congress Sixi, Special ISV-NVKVV Event, 8th Belgian eHealth Symposium. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, Volume 141, Amsterdam 2008, 67-72

Post-genomic clinical trials – the perspective of ACGT,
in: http://www.ecancermedicalscience.com/
(together with Norbert Graf, Christine Desmedt and others)

Datenschutzrecht bei Genforschungsprojekten als erfolgsbestimmender Faktor [Data Protection as a Critical Factor in Genetic Research]
(together with Marian Arning und Tina Krügel),
in: Juridikum 4/2007, 214-219

Verraten unsere Gene zu viel? Ein Datenschutzkonzept für Genforschungsprojekte [Do our Genes tell too much? A Privacy Concept for Genetic Research]
(together with Marian Arning und Tina Krügel),
in: G+G Wissenschaft 4/2007, 23-31

Datenschutzrechtliche Aspekte der Forschung mit genetischen Daten [Data Protection Aspects of Research with Genetic Data]
(together with Marian Arning und Tina Krügel),
in: DUD [Data Protection and Data Security] 2006, 700-705

Datenschutzrechtliche Aspekte bei der Forschung mit menschlichen Genen [Data Protection Aspects in Medical Genetic Research]
(together with Marian Arning und Tina Krügel),
in: Christian Hochberger, Rüdiger Liskowsky (editors): Informatik 2006 – Informatik für Menschen, Band 1, Beiträge der 36. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), 2.-6. Oktober 2006 in Dresden, 702-708