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Hanjo Hamann Is Named Rising Researcher of the Year 2020

Legal Scholar and Economist Wins Recognition for Outstanding Commitment to Research and Scholarship

№ 048/2021 from Mar 23, 2021

Legal scholar Dr. Dr. Hanjo Hamann has won the young talent award of the career network academics hosted by the ZEIT publishing group and has been named Rising Researcher of the Year 2020. Hamann, who holds doctorates in both law and economics, conducts research at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn and works as an adjunct lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin. He received the award in recognition of pioneering research achievements as well as for his exemplary actions and voluntary commitment to science. With his “evidence-based jurisprudence,” he established a unique approach to law that helps to integrate empirical and interdisciplinary research. The academics Rising Researcher Award comes with 5,000 euros.

Hamann’s teaching and research focuses on contract and corporate law, with a particular emphasis on digital transformation and data-driven methods. His pioneering studies combine legal questions with methods of empirical legal research, law and economics, and legal corpus linguistics. For this research Stanford Law School awarded him a graduate degree in the Science of Law, and the world association of University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS) appointed him to its Intercontinental Academia on “Laws: Complexity and Dynamics.” In addition, Hamann works with children and young people on a voluntary basis, engages in the area of copyright law (open access), and serves as an academy fellow of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

“The fascinating thing about Hanjo Hamann is that he is both an excellent lawyer and a competent language scholar. How he combines these two different disciplines to arrive at new insights has truly impressed the jury,” says Rainer Esser, Managing Director of the ZEIT publishing group.

Dr. Pao-Yu Oei, junior research group leader of the CoalExit research group at Technische Universität Berlin, was awarded second place. The CoalExit research group is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Alexander Grünberger, a junior professor of microfluidics and bioprocess development at Bielefeld University, was awarded third place.

The official award ceremony will take place on May 31, 2021, as part of the digital “Science Gala” of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, in short DHV). The academics Rising Researcher Award will be presented together with the award for the “University Professor of the Year 2021,” which this year goes to virologist Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, Director of the Institute for Virology at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and virologist Prof. Dr. Sandra Ciesek, Director of the Institute for Medical Virology at the Frankfurt am Main University Hospital.

Further Information

Press release issued by the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods: www.coll.mpg.de/214922/hamann-award


Dr. Dr. Hanjo Hamann, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Email: hamann@coll.mpg.de