Professor Dr. Thomas Dreier
Thomas Dreier, Dr. jur. (Munich), M.C.J. (NYU), is Professor of Law at the University of Karlsruhe/Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, where he is the Director of the Institute for Information Law, and Honorary Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Freiburg. His main focus is coypright law and new technologies.
In spring 2002 and 2004, Prof. Dreier was Global Visiting Professor of Law at the New York University, School of Law. In 2008, he was visiting Professor at the NYU/National University of Singapore. Before joining the University of Karlsruhe, Prof. Dreier has been working at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law (now MPI for Intellectual Property and Competition Law), Munich, Germany (1983-1999). Prof. Dreier was a consultant to the EU Commission on copyright questions regarding cable and satellite in the course of drafting directive 93/83/EEC (1990-93) as well as a Member of the Advisory Panel on Intellectual Property of the Steering Committee of the Mass Media of the Council of Europe (2002-2005); he also was a Member of the German Governmental Delegation at the Diplomatic Conference for the Conclusion of an International Treaty on the Protection of Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits, Washington, D.C. (1989). In 1985, Prof. Dreier, who was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984, worked as an associate with the New York firm of Radon & Ishizumi.
On various occasions, Prof. Dreier has lectured on civil law and copyright law at the Universities of Munich, Toulouse and St.Gallen. He is vice-president of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI) and vice-chairman of ALAI's German national group.
He also chairs the copyright expert group of the German Association of Industrial Property and Copyright (GRUR). Prof. Dreier also acts as Executive Secretary of the German Computer Law Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik, DGRI). Also, Prof. Dreier is Co-editor of the legal periodical "Computer und Recht International" and the series of monographs "Information und Recht".