Prof. Dr. Ansgar Ohly LL.M.
Ansgar Ohly (born 1965) studied law at the universities of Bonn (First State Exam, 1991) and Cambridge (Trinity Hall, LL.M., 1992). As a scholar of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich, he wrote his doctoral thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Friedrich-Karl Beier, on “Case-law and General Clauses in Unfair Competition Law – Methods of Legal Reasoning in English and German Law Compared”.
After his bar exam at the Munich Court of Appeal (= Second State Exam, 1996), he was a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute from 1997 until 2001, heading the Commonwealth section of the Institute from 1998 onwards. During this period, he wrote his habilitation (= postdoctoral) thesis entitled “Volenti non fit iniuria – Consent in Private Law” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Gerhard Schricker. In the summer of 1998, he was a visiting scholar at Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley. In the summer semester of 2001, he concluded his habilitation at the University of Munich and taught at the University of Karlsruhe.
In the winter semester of 2001/02, he joined the Law and Economics Faculty of the University of Bayreuth, building up the newly established chair for Private law and Intellectual Property Law. Since the winter semester of 2003/04, he has been a member of the Faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Center and a lecturer in the master’s programme on intellectual property law (MAS IP) at the Swiss Polytechnic (ETH) at Zurich. In June 2009 he was appointed Visiting Professor by the University of Oxford. In November 2003, he was one of the representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany in the case of Caroline von Hannover v. Germany before the European Court of Human Rights. Since 2006, he has been vice speaker of the German Research Foundation (DFG) graduate school “Intellectual Property and the Commons” at the University of Bayreuth. He is also a mentor for the Max Weber Programme of the German National Scholarship Foundation.
Ansgar Ohly’s main fields of academic interest are the basic principles and the various areas of intellectual property law, the law of unfair competition and the rights of personality and privacy. He is especially interested in the comparison of civil law and common law systems.