Dennis-Kenji Kipker studied Legal Sciences with an emphasis on Informatics and Digitization at the University of Bremen, Germany. His legal training was supported by a Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German Academic Scholarship Foundation).
Since 2011, he has been working as a Researcher at the Institute for Information, Health and Medical Law (IGMR) in Bremen, since 2016 as the Research Managing Director of the institute. Following the invitation of the Waseda University Tokyo, Dr. Kipker was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Waseda Graduate School of Law (2017), Guest Researcher at the University of California (UCLA, Los Angeles) in 2018, Visiting Professor at the People’s Friendship University of Russia in Moscow (2018 and 2019) and works as Legal Advisor at the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2019, Dr. Kipker is also maintaining a research cooperation with the Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam.
His research interests focus on the interface between law and technology, particularly on transnational IT Security Law, Cyber Law, Data Protection Law, Police Law and Intelligence Agency Law. Due to his dissertation entitled “Informational Freedom and National Security: Legal Challenges of New Surveillance Technologies” (published in 2016) he received the first prize of the doctoral award presented by the Bremen Senator for Justice and the Constitution. The dissertation was moreover nominated for the Deutscher Studienpreis (German Thesis Award) 2016 of the Körber-Stiftung, Hamburg.
Apart from his work at the IGMR, Dr. Kipker is also a co-opted member of the DFG Graduate College 1681 “Privacy” at the University of Passau, Executive Board Member of the European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID) in Berlin and Member of the Standardisation Committee VDE/AK 716.0.1 “Home and Building Electronic Systems (HBES) – IT-Security and Dataprotection – Requirements” on Technical Data Protection.
He teaches Product Liability Law at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven and works as a Lecturer for IT Security and Data Protection Law at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the University of Bremen (Laureate of the Berninghausen Award 2017 for excellent academic teaching), the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Stuttgart and the Lutheran University of Applied Sciences Nuremberg. Since 2019, Dr. Kipker is also teaching the module “International and European IT Security and Data Protection Law” at the Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia. He also received a lectureship “Data Protection & Ethics” at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) in Potsdam. Since 2020, Dennis Kipker is a guest professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre/Brazil, and teaches IT Law at the Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Furthermore, Dr. Kipker acted as a consultant for several institutions and research projects such as the Human Brain Project and the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party of the European Commission, as well as for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (unicri), and maintains a research cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on cybersecurity issues. Dr. Kipker also provides expert reports and opinions to several institutions, such as the German Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry of Finance in questions of IT Security, the Max Planck Society (MPG) in Data Protection matters, and also the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), as well as the German Corporation for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) India, China and Brazil. Dennis-Kenji Kipker offers international management consulting services as Executive Director of Certavo GmbH, situated in Bremen.