Maximilian von Grafenstein


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)






Doctoral researcher



Maximilian von Grafenstein currently finishes his doctoral thesis at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society Berlin on the regulation of innovation. In his thesis, Maximilian elaborates on a fundamental rights-oriented risk assessment balancing the conflict between big data-driven innovation and the principle of purpose limitation provided for by data protection law. His legal thesis builds upon empirical data gathered in the Startup Law Clinic where he analyses together with founders of data driven-startups their product and/or business model innovations from a legal perspective. Max has been a lawyer since 2010, specialising on intellectual property (IP), media, and internet technology (IT) law. Max additionally holds a master’s degree (LL.M.) in international IP and IT law. He is a member of the legal working group of the accompanying research project SMART DATA funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, as well as of the research project Assessing Big Data (ABIDA) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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