Prof. Dr. Karl-Nikolaus Peifer

Director Institute for Media Law
University of Cologne


Karl-Nikolaus Peifer is the Director of the Institute for Media Law and Communications Law of the University of Cologne and Director of the Institute for Broadcasting Law at the University of Cologne. He studied law, economics and romanic languages at the of Universities of Trier, Bonn, Hamburg and Kiel. In 2003 he was appointed to be a judge at the Court of Appeals in Hamm/Germany, in 2013 at the Court of Appeals in Cologne. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois in 2009 and at the University of California at Berkeley from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 he was among the experts heard during the sessions of the Parliamentary Commission “Internet und Digital Society”. His main fields of research are Intellectual Property and Media Law.