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Erik Tuchtfeld

Research Fellow

tuchtfeld@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

Platform Regulation; Data Protection Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; International Human Rights Law

Academic Career:

since 12/2020: Legal clerk at the Higher Regional Court, Celle, inter alia as trainee at the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

since 10/2020: LL.M. by research-student at the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security

since 09/2020: Editor at the Verfassungsblog

since 08/2020: Research Fellow at the MPIL

since 04/2019: Editor at the Völkerrechtsblog

10/2014 to 07/2020: Legal Studies at the University of Heidelberg with a special focus on Public International Law

  • Internships at the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) and the Hamburg Office of Hogan Lovells International LLP (Practice Group: Data Protection Law)
  • European Law Moot Court 2016 (2nd place at the Regional Final in Maastricht)

10/2017 to 07/2020: Student Research Assistant at the MPIL in the Ius Publicum Europaeum-project

08/2016 to 07/2017: Exchange Year at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recent Publications

  • ÖR-Examensklausur zum Versammlungsrecht und Grundrechten: Mit Megaphon und Namensschild. In: JURA - Juristische Ausbildung 2, 229-241 (2022). doi: 10.1515/jura-2020-2593 (with Laura Hering). degruyter.com
  • Referendarexamensklausur – Öffentliches Recht: Verfassungsrecht und Verwaltungsrecht – Das virtuelle Hausrecht. In: Juristische Schulung 1, 55-60 (2022) (with Laura Hering). beck-online
  • To Break Up or Regulate Big Tech? Avenues to Constrain Private Power in the DSA/DMA Package. Verfassungsblog (Symposium), Berlin/München/Heidelberg, 2021, 112 p. (editor with Heiko Richter, Marlene Straub). Open Access
  • Keine Pflicht zur Drohne. In: FAZ Einspruch, 20.08.2020. (with Florian Kriener) Open Access-Link
  • Das Recht auf Schutz der Privatsphäre im Cyberspace. In: StudZR WissOn 2, 389-419 (2018). doi: 10.11588/srzwo.2018.2.63027. Open Access
  • Zur Notwendigkeit einer Verbandsklage im AGG. In: Zeitschrift für Rechtspolitik (ZRP) 5, 139-141 (2018) (with Sarah Ponti). beck-online

Blogposts

  • Don’t shoot the Messenger: Von Telegrammen und öffentlicher Kommunikation. Verfassungsblog, 21 December 2021. Open Access
  • Doppelt zitierfähig: Ein Workflow zur persistenten Referenzierung von Wissenschaftsblogs. Verfassungsblog und Völkerrechtsblog, 10 June 2021. doi: 10.17176/20210610-192900-0 (with Evin Dalkilic, Maximilian Steinbeis, Raffaela Kunz, Christian Mathieu, Kathleen Neumann, Sebastian Hofmann). Open Access
  • Towards a European Court of Fundamental Rights: How the European Court of Justice Becomes the Last Instance of Fundamental Rights Adjudication in Europe. Verfassungsblog, 19 October 2020. doi: 10.17176/20201019-233346-0. Open Access
  • Introducing Völkerrechtsblog 3.0. Völkerrechtsblog, 14 September 2020. doi: 10.17176/20210107-184735-0 (with Raffaela Kunz, Christian Pogies). Open Access
  • Grundrechte schützen – eine grenzenlose Verpflichtung?. Völkerrechtsblog, 23 January 2020. doi: 10.17176/20200124-061640-0. Open Access
  • Marktplätze, soziale Netzwerke und die BVerfG-Entscheidung zum "III. Weg". Verfassungsblog, 26 May 2019. doi: 10.17176/20190529-122246-0. Open Access
  • Filtering fundamental rights. Völkerrechtsblog, 25 March 2019. doi: 10.17176/20190325-151801-0. Open Access
  • There is no such thing as a German ISIS fighter?. JuWiss, 06 March 2019. Open Access
  • Why International Investment Law is not violated by the GDPR. Völkerrechtsblog, 05 November 2018. doi: 10.17176/20181106-100851-0 (with Lars Borchardt). Open Access

Media

    Podcasts

    • Co-Host of the German Völkerrechtspodcast, in charge of the following episodes:

      • #1 Das Interventionsverbot – with Florian Kriener, January 08, 2021. Open Access

      • #4 Das Gewaltverbot – with Paulina Starski, April 09, 2021. Open Access

      • #7 Völkerrechtssubjektivität – with Andreas Zimmermann, July 02, 2021. Open Access

      • #10 Kritische Perspektiven auf das Völkerrecht – with Sigrid Boysen, October 01, 2021. Open Access

      • #13 Regionaler Menschenrechtsschutz – with Ximena Soley, January 07, 2022. Open Access

    • Corona Constitutional

      • #49: Ein Recht auf Anonymität im Internet – mit Ralf Poscher, October 23, 2020. Open Access

      • #53: Ein Recht auf Anonymität im Internet – mit Johannes Caspar, December 18, 2020. Open Access

    TV Appearances

    • Der Tag vom 13. Dezember 2021, Deutsche Welle. Open Access (Segment at 14:55 min)

    • zoomIN: Wird das iPhone zum spyPhone?, ZDF, September 24, 2021. Open Access

    Interviews

    • IT-Experte Erik Tuchtfeld zu eVoting: Zu komplex für die Berliner Verwaltung (Interview), Berliner Zeitung, September 29, 2021. Berliner Zeitung

Presentations

01 Mar 2021

Powerful Platforms: When the President is silenced

On January 08, 2021, in the aftermath of the Capital attack, Twitter, Facebook and other social media companies shut down the accounts of then-president Trump. In the “Referentenbesprechung”, the differing approaches by legislation and jurisprudence towards social media regulation, in particular content moderation, in the United States and in Germany were presented.

Heidelberg

Open Access

12 Oct 2020

Schrems II and the Level of Protection of the Right to Privacy outside of the European Union

In the "Referentenbesprechung", the Schrems II-decision by the ECJ was presented with regard to its legal basis, the critique of the judgment and possible perspectives for the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States. [German]

Heidelberg

Open Access

07 May 2020

Protection of Fundamental Rights - a Borderless Obligation?

Talk at the "Heidelberger Kreis", a student platform in Heidelberg organizing academic talks, about Germany's obligation to respect fundamental rights guaranteed in the German constitution in its global surveillance program. [German] Open Access

Teaching

Wintersemester 2021/22

Preparational Course for the State Exam: Public Law I

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Sommersemester 2021

Public International Law Working Group (Modules: International Organizations; Relationship between National Constitutional Law and Public International Law)

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Sommersemester 2021

Preparational Course for the State Exam: Public Law I

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Wintersemester 2020/21

Public International Law Working Group (Modules: International Organizations; Relationship between National Constitutional Law and Public International Law)

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Wintersemester 2020/21

Preparational Course for the State Exam: Public Law I

Faculty of Law, University of Heidelberg

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Transatlantic Dialogue on Surveillance Standards and Safeguards, organized by Stiftung Neue Verantwortung und Open Technology Institute, 17.05.2021 - 25.05.2021

Two-year college in social sciences by the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), member of the working group „Völkerrecht in der Krise?“ (Public International Law in Crisis), organized by Prof. Sigrid Boysen and Prof. Andreas von Arnauld, 15.09.2019 - 30.09.2021

Academy of the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), member of the working group „Zukunft der Europäischen Union“ (Future of the European Union), organized by Dr. Daniel Schade and Sophie Pornschlegel, Koppelsberg, Germany, 19.08.2018 - 25.08.2018

Academy of the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), member of the working group „Recht und Terrorismus“ (Law and Terrorism), organized by the former Judge of the ECJ, Prof. Ninon Colneric, and Prof. Sebastian Scheerer, La Colle-sur-Loup, France, 20.09.2015 - 03.10.2015

Honours

04/2015 to 09/2021: Fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

10/2014 to 03/2015: Fellow of the Foundation of the Germany Economy (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft (sdw))

Memberships

Since 12/2020: Board Member of D64 - Center for Digital Progress

Since 09/2020: Editor at the Verfassungsblog

Since 04/2019: Editor at the Völkerrechtsblog

Miscellaneous

Languages

German, English, Spanish

Sonstiges Engagement

 Since 12/2019: Open Access Ambassador

Social Media