Gottfried Wilhlem Leibniz Universitaet Hannover

The Institute of Legal Informatics (IRI) of the Leibniz University of Hannover is the oldest establishment dedicated to scientific research on legal problems of Information and Communication Technologies at a German University.

The Institute's research includes the requirements, applications and consequences of computer usage both in the legal system and in practice. A multitude of structural and specific questions in numerous fields (above all with regard to economic considerations) are investigated empirically and on an interdisciplinary basis. Topics have included information systems in personnel, telecommunication, data protection law, international data traffic, medical data protection law, medical data in the health insurances, electronic registration as well as the development of a comprehensive database for the law regarding public procurement and the creation of an innovative Data Protection Framework for EURECA, that enables researchers to share their data, but protects the privacy of the data subjects as well.


The Univeristy's focus will lie on identifying and creating the data protection framework for EURECA. Main attention will be attributed to the implementation of the necessary security infrastructure as well as the ethical implications and requirements of the legal framework. In this respect informed consent forms will be drafted to ensure patients are properly informed about their rights and to secure those rights. Accordingly, mainly the Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data will be revised and considered. As a result, the necessary data protection framework will be established. It will be developed as a useful tool for the Partners in order to conduct the research in compliance with relevant laws and will allow to balance interest of the patients data safety and the development of the project itself.