Dirk Hartung

Executive Director of the Center for Legal Technology and Data Science

Dirk Hartung is an alumnus of Bucerius Law School (Class of 2013). From 2015 to 2017, he was Chief of Staff at Bucerius Law School and oversaw, inter alia, all of its Legal Technology projects. From 2017 to 2020, he was Executive Director Legal Technology and led the corresponding department at Bucerius Law School. When this department was made into a research center in 2020, he became Executive Director of the Center for Legal Technology and Data Science. Dirk has been a Non-Residential Fellow at CodeX – the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics at Stanford Law School since 2020.

Dirk Hartung has developed and mostly (co-)taught the technology curriculum at Bucerius Law School. This curriculum comprises the Legal Technology Lecture Series and the Technology Certificate (German website), which consists of introductory classes in Computer Science, Statistics, Programming, and Ethics, as well as a hands-on workshop. Since 2018, Dirk has been Academic Director of the Summer Program Legal Technology and Operations. He supervises bachelor’s and master’s theses in computer science and law. Dirk regularly publishes on the subject of the digitalization of legal education and on digital teaching.

His normative scholarship focuses on Legal Technology in the areas of professional law as well as comparative law and civil law. Dirk is also the responsible scholar for HILANO (German website), a consortium project that focuses on automatic anonymization of legal and medical documents with a human-in-the-loop approach. HILANO is funded through a grant by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). His other research interests include quantitative legal studies, legal informatics, data science and natural language processing in the legal domain.

In a joint effort with the Center on the Legal Profession and The Boston Consulting Group, Dirk regularly publishes analyses of the legal market, e.g. about Legal Technology (2016) and Legal Operations (2018).

Dirk is a co-founder of the European Legal Technology Association and the Hamburg Chapter of Legal Hackers. He regularly speaks at universities, law firms, and legal departments and communicates the results of his scholarship to academic and industry audiences.