Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Full Professor (Visiting)
Programme Area Director for Public Governance & Sustainable Development

Prof. Jürgen Simon, with for 40 years of academic experience, is a Guest scholar at the Law University Hanoi in Vietnam, Head of the Institute of Law at the University of Lüneburg, Chair of the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine and former Head of the innovation and cooperation department at Siemens Healthcare. He has also held positions at CERN and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. His research focuses on themes relating to Law and Biotechnology, Environmental Law, Economics and New Information Technologies. He is the author of many books and articles in these areas.

Professional Activities

  • Tenured Full Professor of Civil Law, Economic Law and Environmental Law at Leuphana University in Lower-Saxony, Economic Faculty 
  • Member of CELLS/Medical University Hannover and worked at the University of London. Director of the Institute of Law at the University of Lüneburg since 1989
  • Head of the Research Centre of Biotechnology and Law
  • Head of the European Academy of Environment and Economy in Lünebur
  • Head of the “Further Education in Environment, Management and Law” at the University of Lüneburg
  • Co-organisator of the further education course (M.A.) “Bio-conflict Management (with Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Knoepffler, Head of the Ethics Institute Jena)
  • Director of the Academy Finance, Insurance & Law in Hamburg
  • Director of the Bioethics Law e.V.
  • Assistant Professor at the Universities of Freiburg (Roman and Civil Law) and Munich (Economic History, 1973-1979)
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Hannover (1980-1988)
  • Founder and Director of the Institute of Law and the Faculty of Environmental Science at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Research Fellowship at the New University of Lisbon/Portugal (2009-2010) and the University of London/United Kingdom (2011-2013)
  • Member of the Institute of the Medical University Hannover “Center of Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences” since 2009
  • Member of the “Global Applied Ethics Network”, an international network of professional experts in applied ethics from a variety of disciplines (as Prof. Julian Savalescu/Oxford, Xiao Wen/Zhejiang, Takeshi Nakazawa/Tokyo, Tom Beauchamp/Georgetown and Stephan Sonnenberg/Harvard) since 2009