Max von Grafenstein
Head of Research
A. von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Maximilian von Grafenstein LL.M. is head of research at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). He is also a partner at the law firm iRights.Law and runs the legal tech startup »Innovation and Law«.

Maximilian’s research focus lies on the Governance of data driven innovation. He has written his doctoral thesis about the principle of purpose in data protection laws. This thesis is based on empirical data from the HIIG Startup Law Clinic, where he has helped, in the last four years, more than 100 entrepreneurs to resolve the legal challenges they face as data driven innovators.

Max holds an additional master’s degree in international IP and IT law and is a member of several Big Data research projects funded by the German government as well as of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). He is also a legal mentor at Google Launchpad.