Dr. Dr. Hanjo Hamann

Hanjo Hamann, Foto: Bernd Brundert/Land der Ideen

Senior Research Fellow, Open Access Ambassador
Contact Information
+49 228 91416-126

Research Focus

I study Contracts and Corporations from an Empirical Legal Studies perspective. This includes, for example, Legal Corpus Linguistics, Behavioral Economics, Networks and Complexity, and Legislative Theory. I am committed to open research practices and contribute to Open Data initiatives, trying to advance Open Access to research and knowledge.

Academic Positions


Academic Education

  • 2013-2015: Doctoral student (Economics), University of Jena
  • 2013-2015: Law clerk (Referendar) in Erfurt, Speyer, Leipzig, Tübingen and Pretoria
  • 2010-2013: Doctoral student (Law), University of Bonn / IMPRS Uncertainty
  • 2010 Law Degree, J.D. equivalent (Erstes Staatsexamen), Hamburg, Germany

Academic Theses (Qualifikationsschriften)

reviewed (in German) by Rath, Legal Tribune Online 2015; Lieder/Hoffmann, Die Aktiengesellschaft 2015, 171; Braun Binder, Die Öffentliche Verwaltung 2015, 384; Rottleuthner, Juristenzeitung 2016, 86; Ekhardt, Rechtsphilosophie 2016, 110

analysis in part extended in: 11 New Journal for Insolvency Law and Turnaround (NZI) 2008, 667; 12 Journal for the Entire Law of Insolvency (ZInsO) 2009, 264

Publications in German 

Selected Publications in English

Vogel F., Hamann H., Gauer I., Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics: Corpus Analysis as a New Tool for Legal Studies, Law & Social Inquiry (LSI), vol. 43, forthcoming 2018.

Hamann H., Vogel F., Evidence-Based Jurisprudence meets Legal Linguistics. Unlikely Blends Made in Germany, Brigham Young University Law Review (BYU L. Rev.), vol. 43, forthcoming 2017

Hamann H., Open Access in German Legal Academia. Challenges and Perspectives, blogdroiteuropéen 25 Oct 2017

Hamann H., Vogel F., The Fabric of Language and Law. Towards an International Research Network for Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²) (special issue introduction), International Journal of Language & Law (JLL), vol. 6, pp. 101–109, 2017

Hamann H., Vogel F., Gauer I., Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²), pp. 195–198 in: Bex/Villata (Eds.), Legal Knowledge and Information Systems. JURIX 2016: The Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2016

Engel C., Hamann H., The Hog Cycle of Law Professors. An Econometric Time Series Analysis of the Entry-level Job Market in Legal Academia, PLOS ONE, vol. 11, no. 7, e0159815, 2016

Vogel F., Hamann H., Stein D., Abegg A., Biel Ł., Solan L. M., "Begin at the beginning": Lawyers and Linguists Together in Wonderland, The Winnower, vol. 3, no. 4919, 2016

Fischer S., Goerg S. J., Hamann H., Cui Bono, Benefit Corporation? An Experiment Inspired by Social Enterprise Legislation in Germany and the US, Review of Law & Economics (RLE), vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 79-110, 2015.

Hamann H., Unpacking the Board: A Comparative and Empirical Perspective on Groups in Corporate Decision-Making, Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ), vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-54, 2014.

Rieder L., Hamann H., Student Participation in Legal Education in Germany and Europe, German Law Journal (GLJ), vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 1095–1112, 2009.