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Yoan Hermstrüwer

Yoan Hermstrüwer, Prof. Dr. Dr.

  • Legal Tech‚ Law and Economics‚ and Public Law

Yoan Hermstrüwer is Assistant Professor of Legal Tech, Law and Economics, and Public Law at the University of Zurich. In his research projects, he uses experimental and empirical methods to investigate how law and institutions affect individual and collective behavior. In recent projects, he is primarily concerned with the question of the preconditions and legal implications of fair matching and machine learning algorithms. Methodologically, these projects are interdisciplinary at the intersection of law, economics, and computer science.

Yoan Hermstrüwer has been a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School, a Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, and a Lecturer at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Since 2023, he has been a Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Common Goods.

He completed his law studies at the Universities of Freiburg i.Br., Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) and Bonn with a Licence en droit and the First State Examination. Subsequently, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Common Goods. In his jurisprudential dissertation, he reconstructed, among other things, the limits of consent under data protection law with the help of experimental methods. His Second State Examination was followed by a doctorate in economics with an experimental economic and empirical study of the design of public markets.

Research interests

  • Fair Algorithms
  • (Experimental) Law and Economics
  • Empirical Legal Studies