Prof. Dr. Dornis, LL.M., J.S.M.
Chair for Private Law, International Private and Economic Law, and Comparative Law
Tim W. Dornis holds the Chair in Private Law, International Private and Economic Law, and Comparative Law at Leuphana Law School. He joined the faculty in 2012.
He studied law and economics in Germany (Tübingen) and in the United States (Columbia University, LL.M. (James Kent Scholar) and Stanford Law School, J.S.M.). Before joining Leuphana’s faculty, Professor Dornis spent several years practicing in an international law firm and as a civil-law judge in Germany. From August until December 2011, he was a Hauser Global Fellow at New York University School of Law.
His habilitation thesis (University of Zurich, Switzerland) has been published by Cambridge University Press under the title Trademark and Unfair Competition Conflicts: Historical-Comparative, Doctrinal, and Economic Perspectives as part of the publisher’s Intellectual Property and Information Law Series.
Professor Dornis is admitted to practice law in New York (USA) and is a member of the German-American Lawyers’ Association, the German-Australian-Pacific Lawyers Association, the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, and the Association for Comparative Law (Gesellschaft für Rechtsvergleichung e.V.).
December 2015: Call (offer of a tenured position) for post as a professor of law (chair for Private Law, European and International Commercial Law), University of Leipzig (Juristenfakultät)
May 2014: Habilitation at the University of Zurich Law School, Zurich/Switzerland; Venia legendi awarded for private law, international private law, comparative law, trade law, economic law, and intellectual property law
August 2011 until December 2011: Global Fellow from Practice & Government at the Hauser Global Law School Program of NYU School of Law, New York/USA; faculty sponsor: Barton Beebe
since August 2011: Professor of Law at Leuphana Law School, Lüneburg/Germany
August 2008 until July 2009: SPILS Fellow at Stanford Law School, Stanford/USA; research scholarship awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG); faculty supervisor: Mark A. Lemley
July 2006 until July 2011: Judge and public prosecutor (IP, banking, and insurance law) at the District Court of Stuttgart/Germany, and in the Department of Justice
July 2004 until June 2006: Attorney-at-law in the IP and litigation department, Gleiss Lutz Lawyers, Stuttgart/Germany
November 2004: Ph.D. awarded, University of Tübingen/Germany; topic: Kaufpreiszahlung auf Notaranderkonto; supervisor: Wolfgang Ernst (highest distinction: summa cum laude)
August 2003 until June 2004: senior research associate, University of Augsburg/Germany
August 2002 until July 2003: Columbia University, New York/USA, LL.M. (highest distinction: James Kent Scholar); bar exam (attorney-at-law), New York/USA
October 2001 until July 2002: research associate, University of Tübingen
October 1999 until October 2001: practical training (Referendariat) at the District Court of Tübingen/Germany; stages inter alia with Clayton Utz Lawyers, Sydney/Australia
October 2001:Second state exam (bar equivalent) at the Circuit Court (OLG) of Stuttgart/Germany (result: top 1% state wide)
April 1995 until June 1999: Studies of law and economics; First State Exam (J.D. equivalent), University of Tübingen (result: top 1% state wide)
European and international private law (conflict of laws); intellectual property law; law & economics; law & society
Admission and Membership
Attorney-at-law, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
German-American Lawyers Association (DAJV)
German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
German-Australian-Pacific Lawyers Association (DAPJV)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
German Society for Comparative Law
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