Farewell Lukas Landerer

From Doctoral Researcher to Lawyer in the Field of Public Law

October 02, 2023

Doctoral Researcher Lukas Landerer has embarked on a new challenge: he is joining the Freiburg-based law firm W2K as a lawyer.

Lukas Landerer was one of the first doctoral researchers to join the newly established Department of Public Law headed by Professor Dr. Ralf Poscher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. Prior to joining the MPI-CSL, he completed his legal traineeship in Freiburg while also working for Professor Poscher when they were both still at the University of Freiburg.

In his doctoral thesis “Mass Surveillance of Financial Data - Monitoring and Data Retention” Lukas analyzes whether the European Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) framework violates fundamental privacy rights. As a doctoral researcher, Lukas also addressed another contemporary challenge for the effective protection of fun­damental rights: he contributed to the long-term monitoring project “Periodic Surveillance Barometer for Germany”. By identifying and quantifying the cumulative impact on privacy of surveil­lance activities undertaken by security and prosecution agencies, the surveillance barometer measures and assesses the actual status of surveillance in Germany. The transparency instrument became operational in 2022.

Lukas looks back on productive and rewarding years at the Institute: “Throughout the many years I’ve been working for Professor Poscher, I always enjoyed the positive atmosphere in our academic departments and tried to engage myself as much as possible – recently even as a member of the works council – to foster this spirit of mutual interest, togetherness, and warmth. Being part of this Institute was a brilliant experience that offered so many insights, new acquaintances, and new ideas – it gave me the opportunity to grow professionally as a legal scholar and as a person. I am now leaving the academic world with a smile in one eye and a tear in the other, having chosen to become a lawyer in the field of public law. Yet, I will continue to live and work in Freiburg and hope to stay in touch with my close personal and professional contacts at the Institute, whom I have grown so fond of.”

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