Hanjo Hamann, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods


Hanjo Hamann is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, and visiting lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) at Mannheim University.

He is a principal investigator of the CAL² Research Group on Computer-Assisted Legal Linguistics (www.cal2.eu) and an elected spokesperson of Junior Fellows at the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, as well as a Fellow at the Young ZiF (Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld). His research interests include Contracts and Corporations, particularly from an Empirical Legal Studies perspective, thus exploring Legal Corpus Linguistics, Behavioral Economics, Networks and Complexity, and Legislative Theory.

He is also interested in the effects of digitalization on science and society, especially promoting Open Access to research and knowledge by serving as an Open Access Ambassador of the Max Planck Society, as a former Free Knowledge Fellow of Wikimedia Germany, and as managing editor of the free International Journal of Language & Law (www.languageandlaw.de).

In his idle time, he is a prolific satirist of legal academia, a water enthusiast, and a geek.


Selected Publications

  • The Fabric of Language and Law. Towards an International Research Network for Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²), 6 International Journal of Language & Law 101–109 (2017), jointly with Friedemann Vogel. doi: 10.14762/jll.2017.101   
  • Computer-Assisted Legal Linguistics. Corpus Analysis as a New Tool for Legal Studies, 42 Law & Social Inquiry 1–24 (2017), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Isabelle Gauer. doi: 10.1111/lsi.12305    
  • Open Access in German legal academia. Challenges and Perspectives, Blog Droit Européen (2016/10/25). Online at http://blogdroiteuropeen.com/?p=2841
  • Behavioral Second-Order Strategies. Exploiting Market Myopia and Agent Delegation in Economic Decision-Making, Raspberry: SciPress (2016). [Ph.D. thesis, Dr. rer. pol.]
  • Bovigus. Revisiting a Legal Discovery, 52 Journal of Irreproducible Results 29–31 (4/2014)
  • Unpacking the Board. A Comparative and Empirical Perspective on Groups in Corporate Decision-Making, 11 Berkeley Business Law Journal 1–54 (2014). doi: 10.15779/Z38GC6H
  • Evidence Based Jurisprudence. Methods and Epistemic Value of Empirical Research in Law, with Examples from Corporate Law, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (2014). [German J.S.D. thesis, Dr. iur.]