Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Sorge

Holder of the juris professorship of legal informatics

Saarland University

Campus C3.1

Phone: +49 (0) 681 302 5122 (Administrative office: -5120)

E-Mail: christoph.sorge(at)

Office hours: By appointment

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Christoph Sorge is

  • Professor at Saarland University's Faculty 1 (Law and Economics) and a co-opted member of Faculty 6 (Mathematics and Computer Science).
  • One of the directors of Saarland University's Institute of Law and Informatics.
  • Board member of Deutscher EDV-Gerichtstag e.V., the German Association for Computing in the Judiciary.
  • Senior Fellow of the German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer
  • Member of the "Junges Forum: Technikwissenschaften" (Young Forum for Technology Sciences)
  • Member of the research advisory board of the Institut für Europäisches Medienrecht (EMR) e.V. (Institute of European Media Law)
  • Associate member of s-lab - Software Quality Lab, the University of Paderborn's competence center for cooperative research and technology transfer in the field of Software Engineering.
  • Assoicate member of the Research Training Group Automatisms at the University of Paderborn.


Research interests and short CV

Research interests: Applications of cryptography in network security, Privacy Enhancing Technologies, data protection law and information law (as far as related to security and privacy), IT applications in the legal systems.

since 04/2014

Holder of the juris Professorship of Legal Informatics at Saarland University


Juniorprofessor (assistant professor) at the Department of Computer Science, University of Paderborn. Among other activities:

  • Member of the Research Training Group on Automatisms, a joint project by the Humanities and the computer science department
  • IT Security Officer of the University of Paderborn
  • Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics
2008-2010Research Scientist, NEC Laboratories Europe, Heidelberg
2004-2007Ph.D. in Computer Science at Universität Karlsruhe (TH), now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Scholarship holder in the Research Training Group on Information Management and Market Engineering. Research assistant at Institute of Telematics at Universität Karlsruhe (TH).
1999-2004Student of Information Engineering and Management at Universität Karlsruhe (TH). Awards: Faculty Award of the Department of Economics and Management at Universität Karlsruhe (TH), Graduate Award of the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science

Teaching Awards

  • State University Teaching Award of the Saarland 2014, awarded in March 2015, for the undergraduate seminar "hacking" (jointly with Prof. Dr. Michael Backes and staff of both research groups).
  • CS Student council's "busy beaver award" for best teaching, Saarland University, summer 2014, also for the undergraduate seminar "hacking" (jointly with Prof. Dr. Michael Backes and staff of both research groups).
  • Advancement Award for Innovation and Quality in Teaching, University of Paderborn, 2011.


Selected talks


  • Bitcoin's Peer-to-Peer System. Invited Talk, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, 12 February 2014.


  • The Interplay between Privacy, Cryptography and Law. Invited talk, Fifth International Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Computer and Information Sciences, Nanning, China, 13 December 2013.
  • IT-Systeme mit einfachen Mitteln angreifen und schützen (Attacking and protecting IT systems with simple means). Invited presentation, round table of the Vienna Center of Legal Informatics, Vienna, 2 December 2013.
  • Die Zukunft des Bezahlens (The Future of payments). Invited Talk, Zahlungsverkehrssymposium der Deutschen Bundesbank „Zahlungsverkehr in Deutschland im Jahr 2013“ (Payments Symposium of the German Federal Bank), Frankfurt, 10 June 2013.


  • Privacy-preserving access control for the Internet of Things. Invited Talk, Graduate School "Cooperative, Adaptive and Responsive Monitoring in Mixed Mode Environments", TU Darmstadt, 18 November 2009.
  • Privacy and Data Protection in the Internet of Things. Keynote, 2nd International Workshop on Mobile and Wireless Networks Security (MWNS'09), co-located with IFIP Networking 2009, Aachen, 15 May 2009