Florian graduated from EUI in November 2022, when he successfully defended his thesis on the analysis and comparison of formalisms for computable contracts, titled ”
The Uncanny Valley of Computable Contracts:
Analysis of Computable Contract Formalisms with a focus towards Controlled Natural Languages”. His recent work focuses on all kinds of legal tech, especially in the context of NLP for legal practice, legal research through computational methods and understanding the impact of legislation and jurisprudence through computational methods.
He conducted his legal studies in Maastricht (European Law School Program, LL.B) and in Lund (European Business Law, LL.M). Both his bachelor’s and master’s thesis were awarded the highest grade. His interests started out in European Law more generally and European Competition Law specifically, whereafter his research broadened to include licensing law (especially Software Licensing, Free and Open-Source Licenses) but also other fields of Intellectual Property Law and the interface between technology and law more generally.
In his undergraduate thesis he developed an updated view on the concept of a European Cartel Office (ECO) as an independent Competition Agency and in his Masters thesis he analysed and compared the concept of “interoperability” as used in (European) competition law and copyright law respectively, particularly in regard to the impact on Free and Open-Source Software. During his studies, he was a research assistant for Prof. Xavier Groussot (Lund) with regard to the principle of Ne bis in idem in EU law and its relation to the ECHR and CFR and he participated in a project of the Shuttleworth Foundation before embarking on his Phd project. This project encompassed developing a set of easily accessible Standard Contributor License Agreements for Free and Open-Source projects in conjunction with a team of international Researchers and supporting and clarifying particular issues with original research. („Contributor Agreements“, contributoragreements.org) He also worked on freelance projects and hackathons alongside his studies to sharpen his programming and data analysis skills.