Scientific Background

Dr. Phillip W. Brunst posesses technical as well as legal expertise. In the past he worked as a database programmer, as a system administrator, as a consultant in a company specialized on questions of information technology, as an research assistant at two chairs in the area of criminal law and information law at different German universities, as a freelancer for an international law firm in the area of media law and information law and as head of section at a German research Institute.

After his academic studies, the legal clerkship (“Referendariat”), and several different functions, Dr. Brunst worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i. Br from 2003 to 2010. There, he headed the section “Information Law and Legal Informatics” and was involved in several scientific projects and legal opinions. Apart from the research work, he was elected and appointed by the President as the representative of the scientific staff of the Institute in the Humanities section of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPS). In this function was also a member of the Scientific Council of the MPS. Finally, he served as an ombudsman of the Institute and as a scientific member of the press department.

Since the year 2010 Dr. Phillip Brunst is conducting research for the Cybercrime Research Institute, an independent research institution that focuses on the international harmonization of law and on the development of solutions in the fight against Internet crime.

Phillip Brunst was a member of the scientific advisory board of the “Defence Against Terrorism Review” (DATR). He is currently an active member of the scientific advisory board of the Cybercrime Research institute, where he also serves as a network coordinator for Europe and for FIfF e.V. For several Institutions (including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UN and NATO) he was active as an advisor, expert, or speaker. Since 2009 he has lectured at several academic institutions in Germany and abroad. Finally, he worked as an instructor for the “European Certificate on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence”.