Sibylle Gierschmann '99 Wins International Alumna Award

April 27, 2007Duke Law News

Prior to attending Duke, Gierschmann studied law at the University of Hamburg, sitting for the legal state exams in Hamburg in 1994 and 1998. She wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Hamburg on European Commission antitrust law. Dr. Gierschmann is admitted to the bar in New York and Germany.

Dr. Gierschmann is a partner with Taylor Wessing in Munich, Germany, where she represents clients from the media and IT sector. Her practice focuses primarily on copyright law, distribution law, and e-commerce, and encompasses comprehensive services from contract drafting and litigation to advice on strategy for the protection and marketing of intellectual property. She has special expertise in the area of data protection, regularly undertaking compliance projects and data protection audits for German and European data protection requirements.

Dr. Gierschmann frequently publishes in legal journals, especially on competition law and e-commerce topics, writes a column on data protection for, a news source for technology and business, and maintains an active schedule of speaking engagements. Dr. Gierschmann is a member of the Data Protection working subcommittee of the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications, and News Media, and is also a member of the of the German Association of Law and Information (DGRI).

Under Dr. Gierschmann’s leadership, Duke alumni in Germany and other European countries have enjoyed many social and educational gatherings. A co-president of the Duke Club of Germany and the German Alumni Association of Duke, she has been instrumental in the early success of the Club and Alumni Association in establishing a series of annual Duke alumni events in Germany, including the Annual Golf Challenge and Oktoberfest gatherings. She has been a key participant in establishing a Verein, or foundation, that will facilitate international fundraising efforts for Duke University in Germany. Dr. Gierschmann regularly assists the Law School in recruiting talented German students to the LLM program.

The International Alumni Achievement Award recognizes international alumni who exemplify the highest standards of professional excellence, personal integrity, and concern for the common good in their careers and countries, and in that way serving, in the best sense, as goodwill ambassadors for Duke Law School and the legal profession.