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·       Main research

·       Publications

·       Research Projects

·       Presentations

·       Digital Advisory Board

Main research:

  • Data law, data protection law

  • Agrar 4.0: Legal questions on the digitisation of agriculture / food industry

  • Digital federalism, e-government/digital administration

  • Legal Issues of Artificial Intelligence (AI)


  1. Das europäische Datenschutzgrundrecht in der digitalen "Infosphäre", in: Carsten Nowak/Carmen Thiele, Frankfurter Institut für das Recht der Europäischen Union (fireu) (Hrsg.), Effektivität des Grundrechtsschutzes in der Europäischen Union, 2021, S. 103-138. (Structure as pdf)

  2. Gutachten zum Thema "Europäische Leitlinien bzw. Regeln für Agrardaten (European Agricultural Data Governance), 2020. (Download pdf), also available under
  3. Agrar-Digitalrecht für Agrarsysteme der Zukunft, in: Automatisierungstechnik 2021, S. 278-280.

  4. Agricultural Law 4.0 - Digital Revolution in Agriculture, coming soon in: Walter Frenz (Hrsg.): Handbook Industry 4.0, 2021.

  5. Agricultural Digital and Data Law, coming soon in: Jörg Dörr/Matthias Nachtmann (Hrsg.): Handbook Digital Farming, Digital Transformation for Sustainable Agriculture, 2022.

  6. Agricultural Digital Policy, coming soon in: Jörg Dörr/Matthias Nachtmann (Hrsg.): Handbook Digital Farming, Digital Transformation for Sustainable Agriculture, 2022. (Article by Mathias Olbrisch)

  7. Die behördliche Kontrolle durch Blockchain-Technologie in der Agar- und Ernährungswirtschaft - Datenschutzrechtliche Anforderungen, in: LKV 2021, S. 153-159. (Article by Philipp Schöbel) (Download pdf)

  8. Digitalisierung im Lichte des Verfassungsrechts - Algorithmen, Predictive Policing, autonomes Fahren, in: LKV 2019, S. 49-60. (Content as pdf)

  9. Datenschutzrecht und Digitalisierung im Föderalismus der USA, in: Joachim Münch/Alexander Thiele (Hrsg.), Verfassungsrecht im Widerstreit, Gedächtnisschrift für Werner Heun, 2019, S. 125-145.

  10. Künstliche Intelligenz in der nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft - Datenrechte und Haftungsregime, in: NuR 2020, S. 439-453. (Download pdf)

  11. Kooperativer Föderalismus: Digitalisierung der öffentlichen Verwaltung – Erfahrungen aus dem deutschen föderalen Raum, in: Peter Bußjäger/Georg Keuschnigg/ Christoph Schramek (Hrsg.), Raum neu denken. Von der Digitalisierung zur Dezentralisierung, 2019, S. 229-256.

  12. Agrar-Digitalrecht für eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft 4.0, in NuR 2019, S. 577-586. (Structure as pdf)

  13. Agrarrecht 4.0 – Digitale Revolution in der Landwirtschaft, erscheint in: Walter Frenz (Hrsg.), Handbuch Industrie 4.0: Recht, Technik, Gesellschaft, 2020, S. 429-449.

  14. Compliance bei Digital Farming. Neue Herausforderungen im Datenschutzrecht, in: comply 2017, S. 46 ff.

  15. Digitale Transformation, gesunde Ernährung und rechtliche Anfragen, in: Ines Härtel (Hrsg.), Wege der Ernährungswirtschaft – global, regional, europäisch, 2017, S. 13-35.

  16. Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2018 ©Nomos VerlagProf. Dr. Ines Härtel,
    Digitale Innovation, zweckrationale Organisation, föderale Kooperation:  zur Entwicklung des E-Government in Deutschland

    in: Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung Tübingen (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2018, p. 227-240

  17. Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2017 ©Nomos VerlagProf. Dr. Ines Härtel,
    Digitale Staatskunst: Der Föderalismus als Laboratorium der digitalen Transformation

    in: Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismusforschung Tübingen (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2017, p. 199-220


Research Projects:

Latest project:

Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (DAKIS)

„Agrarsysteme der Zukunft: DAKIS – Digitales Wissens- und Informationssystem für die Landwirtschaft“

The aim of the Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (DAKIS) research project, which has been approved by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is to secure the future of agriculture under the challenges of climate change, food security, sustainability and economic efficiency. The existing and expected potentials of digitalisation including robotics in the field of future-oriented agriculture are to be researched and the information/knowledge gained is to be integrated into a holistic, digital information and decision support system (digital platform). In this way, agricultural land use in the context of multi-layered interests with ecosystem services and biodiversity can be brought to greater harmonisation. In this context, instruments are being developed to optimise the support of agricultural planning, production and marketing processes within the framework of farm management. Prof. Dr. Ines Härtel is responsible for the significant legal frameworks and implications of this innovative concept. Central legal references are agricultural law, agri-environmental law, agri-digital law - de lege lata and de lege ferenda.

Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V.
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie (ATB)
Hochschule für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE)
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI)
Hochschule Osnabrück
Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik (IHP)
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (FH ISI)

The DAKIS project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for five years. (duration: 04/2019-03/2024).


  • MacPherson, Joseph; Voglhuber-Slavinsky, Ariane; Olbrisch, Mathias; Schöbel, Philipp; Dönitz, Ewa; Mouratiadou, Ioanna; Helming, Katharina, Future agricultural systems and the role of digitalization for achieving sustainability goals. A review, in: Agronomy for Sustainable Development, Volume 42 (2022), Article number 70. (Link to article)
  • Voglhuber-Slavinsky, Ariane; Lemke, Nahleen; Macpherson, Joseph; Dönitz, Ewa; Olbrisch, Mathias; Schöbel, Philipp; Moller, Björn; Bahrs, Enno; Helming, Katharina, Valorization for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Agri-Food Value Chain, Environmental Management 2023.
  • Digitale Agrarpolitik, in: Nachtmann, Matthias/Dörr, Jörg (Hrsg.), Handbuch Digital Farming, 2023, coming soon. (Mathias Olbrisch)


Multimodality in Risk and Crisis Communication (MIRKKOMM)

The European University Viadrina is involved with the Research Center for Digital Law in a large-scale research project that examines communication by health care institutions in times of crisis such as the Corona pandemic.

How do citizens want to be put in the picture by authorities and the media in times of crisis? How well are they reached by messages from health care facilities? How can information be disseminated in a way that is at once understandable, effective and credible? The research project "MIRKKOMM - Multimodality in Risk and Crisis Communication," which began work on October 1, 2021, and is coordinated by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), is concerned with such questions. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with around 2 million euros over three years in the "Research for Civil Security 2018 - 2023" program.

One focus of the research project is to examine the effectiveness of "multimodal" information offerings such as dashboards, brochures and novel video formats. Both the perspective of the "senders" such as authorities and the media and that of the "recipients" such as consumers will be considered.

Over the next three years, the project's questions will be answered by a team from media and communication studies, political science and law, as well as psychology and computer science, and supplemented by ideas for practical application. In addition to the Viadrina, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Technical University of Ilmenau, and the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences are involved. The scientific expertise is complemented by a practical partner, mecom Medien-Communikations-Gesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of the German press agency dpa. The project is also supported by renowned researchers from the USA, the Netherlands, Australia and Germany, as well as by institutions such as the Robert Koch Institute, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the German Press Agency.

From a legal perspective, the sub-project based at the Viadrina - Research Center for Digital Law - pursues two major goals with regard to the overall project. First, the legal framework for state crisis communication is to be identified on the basis of actual communication and its challenges. This is followed by the second major step of developing a central legal design for the communication of state institutions and scientific institutions in relation to each other and to the media and the public, as well as cooperation with the operators of social media. The sub-project thus supports both the instrumental and the symbolic-relational approach, because on the one hand, the selection and structure of crisis plans, forms of presentation, media genres, social media profiles or press releases will be considered from a legal perspective, and on the other hand, the design of messages with regard to specific target groups, in terms of trust, comprehensibility, unambiguity and efficiency will also be analyzed from a legal perspective.



Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ines Härtel: Artificial intelligence in agriculture

on 13.2.2020 at the special meeting AGRAR in Berlin

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Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ines Härtel: The European Basic Data Protection Law in the Digital Infosphere

on 14.11.2019 at the fireu meeting in the Senate Hall of the European University Viadrina
(conference programme pdf)

Digital Advisory Board:
Presentation of theses to Prime Minister Dr. Dietmar Woidke

Gruppenbild ©Staatskanzlei des Landes Brandenburg

Uebergabe ©Staatskanzlei des Landes Brandenburg

     Theses of the Digital Advisory Board
     of the State Government

     Digital Strategy of the
     State Government Brandenburg

   Prof. Dr. Ines Härtel    
   appointed to the Digital
   Advisory Board of the
   Minister President of the
   State of Brandenburg

First Conference of the Digital Policy Coordinators of the States on 21.6.2019 in the State Chancellery, Potsdam

Potsdam ©Madeleine Hoffmann  Sachbearbeiterin Staatskanzlei des Landes

Lecture at this conference by Prof. Dr. Ines Härtel as member of the Digital Advisory Board on the topic:

"Federalism and Digitisation"

To the PowerPoint (pdf)