Dr. Paulina Pesch

OfficeICT 3N02
Dr. Paulina Pesch

Research Interests

  • Internet and IT law
  • Data protection law
  • Electronic payments
  • Decentralized virtual currencies


since 04/2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria
05/2017 – 04/2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Zentrum für Angewandte Rechtswissenschaft (ZAR), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany
11/2014 – 04/2017 Research Assistant, IT Security Research Group (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Böhme), Department of Information Systems, University of Münster, Germany
05/2013 – 10/2014 Research Assistant, Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (Civil Law Department), Germany
08/2011 – 04/2013 Student Assistant, Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (Civil Law Department), Germany


02/2020 Second State Legal Examination (Berlin)
10/2016 Ph.D. (Dr. iur.) in Law, University of Münster, Germany
2008 – 2013 Law Studies, University of Münster, Germany; First State Legal Examination (Justizprüfungsamt Hamm)
2010 – 2011 Specialization in Information, Telecommunication and Media Law


  • Böhme, R. and Pesch, P. Technische Grundlagen und datenschutzrechtliche Fragen der Blockchain-Technologie. Datenschutz und Datensicherheit, 41, 8 (2017), 473–481. [PDF]
  • Pesch, P. and Böhme, R. Datenschutz trotz öffentlicher Blockchain? Chancen und Risiken bei der Verfolgung und Prävention Bitcoin-bezogener Straftaten. Datenschutz und Datensicherheit, 41, 2 (2017), 93–98.
  • Böhme, R., Grzywotz, J., Pesch, P., Rückert, C., and Safferling, C. Prävention von Straftaten mit Bitcoins und Alt-Coins: Handlungsempfehlung zur Regulierung virtueller Kryptowährungen. [Bitcoin and Alt-Coin Crime Prevention: A Recommendation for the Regulation of Virtual Cryptocurrencies]. The German BITCRIME project, 2017. [Publisher]
  • Pesch, P. and Boehm, F. Bitcoins: Rechtliche Herausforderungen einer virtuellen Währung. Multimedia und Recht (MMR), 17, 2 (2014), 75–79.
  • Pesch, P. IT-Vertragsrecht. In Hoeren and Buchmüller, eds., Entwicklung der Internet- und Multimediarechts im Jahr 2013. MMR-Beilage, 2014, pp. 3–5.
  • Pesch, P. and Boehm, F. Bitcoin: A First Legal Analysis – with References to German and US-American Law. In R. Böhme, M. Brenner, T. Moore and M. Smith, eds., Financial Cryptography and Data Security, 1st Workshop on BITCOIN Research. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8438, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2014, pp. 43–54. [Publisher]