Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz studied Law and Journalism in Hamburg. Since 1997 he has taught the optional special subject on information and communication in the Department of Law at the University of Hamburg; he has been also a member of the state office for legal examinations since January 2000. In July 2009 habilitation through the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg, granted Venia Legendi in public law, media law and legal philosophy. Since november 2011 he is professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg.
Since November 2011 W. Schulz has the university professorship "Media Law and Public Law including Theoretical Foundations” at the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg. This comprises a joint placement of the University of Hamburg and the Hans-Bredow-Institut. The focus of this professorship is on research at the Hans-Bredow-Institut. Initially, W. Schulz acted as deputy business director as well as head of the Hans-Bredow-Institut’s area of media and telecommunications, since 2001 he has been a member of the board of directors. In February 2012 he was also appointed director at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.
His work emphasises the freedom of communication, problems of legal regulation with regard to media contents, questions of law in new media, above all in digital television, and the legal bases of journalism, but also the jurisprudential bases of freedom of communication and the implications of the changing public sphere on law. In addition, he works on the forms taken by the State’s functions, for instance, in the framework of concepts of “regulated self-regulation” of "informational regulation". Many of his projects are designed internationally comparative.
Problems of legal regulation in relation to media content - especially violence -, issues of law of new communications media - especially digital TV-, and legal basics of journalistic work, legal-philosophical principles of freedom of communication, system-theoretical description of the publishing system