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thOmas rickert


Thomas Rickert advises and represents national and international clients, especially private sector companies. His main focus is on domain law, trademark law, data protection law, copyright law and IT law.


  • Legal studies and legal clerkship in Marburg, Cologne and Bonn
  • Lawyer and managing director of the firm since 1999
  • Since 2002 managing partner of the law firm, which was renamed Schollmeyer & Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH and finally Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH


  • Head of the Names & Numbers Forum of the eco- Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e.V. (
  • Co-chair of the CCWG accountability at ICANN, which has developed and continues to work on the accountability reforms at ICANN as part of the IANA Stewardship Transition
  • 2011-2015: member of the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (
  • Speaker at the Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) Bonn Rhein-Sieg
  • 2002-2005: chief executive officer of the INHOPE Association (, the holding organisation of complaints departments for receiving information on illegal Internet content


  • German
  • English


  • "Pornographie und Volksverhetzung – Jugendschutz im Internet" (“Die Schulverwaltung spezial, Medienkompetenz III” - Professional journal for school administration, ISSN 1438-1907, 2002)
  • "Two articles introducing eco’s hotline and on INHOPE" (TV-Diskurs, Nomos Verlag 2002)
  • "Sperren und Blocken illegaler Inhalte im Internet" (Online 2002 Kongressdoumentation, ISBN 2-89077-234-X)
  • "Hotlines and the History of INHOPE: The Association of Internet Hotline Providers" (in “Medical, Legal, & Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation” by Cormac Callanan and Thomas Rickert, GW Medical Publishing, Inc., 2005, ISBN-10: 1-8780060-71-6)
  • "Die neuen Top Level Domains werden kommen" (Ein Appell Multimedia und Recht, MMR-Aktuell 2011, 321179)
  • "Schutz von Kennzeichenrechten bei der Einführung neuer TLDs
    - Die ICANN-Rechtsschutzmechanismen im Überblick"
    (Multimedia und Recht, MMR 2012, 444ff)
  • eco GDPR Domain Industry Playbook
  • eco Registrar Atlas 2012
  • eco Registrar Atlas 2013
  • eco Registrar Atlas 2014
  • “A Quiet Global Revolution”
    (in (2017))
  • “Collaboration AcAcross the Atlantic: Data Protection & Internet Policy – Transcript"
    (in (2017))
  • Co-Autor des “eco GDPR Domain Industry Playbook” (2018)
  • “The WHOIS Wars”
    (in (2019))
  • “Legality, Securitys & Ethics in the Digitalized World”
    (in (2019) )


  • Many lectures on IT security, youth media protection, e-commerce and data protection