Aconite's partners in Germany are:

  • Cybercrime Research Institute
  • Schollmeyer & Rickert, Germany

Mr. Marco Gercke, Director
Cybercrime Research Institute

Dr. Marco Gercke is director of the Cybercrime Research Institute (Institut fuer Medienstrafrecht) ­an independent research institute on legal aspects of computer and Internet crime.

Holding a PhD in criminal law with a focus on Cybercrime he is for several years teaching Law related to Cybercrime and European Criminal Law at the University of Cologne and is visiting lecturer for International Criminal Law at the University of Macau.

The focus of his research is on international aspects of law related to Cybercrime. In this respect he is working as an expert for several international organisations among them the Council of Europe, the European Union, the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union. One key element of the research is the challenges related to the fight against Cybercrime and the differences in developing a legal response in common law and civil law systems. The latest researches covered the activities of terrorist organisations in the Internet, Legal response to Identity Theft, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing activities involving Internet technology and the responsibility of ISPs.

Marco reviewed various draft Cybercrime legislation on behalf or international organisations to assist countries as well as regional organisations in developing a legal framework to address the challenges of Cybercrime. In addition he assisted individual countries in developing Cybercrime strategies.

Marco is a frequent national and international speaker and author of more than 60 publications related to the topic Cybercrime. In addition to articles and books he published several studies including comparative law analysis for the Council of Europe. The aspect of responsibility of ISPs in the fight against Cybercrime was the topic of a study for the Council of Europe that was released in March 2009. His latest 225-page publication on Cybercrime is currently translated to all UN languages.

Marco was co-chair of the working group set up by the Council of Europe to support the drafting of the Guidelines for the cooperation between law enforcement and internet service providers against cybercrime adopted at the 2008 Octopus Conference and member of the ITU High Level Expert Group. He is member of the German Bar and Secretary of the Criminal Law Department of the German Society for Law and Informatics

A full list of publications and speeches can be found at:


Mr. Thomas Rickert, Managing Director
Schollmeyer & Rickert, Germany

Thomas specialises in trademark, domain, copyright, IT and young persons media protection law. He is Director Self Regulation at eco – Verband der deutschen Internetwirtschaft e.V. ( and member of project management team of the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimediadiensteanbieter e.V ( FSM/ Voluntary Self-Control for Multimedia Service Providers) complaints hotline ( jointly operated with eco. He was chairman of the executive board (2002-2005) of the INHOPE Association (, the umbrella organisation for hotlines fighting illegal Internet content.

He is also project manager of the Spotspam project to fight spam ( and member of the Steering Committee of the Certified Senders Alliance, operated jointly by eco and the Deutscher Direktmarketing Verband (Direct Marketing Association – DDV, Further, Thomas is speaker of the industry consortium and director of the ICRA working group at Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia e.V. (FSM). Finally, he is lecturer with the Bonn Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Industry and Commerce and arbitrator at the Bonn Rhein-Sieg Chamber of Commerce IT Arbitration Tribunal.

Schollmeyer & Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft is a law firm based in Bonn, Germany. It advises its business clients primarily in the area of company and contract law, trademark, fair competition, copyright and media law, and domain, telecommunications, data protection and Internet law generally. The firm also handles issues of commercial leasing, commercial and labour law both nationally as well as internationally.