Dr. Gerhard Wiebe

Dr. Gerhard Wiebe specialises in advising on product compliance issues. He advises international and national manufacturers, importers and distributors of non-food products (consumer and investment goods), on product safety and product liability law. In addition to traditional product law aspects, Dr. Wiebe also focuses on the constantly growing IT-security law requirements for digital products.
Dr. Gerhard Wiebe is an expert in the field of product law. He advises international and national manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer products and work equipment on ensuring product compliance. In doing so, he supports his clients in complying with the legal requirements for products in order to be able to make them available on the German market as well as on the European market in a legally secure manner. If a product is targeted by the market surveillance authorities, he is at his clients' side with advice and action in market surveillance proceedings as well as in any administrative court disputes. He also represents companies – both in and out of court – in the defence of damages and compensation claims in product liability cases. He also assists in taking and coordinating remedial measures, such as product recalls, to manage product risks, also taking into account possible product liability under criminal law. Furthermore, legal advice on the establishment and optimisation of organisational product compliance structures is part of his work profile. In addition, Dr. Wiebe deals with issues of European, constitutional and administrative law, with freedom of information law being one of his particular areas of expertise.
  • legal studies at the University of Bielefeld
  • research assistant at the Chair of Public Law, in particular Environmental Law (Prof. Dr. Michael Kotulla, M.A.) and at the Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, in particular Commercial Criminal Law (Prof. Dr. Andreas Ransiek, LL.M.) at the Law Faculty of Bielefeld University
  • legal clerkship at the Regional Court of Bielefeld including at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and at an international commercial law firm in Sydney
  • since 2016, regular publications on product law topics
  • 2017 doctorate thesis on a product law subject; awarded with the Consumer Research Award for Young Researchers by the KVF NRW
  • since 2018, lawyer in a Big Four law firm in Bielefeld, Hamburg and Berlin with specialty in public law and product law
  • since 2021, lawyer at the Produktkanzlei
Languages: German, English, Russian
The complete list of Dr. Gerhard Wiebes writings can be found here.

Selected publications:
  • Die neue Typgenehmigungsverordnung – Eine produktsicherheitsrechtliche Analyse (with Dr. Carsten Schucht), NZV 2022, p. 209 ff.
  • Produktsicherheitsrechtliche Betrachtung des Vorschlags für eine KI-Verordnung, BB 2022, p. 899 ff.
  • Neuordnung des Produktsicherheits- und Martküberwachungsrechts, DVBl 2022, p. 214 ff.
  • IT-sicherheitsbezogene Pflichten von Herstellern smarter Produkte, InTeR 2021, p. 66 ff.
  • Umweltproduktrecht – Konturen, Systematik und praktische Bedeutung, NuR 2021, p. 307 ff.
  • Einsatzmöglichkeiten der Blockchain-Technologie im Produktsicherheitsrecht (with Dennis Hillemann), CB 2020, p. 455 ff.
  • Die neue EU-Marktüberwachungsverordnung, in: Corporate Legal Insights/Deutsches Institut für Rechtsabteilungen und Unternehmensjuristen GmbH/KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH/KPMG AG (Hrsg.), Produkt Compliance 2020 – Strategische, nachhaltige Einbindung der Produkt Compliance in Unternehmen, p. 148 ff.
  • Anmerkung zu BVerwG Urteil vom 30.01.2020 – 10 C 10.19 u. 18.19: Zugang zu Unterlagen der BaFin, ZD 2020, p. 479 f.
  • Rundfunkrechtlicher Auskunftsanspruch gegen Bundesbehörden, ZUM 2020, p. 39 ff.
  • Produktsicherheitsrechtliche Pflicht zur Bereitstellung sicherheitsrelevanter Software-Updates, NJW 2019, p. 625 ff.
  • Der Geschäftsgeheimnisschutz im Informationsfreiheitsrecht unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Gesetzes zum Schutz von Geschäftsgeheimnissen, NVwZ 2019, p. 1705 ff.
  • Anwendung des Produktsicherheitsrechts auf Verkaufsplattformbetreiber und Fulfillment-Center, NJOZ 2017, p. 1178 ff.
  • Unternehmerfreiheit versus Verbraucherschutz – Das Verhältnis zwischen Unternehmerfreiheit und Verbraucherschutz im Spiegel des öffentlichen Verbraucherschutzrechts, 2017
  • Das neue Tabakerzeugnisgesetz: verbrämter Paternalismus oder Stärkung des Verbraucherschutzes?, GewArch 2016, p. 456 ff.
  • Öffentlich-rechtlicher Verbraucherschutz – Porträt eines (eigenständigen) Rechtsbereichs, GewArch 2016, p. 138 ff.