Nikolaus Forgó

Portrait Nikolaus Forgó

Nikolaus Forgó (© Helge Krückeberg)

Professor of Law, Head of Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna; Head of the LLM-program on information and media law at the University of Vienna.


Selected Publications: together with L. Feiler and M. Weiler: The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A Commentary (2018); together with M. Helfrich and J. Schneider (eds.): Betrieblicher Datenschutz Rechtshandbuch (Corporate Data Protection) (3rd ed. 2019); together with M. Corrales Compagnucci, T. Kono, S. Teramoto and E. P. M. Vermeulen (eds.): Legal Tech and the New Sharing Economy (2020).



Michelle Glassman Bock

Portrait Michelle Glassman Bock

Michelle Glassman Bock (© Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP)

Partner in Squire Patton Boggs’s International Dispute Resolution Practice; Lecturer on International Litigation and Arbitration in the LLM program at Université Libre de Bruxelles; Featured in "Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2017-2020" and recognized in "Who's Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2017-2020"; recognized as a rising star in the ExpertGuides.

Selected Publications: together with G. Born and T. Snider: "The Danish Institute of Arbitration Updates Its Arbitral Rules" and "New Rules at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre", in: Kluwer Arbitration Blog (2013); together with S. Finizio: The Adjustment Phase, in: Gas and LNG Price Arbitrations (2020); Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration. Imprint from the 2. Konstanzer Schiedsforum (2020).

Ernest Gnan

Portrait Ernest Gnan

Ernest Gnan (© SHS)

Ph.D. in Economics and Masters Degree in Business Administration at the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna; Counsel to the Board and Head of Economic Analysis Division at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Central Bank of Austria); member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the European System of Central Banks and of the Austrian Fiscal Council; lecturer at the Austrian Academy for Accountants; extended work experience at the European Commission, Brussels, and the European Monetary Institute (forerunner of the European Central Bank), Frankfurt; was awarded the title Professor by the Federal President of Austria in 2019;


Numerous publications and lectures on macroeconomic topics, monetary union, European integration and economic and financial education.

Eva Heinen

Portrait Eva Heinen (© SHS)

Eva Heinen (© SHS)

Mag.; studied Educational Science, Arts and Psychology at the University of Munich and the University of Barcelona, and German as a Foreign Language at the University of Vienna; work experience in lecturing at the University of Oulu, Finland, working as a trainer at the Teacher Education Center (CEP) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, and teaching German as a Foreign Language (DaF) for several private organizations; worked as an editorial journalist for Österreich Spiegel; currently teaches German as a Foreign Language and Yoga and works as an examiner for the ÖSD Austrian Language Diploma.

Christian Koller

Portrait Christian Koller

Christian Koller (© Paris Zizos)

Professor at the University of Vienna; member of the advisory board of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners; former professor at the University of Innsbruck; held a position as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Erwin-Schrödinger-Fellow at the University of Zurich from 2009 to 2011; specializes in international commercial arbitration and litigation; main areas of interest include domestic and international civil procedure and its interfaces with private law, international insolvency law, conflict of laws and comparative law.

Christian W. Konrad

portrait Christian Konrad

Christian Konrad (© Christian Postl)

Founding and managing partner of Konrad Partners; Austrian Attorney at Law (Rechtsanwalt), Solicitor (England & Wales), Euroadvokat (Czech Republic and Slovak Republic); Vice-President of the Kosovo Permanent Tribunal of Arbitration; Chartered Arbitrator at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; specializes in commercial and investment arbitration; has extensive experience with arbitral practice, procedure and advocacy both in civil and common law systems; regularly acts as counsel and as arbitrator in ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations; regularly advises clients on the protection of their investments with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and on the enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments; member of the panels of various arbitration institutions worldwide; member of the ICC Taskforce “Addressing issues of corruption in international arbitration”; co-founding member of the Young Austrian Arbitration Practitioners (YAAP).

Author of numerous publications in the field of arbitration and investment protection.

Cäcilie Kovács

Portrait Cäcilie Kovács

Cäcilie Kovács

Magister in translation studies and Finno-Ugric studies with a minor in educational theory, certificate in German as a Foreign Language from the University of Vienna; studied and taught at universities in Vienna, Dublin and Oulu; currently teaching language courses at an NGO and working as a freelance-translator.

Verena Krausneker

Portrait Verena Krausneker

Verena Krausneker

PhD in linguistics; expert on sign language policies in Europe and Deaf language communities; teaches at the Dept. of Education and the Dept. of Linguistics of the University of Vienna; visiting professor at the Dept. of German Sign Language of the University of Hamburg in 2007/08; non-academic activities in NGOs include e.g.: nominated World Federation of the Deaf expert (2009 – 2015), board member of Austrian Association of the Deaf (2001-2007), board member of the Austrian anti racist NGO ZARA (1999-2005).


Selected publications: Language use and awareness of Deaf and hearing children in a bilingual Setting In: Sign Bilingualism. Language Development, Interaction, and Maintenance in Sign Language Contact Situations (2008); 8 short films on "Deaf Austrians in National Socialism" (2010); together with Sherman E. Wilcox and David F. Armstrong: Language Policies and the Deaf Community In: Cambridge Handbook of Language Policy (2012); Österreichische Gebärdensprache ist anerkannt In: Klagenfurter Erklärung revisited (2013).

Ursula Kriebaum

Portrait Ursula Kriebaum

Ursula Kriebaum (© Marlene Rahmann)

Professor of Public International Law at the University of Vienna; staff member in the office of the legal adviser of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000, 2001); legal expert in the team of the Austrian Special Envoy for Holocaust Restitution Issues (2000, 2001); delegate to the UN Preparatory Committee for an International Criminal Court; short term expert in an EU Twinning Project; nomination by the Austrian government for the election of the Austrian judge to the European Court of Human Rights election in 2007; legal expert in various investment arbitrations and human rights cases; member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (since 2014); alternate member of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE (since 2013); member of the Arbitration panel for the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and the Republic of Korea.


Selected Publications: Folterprävention in Europa. Die Europäische Konvention zur Verhütung von Folter und unmenschlicher oder erniedrigender Behandlung oder Bestrafung (2000); Eigentumsschutz im Völkerrecht. Eine vergleichende Untersuchung zum internationalen Investitionsrecht sowie zum Menschenrechtsschutz (2008); as well as several articles on International Human Rights Law and International Investment Law.

Sylvia Kritzinger

Portrait Sylvia Kritzinger

Sylvia Kritzinger (© SHS)

Professor of Social Science Research Methods at the Department of Government (University of Vienna); Deputy Director of the Research Centre Vienna Centre for Electoral Research (VieCER); Co-Principal Investigator of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) and the Austrian  Corona Panel Project (ACPP); Project Director of Digitize! Computational Social Sciences in the Social and Digital Transformation;  former Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS-Vienna); former Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin.


Selected Publications: together with W. Lutz and V. Skirbekk: The Demography of Growing European Identity (2006); together with M. Wagner and D. Johann: Voting at 16: Turnout and the Quality of Vote Choice (2012); together with J. Aichholzer, M. Wagner and E. Zeglovits: How has radical right support transformed established political conflicts? The case of Austria (2013); together with H. Boomgaarden and D. Johann: Voting at National versus European Elections: An individual level test of the second order paradigm for the 2014 European Parliament Elections (2016); together with S.A. Banducci and H. Giebler: Knowing More from Less: How the Information Environment Increases Knowledge of Party Positions (2017); together with D. Johann, K. Kleinen-von Königslöw and K. Thomas: Intra-Campaign Changes in Voting Preferences: The Impact of Media and Party Communication (2018); together with C. Plescia and P. Oberluggauer: Parties’ issue strategies on the drawing board: the 2017 Austrian Election (2020); together with C. Plescia, K. Raube, J. Wilhelm and J. Wouters: Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections (2020).

Claudia Kwapil

Portrait Claudia Kwapil

Claudia Kwapil (© Oesterreichische Nationalbank)

Studied economics in Vienna (Mag.a from the University of Vienna, 1997) and in London (MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2002) and finished her PhD at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna in 2011; works as monetary economist at the Economic Analysis Division of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Central Bank of Austria); her fields of interest include monetary policy transmission, monetary policy implementation and nominal rigidities (rigid interest rates, rigid wages, rigid prices).


Selected Publications: together with J. Scharler: Interest Rate Pass-Through, Monetary Policy Rules and Macroeconomic Stability, In: Journal of International Money and Finance, 29 (2010); together with S. Fabiani et al.: Wage Rigidities and Labor Market Adjustment in Europe, In: Journal of the European Economic Association, 8 (2010); together with G. Bertola et al.: Price, Wage and Employment Response to Shocks: Evidence from the WDN Survey, In: Labour Economics, 19(5) (2012); together with J. Scharler: Expected Monetary Policy and the Dynamics of Bank Lending Rates, In: International Review of Economics and Finance, 27 (2013); together with E. Gnan and M.T. Valderrama: Monetary policy after the crisis: mandates, targets, and international linkages, In: Monetary Policy & the Economy Q2/18 (2018).

Andrea Lenschow

Portrait Andrea Lenschow

Andrea Lenschow (© Jana Rülke)

Professor of political science at Osnabrück University; received her PhD from New York University; worked in postdoctoral positions at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the European University Institute in Florence and at Paris Lodron University in Salzburg; joined the faculty at Osnabrück University in 2003 and works on environmental policy and governance issues in the European Union and with regard to global commodity flows; published in major University Presses and in high-ranking journals.


Selected Publications: Environmental Policy Contending Dynamics of Policy Change, in: H. Wallace, M. A. Pollack and A. R. Young eds.: Policy Making in the European Union (2014); together with J. Pollex: Surrendering to growth? The European Union's goals for research and technology in the Horizon 2020 framework, in: Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 197 (2018); together with J. Pollex: Many faces of Dismantling: Hiding policy change in non-legislative acts in EU environmental policy, in: Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 27/No. 1 (2019); together with A. R. Zito and C. Burns: The future of European Union Environmental Politics and Policy (2020); together with A. R. Zito and C. Burns: Symposium Introduction: Dismantling, disintegration or continuing stealthy integration in European Union environmental policy? in: Public Administration, Vol. 98/Issue 2 (2020).

Franz-Stefan Meissel

Portrait Franz-Stefan Meissel

Franz-Stefan Meissel (© derknopfdrücker)

Professor of Roman Law and History of European Private Law, University of Vienna; Visiting Professor at the University of Paris René Descartes and Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna; Director of the Sommerhochschule; Vice Dean of the University of Vienna School of Law; Speaker of the University of Vienna Advanced Research School in Law and Jursiprudence (Ars Iuris Vienna); chief editor of the Online Journal University of Vienna Law Review.


Selected Publications: Societas (2004, Premio Boulvert 2004); together with N. Benke: two Textbooks (in German) on the Roman Law of Obligations (9th ed. 2019) and the Roman Law of Property (11th ed. 2018; english version 2019); co-author of: Nationalsozialistisches Steuerrecht und Restitution (2006); Le Code civil autrichien. Un autre bicentenaire (2015); Privatrecht in unsicheren Zeiten. Zivilgerichtsbarkeit im Nationalsozialismus (2017); Grundbegriffe der Rechtswissenschaften (4th ed. 2020).

Werner Neudeck

Portrait Werner Neudeck

Werner Neudeck

Studied at the University of Vienna (Mag. and Dr. rer.soc.oec.) and the University of Oxford; Professor of International Economics and Chairman of the Academic Board at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; 1997-2020 Academic Dean of the Master of Advanced International Studies Program (University of Vienna/Diplomatic Academy of Vienna); former AGIP Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS (1994-1997) and Senior Economist of the International Monetary Fund at the Joint Vienna Institute.


Selected Publications: Fee-for-Service and Quantity Rationing in the Physician Services Market (1991); together with E. Streissler: Wachstums- und Umweltpolitik (1994); together with K. Podczeck: Adverse Selection and Regulation in Health Insurance Markets: An Analysis of Recent Policy Proposals (1996); Das österreichische Gesundheitssystem: Eine ökonomische Analyse (2002); The Global Impact of the EU as an Economic and Monetary Actor (2004).

Paul Oberhammer

Portrait Paul Oberhammer

Paul Oberhammer

Professor at the University of Vienna; permanent visiting professor at the Law School of St. Gallen University, Switzerland; formerly full professor at Halle-Wittenberg University, Germany and at Zurich University, Switzerland; admitted to the bar in Hamburg, Germany; serves as of counsel with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, London (International Arbitration Practice Group); chairman of the working group that drafted the Austrian law on arbitration which was enacted in 2006; practical experience in different fields of arbitration as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chairman, mainly in ICC, VIAC, ad-hoc, and SCAI arbitrations.


Author of about 250 legal publications, among them studies on international arbitration, litigation, civil and commercial law.

Helmut Ortner

Portrait Helmut Ortner

Helmut Ortner (© Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP)

Counsel at the Litigation/Controversy Department of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr and member of the firm's London International Arbitration Practice Group; focuses on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes; admitted to the New York and the Austrian bar; studied economics and law in Innsbruck, Vienna and at Yale Law School; lecturer on comparative law and alternative dispute resolution; coach for the team of the University of Vienna at the Willem C. VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court.


Selected Publications: together with A. Reiner: Austrian Arbitration Law, in: Rowley (ed), Arbitration World, (3rd ed. 2010); The Logic of International Arbitration Practice, in: B. Verschraegen (ed), Interdisciplinary Studies of Comparative and Private International Law (2010); together with T. Tiede and B. Koch: Conflict of Law – Text and Materials, (3rd ed. 2015); together with F. T. Schwarz and J. A. Trenor (eds.): Contractual Performance and COVID-19 (2020); together with M. Kern and K. Plavec: Applicable Law, in: M. Nueber (ed), (in print).

Christopher Peroutka

Portrait Christopher Peroutka

Christopher Peroutka (© SHS)

Mag. phil.; High school teacher, tennis and swimming instructor, windsurfing coach, mountain guide, basketball and volleyball trainer, certified skiing and snowboarding instructor, former player in the Austrian National Team Ultimate Frisbee; lecturer at the University of Vienna and the Pedagogic Academy in Vienna; teaching experience in Austria, the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Verena Plutzar

Portrait Verena Plutzar

Verena Plutzar

Magistra in German Philology and Art History at the University of Vienna (2000); MA in Intercultural Competences at the Donau-Universität Krems (2004); Dr.phil. in German Philology at the University of Vienna (2010); lecturer for German at the Central College Vienna Study Program (Iowa/USA) (2002-2010); lecturer at the Institute for German Philology at the University of Vienna (2005-2011); ); research assistant for German as a foreign language at the Institute for German Philology (2007-2010); lecturer for German as a second language in the context of integration and migration at the Institute for German Philology at the University of Innsbruck (SS 2010 and 2012; lecturer for intercultural training for the US at the Vienna University of Economics since 2007; freelancing as coach, project leader, scientist, lecturer, and supervisor since 2011;


Selected Publications: together with I. Haslinger: Sprachen und Qualifikationsportfolio für MigrantInnen und Flüchtlinge, Handbuch und CD-Rom ( (2005); together with N. Kerschhofer (eds.): Nachhaltige Sprachförderung. Zur veränderten Aufgabe des Bildungswesens in einer Zuwanderergesellschaft (2009); Zuwanderung und Sprachenpolitik der deutschsprachigen Länder In: H.-J.Krumm, Ch. Fandrych, B. Hufeisen, C. Riemer (eds.), Deutsch als Fremd- und Zweitsprache. Ein internationales Handbuch – Reihe Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, 107-123 (2010); Sprache als Schlüssel zur Integration? Eine kritische Annäherung an die österreichische Sprachenpolitik im Kontext von Migration In: H. Langthaler (ed.) Integration in Österreich. Sozialwissenschaftliche Befunde , 121-140 (2010).

Ina Rager

Portrait Ina Rager

Ina Rager

BA in English and American Studies with a minor in German Studies from the University of Vienna; certified teacher for German as a Foreign/Second Language and Creative Writing; choreographer, performer, and movement teacher with training in Vienna, Paris and Copenhagen; teaching experience in dance, DaF and Creative Writing since 1998; currently teaches German as a Second Language and Creative Writing in Vienna.

Oliver Rathkolb

Portrait Oliver Rathkolb

Oliver Rathkolb (© Stefan Knittel)

Professor and Chair of the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna; Schumpeter Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University from 2000-2001; Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago in 2003; member of the advisory board of the House of European History (European Parliament, Brussels); since 2015 Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the House of Austrian History; since 2019 chairman of the Academic Committee of the House of European History in Brussels; managing editor of the academic journal Zeitgeschichte (Contemporary History); member of the Senate of the University of Vienna.


Author of several books focusing on contemporary history as well as editor and co-editor of several studies concerning interdisciplinary questions of contemporary history and communications/media history. His prize-winning study The Paradoxical Republic. Austria 1945-2005 was published by Berghahn Books (New York/Oxford) in autnum 2020.

August Reinisch

Portrait August Reinisch

August Reinisch

Studied law at the University of Vienna (Mag. iur, Dr. iur.) and at New York University (LL.M.) specializing in International Law; professor of Public International law at the University of Vienna; professorial lecturer at the Bologna Center/SAIS of the Johns Hopkins University, visiting professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney/Australia and lecturer at the Donauuniversität Krems; attorney at law in New York and Connecticut; serves as expert, counsel and arbitrator in international arbitration; co-editor of International Organizations Law Review, International Legal Materials and Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts.

Bernhard Schima

Portrait Bernhard Schima

Bernhard Schima (© SHS)

Director and Principal Legal Adviser in the European Commission's Legal Service; studied law in Vienna (magister iuris 1991, doctor iuris 1994) and Paris and at Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1994); from 1995 to 2003 member of the chambers of Judge Dr Peter Jann at the Court of Justice of the EU; joined the European Commission’s Legal Service in 2003; postdoctoral qualification to lecture in European law (Habilitation) obtained at the University of Graz in 2004; honorary professor of European Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (since 2010).


Selected publications: Das Vorabentscheidungsverfahren vor dem EuGH. Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtslage in Österreich und Deutschland (3rd ed. 2015); EU fundamental rights and Member State action after Lisbon: putting the ECJ's case law in its context, Fordham International Law Journal 2015, 1097-1133; author of several contributions in: Jaeger/Stöger (eds.), Kommentar zu EUV und AEUV, and in: Kellerbauer/Klamert/Tomkin (eds.), Commentary on the EU-Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (2019).

Andreas Schloenhardt

Portrait Andreas Schloenhardt

Andreas Schloenhardt (© Andreas Schloenhardt)

PhD (University of Adelaide); Professor of Criminal Law, School of Law, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Honorary Professor of Foreign and International Criminal Law, University of Vienna, Austria; consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Vienna and Bangkok,  and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Vienna and Islamabad; Visiting Professor, University of St Gallen and University of Zurich, Switzerland; Principal areas of research: criminal law, organized crime, migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons, narcotrafficking, and immigration and refugee law; adjunct appointments and visiting professorships at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (2016 and 2013); National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (2011), University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2007–2009); Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA (2006–2009); recipient of a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (2011-2012).

Martin Siostrzonek

Portrait Martin Siostrzonek

Martin Siostrzonek (© Martin Siostrzonek)

Mag.rer.nat.; high school teacher, tennis instructor, fitness coach, certified snowboard and ski instructor, emergency medical technician, qualification in the field of German as a Foreign and Second Language; spoken languages: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Anna-Maria Tamminen

Portrait Anna-Maria Tamminen

Anna-Maria Tamminen

Master of Laws and LL.M. in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration; studied law at New York University, the University of Turku, and the University of Vienna; member of the Finnish Bar Association; currently works as Managing Associate at Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd (Helsinki/Stockholm) specializing in commercial litigation and arbitration, with a special focus on international commercial arbitration; previously worked as Foreign Lawyer for the International Arbitration Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London; Co-chair of LCIA Young International Arbitration Group; Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR representing Finland; regularly lectures on dispute resolution topics.

Verica Trstenjak

Portrait Verica Trstenjak

Verica Trstenjak (© Curia)

Professor of European Law at the University of Ljubljana and at the LLM program at the University of Vienna; external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute Luxemburg; member of the management board and the executive board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights; judge at the General Court of the European Union (2004-2006); Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg (2006-2012); lectured at different international and European conferences (e.g. general reporter at the International Conference of Comparative Law 2014 and keynote speaker at the International Conference of Consumer Law 2015); member of the editorial board of several important legal journals (European Law Review, European Journal of Consumer Law, Italian Law Journal and others); member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and of Academia Europaea as well as founding member (and from 2013 also council member) of the European Law Institute (ELI); member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague; published several books and more than 280 articles (also with SSCI).


Selected Publications: together with P. Weingerl: The Influence of Human Rights and Basic Rights in Private Law (2016); Procedural Aspects of European Consumer Protection Law and the Case Law of the CJEU, in: European Review of Private Law. No. 2 (2013).

Karl Vocelka

Portrait Karl Vocelka

Karl Vocelka (© Karl Vocelka)

Retired Professor of History, former Head of the Department of History of the University of Vienna; former Visiting Assistant Professor at Stanford University; elected President of the Institut für die Erforschung der frühen Neuzeit; Guest Lecturer in numerous American programs in Vienna (University of Oregon, Duke University, Sweet Briar, IES etc.).


Selected Publications: Trümmerjahre. Wien 1945 – 1949 (1985); Die Habsburger. Eine europäische Familiengeschichte (1992); Geschichte Österreichs. Kultur – Gesellschaft – Politik (2000), Österreichische Geschichte (2005), Geschichte der Neuzeit 1500-1918 (2009), together with Michaela Vocelka: Franz Joseph I. Kaiser von Österreich und König von Ungarn 1830-1916. Eine Biographie (2015), and more than 150 articles.