Short CV/Education and training

University Studies

  • 1985 – 1989
    Diploma study of law at Karl-Franzens-University Graz

  • 1988 – 1989
    Study program for informatics of law, University of Graz

  • 1992
    Ph.D. (Doctor Iuris), University of Graz, doctoral thesis supervised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Willibald Posch, title: „International Barter and Countertrade Contracts“

  • 1993 – 1994
    Master of Laws (LL.M.) at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

  • Since 1995
    Attorney-at-Law in the State of New York, USA

  • 1995 – 1995
    Diploma of International Law at Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands

Professional Career

  • 1988 – 1989
    Student assistant to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Viktor Steininger, Institute of Civil Law, Foreign Private Law and Private International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Graz

  • 1990 – 1999
    University assistant to Univ.-Prof. Dr. Willibald Posch, Institute of Civil Law, Foreign Private Law and Private International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Graz

  • 1995 – 1998
    APART scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, research staty at Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign Private Law and Private International Law, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1999
    „Habilitation“ and venia docendi for the areas of civil law, private international law, comparative law, European law, and commercial law, University of Graz

  • 1999 – 2000
    Associate professor at the Institute of Civil Law, Foreign Private Law and Private International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Graz

  • 2000 – 2004
    Full professor at Paris-Lodron-University of Salzburg, head of the Institut of Comparative Law and Private International Law; Member of the Senate of the University of Salzburg

  • Since 2004
    Full professor at the Institute of Civil Law, Foreign Private Law and Private International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Graz

  • Since 2013
    Head of the Institute of Civil Law, Foreign Private Law and Private International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Graz

  • Since 2013
    Deputy head of the Center of European Private Law (CEPL), University of Graz

  • Since 2011
    Member of the Senate of the University of Graz

Selected publications

  • „Rücktrittsrechte“, 164 Seiten, Verlag Österreich Wien, 2001 – gemeinsam mit Susanne Kalss.

  • „Grundfragen der Vereinheitlichung des Vertragsrechts in der Europäischen Union“, 599 Seiten (gekürzte Habilitationsschrift), Springer-Verlag Wien/New York, Februar 2002.

  • „Österreichisches und Europäisches Konsumentenschutzrecht“, zweite neu bearbeitete Auflage, Lehrbuch: 337 Seiten, Springer-Verlag Wien/New York, 2008 – gemeinsam mit Susanne Augenhofer.

  • “The International Dimensions of Law“, Jan Sramek Verlag Wien, 3. Auflage (2016) 193 + XIII Seiten – gemeinsam mit Thomas Thiede.

  • „Acquisition and Loss of Ownership of Goods (PEL Acq. Own.)“, Reihe: Principles of European Law, Sellier European Law Publishers München, 2011, und zugleich in Oxford University Press Oxford, 2011, 1658 + 70 (lxx) Seiten – gemeinsam mit Wolfgang Faber.

  • „Handbuch Internationales Privatrecht mit IZVR“, 475 Seiten, Verlag Österreich Wien, 2017. – gemeinsam mit Martina Melcher.

  • „The ‚Social‘ Side of Contract Law and the New Principle of Regard and Fairness“, in Hartkamp/Hesselink/Hondius/Mak/du Perron (Hrsg), Towards a Euro¬¬pean Civil Code, 4. vollkommen überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, Kluwer Law International – Ars Aequi Libri Nijmegen 2011, 353-386.

  • „Gerechtigkeitskonzepte für ein europäisches Vertragsrecht und Instrumente zu ihrer Umsetzung“ in: Stefan Arnold (Hrsg), Grundlagen eines europäischen Vertragsrechts, Sellier European Law Publishers München 2014, 101-138.

  • „Verhaltenssteuerung im EU-Privatrecht“ in Peter Bydlinski (Hrsg), Prävention und Strafsanktion im Zivilrecht, Verlag Österreich, Wien 2016, 135-181.

  • “Empiricism and Private Law: Behavioral Research as Part of a Legal-Empirical Governance Analysis and a Form of New Legal Realism”, 1 Austrian Law Journal 2014, 20-39.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Membership in Academic Associations

  • Member of the Austrian and the German Society of Comparative Law

  • Member of the International Association of Comparative Law (IACL)

  • Member of the Society of European Contract Law (SECOLA)

  • Member of the Study Group on Social Justice in European Private Law

  • Member of the Study Group on a European Civil Code (SGECC), 2000 – 2008

  • Member of the European Law Institute (ELI)

  • Member of the „Younger Class“ of the Austrian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Directorate of the „Youger Class“ and Member of the General Assembly of the Academy, 2008 – 2015

  • Member of the Society of German Civil Law Professors

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Study Group on Economics and Law (Austria)

Editor and Member of Scientific Boards of Journals and Book Series

  • Journal: „International Commercial Law“ (IHR), Sellier European Law Publishers/Manz, München: since 2002; co-editor.

  • Journal: „European Review of Contract Law“ (ERCL), de Gruyter Verlag Berlin: since 2004 member of consulting board.

  • Journal: „European Review of Private Law“ (ERPL), Kluwer Law International The Hague: since 2007; member of advisory board.

  • Journal: „European Journal of Property Law“ (EPLJ), de Gruyter Verlag Berlin: since 2011; co-editor.

  • Journal: „Austrian Law Journal“ (ALJ), open access online, since 2014, co-editor. http://www.austrian-law-journal.at

  • Journal: „Austrian Bank Archive“ (ÖBA), Springer Wien New York: since 2010; member of the advisory board.

  • Book Series: Schriften zur Europäischen Rechtswissenschaft/European Legal Studies/Etudes juridiques européennes: Sellier European Law Publishers München; since 2008; co-editor.

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