Statutory Organs

Board of IACPIL

Matthias Lehmann (President)

is full professor of private law, private international and comparative law at the University of Vienna. He holds master’s degrees by the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) and Columbia University (New York), doctoral degrees by the University of Jena (Germany) and Columbia University (New York), and a Habilitation by the University of Bayreuth (Germany). He has been visiting academic at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at Oxford University. He is regularly invited as guest professor at the Sorbonne (France) and the Universities of Fribourg (Switzerland) and Pablo de Olavide, Seville (Spain). Amongst others, he is a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), the European Law Institute (ELI), the European Banking Institute (EBI), and of various working groups of the UK Financial Market Law Committee. His main interest lies in cross-border and comparative aspects of banking and financial law.


bea-verschraegenBea Verschraegen (Vice President)

Since 1998 full professor of Private International Law and Comparative Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna and since 2004 at the Pan European University Bratislava. Full professor of Civil Law and related branches at the Europa-University Viadrina (1992-1994), full professor at the University of Bielefeld of Civil Law, Private International Law, Comparative Law and European Integration (1994-1998). Head of the Austrian Section of the International Academy of Comparative Law, immediate past President of the International Society of Family Law, Présidente honoraire de la Commission Internationale de l’État Civil, adjunct professor at the University of Macau (2012-2015).



Florian Heindler (Vice President)

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at Sigmund Freud Private University. From 2009 to 2013, Florian worked as a research assistant at the Department of European, International and Comparative Law at the University of Vienna, and from 2017 to 2019 he worked as a research assistant (postdoc) at the Faculty of Law at Sigmund Freud Private University. He graduated from Vienna University in 2009 with a diploma in Law (Master equivalent), and in 2011 with a diploma in philology (Master equivalent), and he finished his doctorate studies in Law in 2016. Florian Heindler is an Associate Member der International Academy of Comparative Law, Ambassadeur der Association des Alumni et Amis de l’Institut Suisse de droit comparé, Associate Member of the Centre for Private International Law at the School of Law der University of Aberdeen and Fellow des European Law Institute. Between 2018 and 2023 Florian Heindler was President of IACPIL.



Spyridon Bazinas

Mr. Bazinas (Basinas) is a Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria. He also advises States and national an international organizations in their trade law reform assistance programmes. From 2003 to 2017, he has been the Secretary of the UNCITRAL Working Group VI (Security Interests), when it prepared the Guide to Enactment of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions (2017), the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions (2016), the UNCITRAL Guide on the Implementation of a Security Rights Registry (2013), the Supplement on Security Interests in Intellectual Property Rights (2010), and the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions (2007). He also served as Secretary of the Working Group on International Contract Practices, when it prepared the draft Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade (2001). He has also been involved in the Commission’s work on insolvency, bank guarantees, procurement and electronic commerce. He has also provided technical assistance to States and lectured all over the world on a variety of UNCITRAL work topics. For a number of years, he has been teaching a course on secured financing (including insolvency and private international law) at the Law School of the University of Vienna, Austria. Mr. Bazinas (Basinas) has co-authored more than ten books and has published more than fifty articles on various international trade law topics and, in particular, on secured financing. Before joining the UNCITRAL Secretariat in 1992, Mr. Bazinas (Basinas) worked for three years at the General Legal Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York, dealing with contract and administrative law matters (1989-1992), and before that time, for another two years as an attorney in Athens, Greece, dealing with civil and commercial law matters (1986-1988). Mr. Bazinas (Basinas) holds an LL.B. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an LL.M. equivalent from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and an LL.M. from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, U.S.A.

harald-eberhardHarald Eberhard

is working as Professor for Public Law at the Institute for Austrian and European Public Law at the Department of Public Law and Tax Law of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna, since 2011). Since 2014, he holds the function of the Programme Director of the Bachelor Law Studies at the WU.
Professor Eberhard passed his law studies in Vienna from 1997 to 2002 and earned his doctorate in law at the University of Vienna Law School in 2002 for his work about public administrative treaties (Der verwaltungsrechtliche Vertrag, Springer ViennaNewYork 2005). After that, he started his scientific carrier at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law of the University of Vienna Law School. In 2010, he received his habilitation (PhD) from the University of Vienna for his analysis of the non-territorial self-government bodies (Nichtterritoriale Selbstverwaltung, Verlag Österreich Vienna 2014). Before joining the WU as a professor, he held a visiting professorship at the Institute of Austrian and European Public Law. Harald Eberhard also has been working for several years (from 2008 to 2011) at the Austrian Constitutional Court at which he established – as a member of the steering committee – a department for scientific matters. He holds – besides the Vienna University of Economics and Business – lectureships at the University of Vienna and the Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj (Romania).
Harald Eberhard is – together with Christoph Bezemek and Claudia Fuchs – Editor-in-Chief of the Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law (ICL-Journal) which was founded in 2007 (published by Verlag Österreich/De Gruyter). He also is co-editor of the “International and Comparative Public Law Series” (Facultas/NOMOS Verlagsgesellschaft) which seeks to develop critical and reflexive perspectives on the internationalisation and globalisation of public law, not only in Europe but throughout the world, and of the “Austrian and European Public Law Series“ (Verlag Österreich). Furthermore, he holds the editorship of the Austrian Journal for Administrative Sciences (ÖVwBl) and the SIAK-Journal (Journal for Police Science and Practice) as well as the membership of the Scientific Advisory Board of the “Zeitschrift für Verwaltung” (Journal on Administrative Law – ZfV) and “Spektrum der Rechtswissenschaften”. Harald Eberhard also is member of the steering committee of the Austrian Society of Administrative Sciences (ÖVG) and of the executive committee of the Austrian Society of legislative matters (ÖGGL) as well of the International Association of the “Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law” (“Interdisziplinäre Gesellschaft für Komparatistik und Kollisionsrecht” – IACPIL/IGKK). Furthermore, he is member of the Coordination Board as well as of the Joint Managerial Committee of the China-EU School of Law (CESL).
The research interests of Harald Eberhard focus in special on the crossroads of constitutional and administrative law both of the national, especially Austrian, and the international level. In his in around 220 publications, Harald Eberhard deals with all relevant topics of constitutional and administrative law as well as public business law and their relation to European Union Law. He is co-author of one of Austria’s well-known textbooks in the field (Öhlinger/Eberhard, Verfassungsrecht [Constitutional Law] 12nd ed, 2019). A special research interest is dedicated to the topic of international and comparative constitutional as well as administrative law.


IACPIL Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Dr Mauro Bussani (University of Trieste)

Hon. Prof. Judge Dennis Davis (University of Cape Town)

Prof. Dr Peter Doralt (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Prof. Dr Talia Einhorn (Ariel University)

Prof. Dr Axel Flessner (†)

Prof. Dr Helmut Heiss (University of Zurich)

Prof. Duncan Kennedy (Harvard Law School)

Prof. Dr Alexander Makovsky (†)

Prof. Dr Vernon Palmer (Tulane Law School)

Prof. Guiguo Wang (Hunan Normal University School of Law, Tulane University Law School)

Prof. Dr Christiane Wendehorst (University of Vienna)