Statutory Organs

Board of IACPIL

Florian Heindler (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. In the same year, Florian became an associate fellow of the International Academy of the Belt and Road (IABR), Hong Kong. In 2017, he became a fellow of the European Law Institute, and in 2019, he became an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL). Florian has authored two monographs and has published more than twenty-five contributions to edited volumes and journals.


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).


stefan-grillerStefan Griller (Vice President)

Born in 1956; 1978-1991 Assistant at the Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law of Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Vienna (Prof. Heinz Peter Rill); 1988 Habilitation in “Public Law” at Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Vienna; 1991 Professor for Public Law with special regards to European Law; 1994-1996 Associate Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht / Luxemburg; November 1994 Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute for European Studies, Tamkang University, Taipeh, Republic of China; Since autumn 1995 Jean Monnet-Professor for Legal Problems of European Integration; 1996-1999 Visiting Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht / Luxemburg; 2002-2008: Secretary General of the European Communities Studies Association – Austria (ECSA Austria); 1998-2002: Vice-chairman of the Austrian federal commission for public procurement; 2007-2008: Fernand Braudel-Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Since July 2005: Head of the Research Institute for European Affairs (also 1990-1999); Since November 2008: President of the European Communities Studies Association – Austria (ECSA Austria) (also 1996-2002). Research Interests: Constitutional issues of European integration; International economic law with a focus on WTO law; Public procurement.


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.


Karin Bruckmüller

is researcher and lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Dep. for Criminal Law and Law Philosophy) (since 2012) and at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Dep. for Criminal Law Practice and Medical Criminal Law) (since 1013). Since 2017 she is lecturer at the Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna in the field of Criminal Law. She graduated (degree in law) from and completed her doctoral studies in criminal law at the University of Vienna, there she also was University Assistant.  She worked i.a. for the Ministry of Justice (during the EU Presidency), at the victim support service “Weisser Rind” and the Austrian Criminal Bar Association on comparative law matters. She is leader of and researcher in numerous international, comparative law projects and working groups.


Jürgen Busch

Studies of history, political science, law, and legal theory in Vienna, Leuven, Brussel, Florence, and Linz (Mag. phil. 2000, LL.M. and D.E.A. in 2005); since 2010 researcher and lecturer at the Department of European, International and Comparative Law at the University of Vienna (http://ipr.univie.ac.at); (part time) lecturer at Masaryk University in Brno and at Pan-European University Bratislava. 1999-2003 assistant positions at the legal history department of the University of Vienna; 2000-2007 project coordinator (part time) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Commission of Austrian Legal History. 2004-2006 program manager Erasmus in the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD); 2006-2010 researcher in the project “Biographical Research on Hans Kelsen” funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) back at the law faculty of the University of Vienna. In spring semester 2010 visiting researcher at Law Department of the Central European University Budapest. Currently, participation in the International Constitutional Law Initiative in Vienna: co-director of the Erasmus Intensive Program NICLAS (Network International Constitutional Law and Administrative Studies Summer School; www.univie.ac.at/icl), member of the editorial board of the Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law (www.icl-journal.com); member of the steering committee of the Central and Eastern European Forum of Legal, Political and Social Theorists (www.cee-forum.org); Secretary General of the European Academy of Legal Theory (EALT) in Brussels (www.legaltheory.eu), project director of the EALT consortium Erasmus Multilateral Project AMELIE (Advanced Master Programme of the European Academy of Legal Theory in European Legal Culture and Jurisprudence). Current research interests combine legal theory, international constitutional law, comparative law, and history of legal science.


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.


Judith Schacherreiter

Judith Schacherreiter is Senior Associate at KNOETZL HAUGENEDER NETAL Rechtsanwälte GmbH (since 2016) and teacher at the University of Vienna. She studied law in Linz and Vienna. In Vienna she made her doctorate and her habilitation (for civil law, comparative law and private international law). Since 2015 she works in litigation. Judith specializes in private international and international procedural law, civil law, comparative law with a focus on Latin America and postcolonial theory. 2017: Habilitation for civil law (monograph on unjust enrichment and damage claims in intellectual property law); 2015-2016: Wolf Theiss attorneys at law; 2003-2015: researcher and teacher at the Department for Comparative, Uniform and Private International Law of the University of Vienna; 2013: Habilitation for comparative and private international law (monograph on legal transplants in Mexican land law from a postcolonial perspective); 2012-2013: maternity leave; 2010-2012: Schrödinger-scholarship of the Austrian Science Fund: research project in Oaxaca (Mexico) und Mexico City; 2008-2010: research stays in Oaxaca (Mexico); 2005 (Juli): Summer School in English Legal Methods, Universität Cambridge; 2005: Doctorate; 2000-2003: Specht attorneys at law and court practice; 2002: Externship at Speechly Bircham in London; 2000: magistra juris in Vienna.


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 (Humboldt University Berlin)

Prof. Dr Helmut Heiss (University of Zurich)

Prof. Duncan Kennedy (Harvard Law School)

Prof. Dr Alexander Makovsky (Research Centre of Private Law under the President of the Russian Federation named after S.S. Alekseev)

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)