Statutory Organs

Board of IACPIL

Florian Heindler (President)

Florian Heindler (born 1986) is a post-doctoral research and teaching associate at the Faculty of Law at Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna (since 2016). He graduated from Vienna University in 2009 (master’s degree in law) and 2011 (master’s degree in philology of Slavonic languages) and completed his doctoral studies in law in 2016. Since, he works as legal counsel for a major Austrian bank, focusing particularly on questions of international contract law and finance. He is also an Of Counsel at Specht attorney’s at law. In addition, he was appointed project head for the implementation of the U.S. Foreign Account Compliance Act and the Common Reporting Standard. From 2009 to 2013, Florian worked as a prae-doctoral teaching and research associate at the Department of European, International and Comparative Law at the University of Vienna. He currently lectures at University of Aberdeen and has delivered lectures at Masaryk University in Brno, University of Vienna, Moscow State University, the University of Lucerne and Stockholm University. He has acquired additional practical experience through his work in international law firms, including Specht and CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz attorneys at law, and contributions to research projects. Florian was recently involved in a research project funded by the Russian Central Bank on legal aspects of structured finance products. Earlier in 2016, he was involved in drafting the Austrian legal aspects report for the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative. His main research areas are private international law, comparative law, private law, financial market law and legal education. In 2016 he presented the Austrian contribution to EUPILLAR, the EU-funded research project on European Union Private International Law: Legal Application in Reality, at a conference at LSE London. In 2016, Florian became an associate fellow of the International Academy of the Belt and Road (IABR), Hong Kong.

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.

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 (; (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;, member of the editorial board of the Vienna Online Journal on International Constitutional Law (; member of the steering committee of the Central and Eastern European Forum of Legal, Political and Social Theorists (; Secretary General of the European Academy of Legal Theory (EALT) in Brussels (, 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.

peter-doraltPeter Doralt

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harald-eberhardHarald Eberhard

is working as Professor for Public Law at the Institute for Austrian und 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. 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). 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 180 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. A special interest is dedicated to the topic of international and comparative constitutional as well as administrative law.

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.

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.

IGKK Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Dr Mauro Bussani (University of Trieste)

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

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)