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Professor Augenhofer appointed reporter for ELI project


Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) from the Institute of Corporate and Tax Law has been appointed by the ELI as reporter for the "Third Party Funding of Litigation Project". Further information on the project can be found here

Report on the conference „Class and Aggregate Litigation in Europe and North America”

From July 8th to July 9th, 2022, the conference “Class and Aggregate Litigation in Europe and North America” took place at the Villa La Pietra (NYU) in Florence, Italy. The event was initiated and co-organized by Univ. Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) as a member of the ELI Austrian Hub, together with the NYU School of Law. Among the attendees were many high ranking academics, judges, and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic. This exceptional group of participants brought many years of experience and an incredible expertise to the conference.

The full report can be found here.

Report on the Evening Lecture „The changing role of contracts in the contemporary economic environment” from Prof. Lisa Bernstein

On June 8, the third and final Evening Lecture of the Summer Semester 2022 took place at the University of Innsbruck. The speaker Prof. Lisa Bernstein, Wilson-Dickinson Professor of Law from the University of Chicago Law School, spoke about "The role of contracts in the contemporary economic environment". The event was organized and moderated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale).

The full report can be found here.

Report on the Evening Lecture „The Iron Law of Financial Regulation” from Prof. Roberta Romano

On May 31, the second Evening Lecture of the Summer Semester 2022 took place at the University of Innsbruck. The speaker Prof. Roberta Romano from Yale Law School spoke about "The Iron Law of Financial Regulation". The event was organized and moderated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale).

The full report can be found here.

Report on the Monday Seminar Series: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Chris Thomale, LL.M. (Yale), University of Vienna with the lecture on cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions

On 23 May, the fifth Monday Seminar of the summer term 2022 organised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Schopper took place. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Chris Thomale, LL.M. (Yale), University of Vienna, gave a virtual zoom lecture on the forthcoming implementation of the EU Mobility Directive 2019/2121 in Austria, laying down new rules on cross-border conversions, mergers and divisions. The transposition must take place by 31 January 2023. Following the lecture, his discussion partner, RA Dr. Roman Perner, Attorney at Law Vienna, shed light on further practical aspects of the upcoming reform. In the end, there was an exciting exchange between the two speakers and the participants, which also included comparative legal considerations on the implementation in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Report on the seminar on Competition law and the ELSA event on the Digital Markets Act (DMA)

On May 12 and 13, 2022, the seminar on competition law by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Giorgio Monti, of Tilburg Law School, took place at the University of Innsbruck. In close collaboration with the seminar, on May 12, the European Law School Association (ELSA) organized an event with the participation of Prof. Augenhofer and Prof. Monti, as well as RA Dr Barbist from Binder Grösswang and Dr Wolf from the European Commission. Both events dealt with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), a highly topical project of the European legislator aiming to regulate the digital economy.

The full report can be found here.

Report on the Monday Seminar Series - Current Problems of Private Commercial Law: RA Dr. Alexander Klauser, Attorney at Law Vienna with the lecture:
"Ischgl and the spread of the Corona virus in March 2020 - civil and criminal liability from a consumer perspective".


On May 09, the fourth event of the lecture series "Current Problems of Private Commercial Law" organized by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Schopper took place. For the first time since the Covid 19 pandemic, the majority of the participants were present at the University of New Orleans Hall at the University of Innsbruck when Dr. Alexander Klauser, attorney-at-law, gave a lecture on the current topic "Ischgl and the spread of the Corona virus in March 2020 - civil and criminal liability from the consumer's point of view". Following his presentation, which was dominated by procedural law, his discussion partners, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Koch, LL.M. (Michigan) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Venier from the University of Innsbruck, shed light on the topic from a civil and criminal law perspective.

Report on the Evening Lecture: "Digital Dispute Resolution” by Prof. Dr. Horst Eidenmüller, University of Oxford

On May 4, 2022, as part of the event series "Evening Lectures" Prof. Dr. Horst Eidenmüller presented the book "Law by Algorithm", which he wrote together with his co-author Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wagner, LL.M. (University of Chicago).

First, he explained important key areas of the book and showed that dealing with new technologies requires a combination of social science and normative insights. The presentation focused on the final chapter of the book, "Digital Dispute Resolution". Prof. Eidenmüller contrasted the shortcomings of current courts with the possibilities offered by digital alternative dispute resolution. At the same time, he emphasized that AI is never fully neutral and warned about the enormous power that large platforms have in out-of-court dispute resolution. Additionally, he stressed that it will become increasingly important to train human judges appropriately so that they are able to review private decisions made by AI.

We would like to thank Prof. Eidenmüller very much for the exciting lecture!

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Guest lecture on Liechtenstein Foundation by Dr. Marco Lettenbichler

On 3 May 2022, Dr. Marco Lettenbichler, post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Company, Foundation and Trust Law, Institute for Business Law, at the University of Liechtenstein, gave a guest lecture on the private- and common-benefit (charitable) Liechtenstein foundation as part of the course "Introduction to Liechtenstein Business and Company Law". A large number of questions from the students showed the interest in this legal entity.
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Vortrag Dr. Lettenbichler

Report on the Monday Seminar Series: Prof. Eva Micheler, London School of Economics with the lecture: "Corporate Law Theory - A Revival of the Real Entity Theory".

The third "Monday Seminar" of the summer semester 2022, organised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alexander Schopper, took place on 25 April 2022. Prof. Dr. Eva Micheler M.Jur., M.Litt (Oxford), London School of Economics, presented the central aspects of her book she had recently published with Oxford University Press, which advocates in particular for a revival of the Real Entity Theory. She thus follows up on a fundamental discussion that already took place in the 19th century. In the following discussion, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Friedrich Harrer, University of Salzburg, discussed the advantages, but also disadvantages of proposed revival.

“ELI Webinar on the Sustainable Consumption of Goods”

On 27/04/2022, the European Law Institute (ELI) hosted a webinar with high-profile speakers to present and discuss the recent publication by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) on behalf of the ELI on the European Commission's Public Consultation on Sustainable Consumption of Goods.

On this occasion, Prof. Augenhofer presented the response to the consultation and dealt in particular with possible amendments to the Sale of Goods Directive. In addition, she mentioned some recommendations to the European legislator. The other panelists were Prof. Dr. Dirk Staudenmayer, Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Hans-Wolfgang Micklitz and Dr. Marta dos Santos Silva. The event was moderated by ELI President Prof. Dr. Pascal Pichonnaz, LL.M (Berkeley).

Under the following link you will find the recording of the event as well as further information:

https://europeanlawinstitute.eu/news-events/upcoming-events/events-sync/news/eli-webinar-on-the-sustainable-consumption-of-goods/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0b5e4ce8fb6d6c689c08ef3cad9e19be

Webinar 27.04.

ELI-Response by Professor Augenhofer to the European Commission's Public Consultation

The European Law Institute (ELI) has submitted a response - drafted by Professor Augenhofer - to the European Commission's Public Consultation on Sustainable Consumption of Goods - Promoting the Right to Repair and Use. The full response and further information can be found here.

 

Report on the Seminar Series – Current Problems of Private Commercial Law: Prof. Dr. Katja Langenbucher, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main with the lecture "Wirecard"

On  Monday, January 24, 2022 the sixth and last event of the seminar series “Current Problems of Private Commercial Law” (also known as “Monday Seminar”) took place in the winter semester 2021/2022. The online event was organised and moderated by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Schopper.The speaker Prof. Dr. Katja Langenbucher, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main gave a presentation on the topic "Wirecard". The main focus of the lecture was on the role of the German corporate governance architecture in the context of the Wirecard scandal as well as on the (legal) consequences of this largest economic scandal in recent German history. In the subsequent discussion with Mag. Dr. Ulla Reisch, attorney at-law she shed light in particular on the Austrian control architecture with a view to the preventive avoidance of such economic scandals (© Julian Nigg).

A detailed report on the Seminar is available here.

 

Report on the Seminar Series – Current Problems of Private Commercial Law: Prof. DDr. Martin Gelter, S.J.D., Fordham University School of Law with the lecture: "Empirical Investigation on the Choice between Monistic and Dualistic Organ Structure in Europe"

On  10 January 2022, the fifth event of the seminar series “Current Problems of Private Commercial Law” (also known as “Monday Seminar”) took place in the winter semester 2021/2022. The online event was organised and moderated by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Schopper. The speaker Prof. DDr. Martin Gelter, S.J.D., Fordham University School of Law gave a lecture on "Empirical Investigation on the Choice between Monistic and Dualistic Organ Structure in Europe". Afterwards, MMag. Dr. Christoph Diregger, Attorney at law discussed the empirical results of the study. (© Julian Nigg)

A detailed report on the Seminar is available here.

 

Professor Augenhofer to become part of the Advisory Board "Smart Regulation" at the University of Graz

Professor Augenhofer was invited by Prof. Dr. Reidl, Vice-Rector at the University of Graz, to become a member of the Advisory Board in the Field of Excellence Smart Regulation at the University of Graz. Professor Augenhofer was pleased to accept this invitation and is looking forward to her new task.

 

 


Current Problems of Private Business Law

General information on the seminar series "Current Problems of Private Business Law"

 

Information on the seminar series summer semester 2022
Registration required! All events are also streamed. You will receive the link with the access data after registration. In case of a hybrid event, it will take place in the University of New Orleans Saal (Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck). The event modalities may change in case of tightening restrictions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Programm summer semester 2022

07.03.2022

WiEReG: Herausforderung für Unternehmen und Verpflichtete

Lecturer:

RA Dr. Elisabeth Reiner, LL.M., Rechtsanwältin Wien

Discussion with:

StB Prof. Univ.‐Lekt. MMag. Dr. Klaus Hilber, Steuerberater Innsbruck

28.03.2022

Kryptowerte als elektronische Wertpapiere

Lecturer:

Univ.‐Ass. Mag. Dr. Martin Miernicki, B.A. BSc, Universität Wien

Discussion with:

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Omlor, LL.M. (NYU), LL.M. Eur., Universität Marburg

25.04.2022

Gesellschaftsrechtstheorie – Eine Wiederbelebung der Theorie der
realen Verbandsperson

Lecturer:

Prof. Dr. Eva Micheler M.Jur., M.Litt (Oxford), London School of Economics

Discussion with:

RA o. Univ.‐Prof. Dr. Friedrich Harrer, Universität Salzburg

09.05.2022

Ischgl und die Ausbreitung des Corona‐Virus im März 2020 – Zivil‐ und strafrechtliche Haftung
aus Verbrauchersicht

Lecturer:

RA Dr. Alexander Klauser; Rechtsanwalt Wien

Discussion with:

Univ.‐Prof. Dr. Bernhard Koch, LL.M. (Michigan) und Univ.‐Prof. Dr. Andreas Venier,
beide Universität Innsbruck

23.05.2022

Internationale Umgründungen – ausgewählte Probleme

Lecturer:

Univ.‐Prof. Dr. Chris Thomale, LL.M. (Yale), Universität Wien

Discussion with:

RA Dr. Roman Perner, Rechtsanwalt Wien

13.06.2022

DSGVO und Digitale‐Inhalte‐RL ((EU) 2019/770) – Versuch einer
Synchronisierung der europäischen Vorgaben

Lecturer:

Dr. Andreas Sattler, LL.M. (Nottingham), Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität München

Discussion with:

Univ.‐Prof. Dr. Malte Kramme, Universität Innsbruck

With friendly support of

Logo Sigl Sollerer       Logo UGP

 

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Here you can download the programme as a PDF document.



Evening Lectures 

 

The event series takes place in cooperation with the Austrian Hub of the European Law Institute (ELI).

 

General information on the seminar "Evening Lectures"

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Conferences

Report on the conference on „Third party litigation funding – a necessity or deterrence of Justice?“ on 10.12.2021

On Friday, December 10, 2021, a conference on “Third party litigation funding – a necessity or deterrence of Justice?” was held, focusing in particular on the Directive (EU) 2020/1828 on representative actions for the protection of consumers´ collective interests (“Collective Redress”) and on the practical handling of the third-party litigation funding issue. The online event was hosted by the Austrian Hub of the ELI and moderated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale), co-chair Austrian Hub. The keynote address was given by Prof. Judith Resnik, Yale Law School on the topic “The Need for and the Challenges of collective redress”.

A detailed report on the Conference is available here.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Koch, LL.M. (Michigan)
The Implementation of the Directive Concerning Contracts for the Sale of Goods and the Digital Content and Digital Services Directive

On Friday, 26 November 2021, the second conference on the implementation of the Sale of Goods Directive and the Digital Content Directive in Austria and Germany, which dealt with the concrete implementation laws in both legal systems, took place. The online event was hosted by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Dean of Studies Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Koch, LL.M. (Michigan).

A detailed report on the Conference is available here.

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Koch, LL.M. (Michigan)
The Implementation of the Directive Concerning Contracts for the Sale of Goods and the Digital Content and Digital Services Directive 

 

The conference „The Implementation of the Directive Concerning Contracts for the Sale of Goods and the Digital Content and Digital Services Directive” took place on 27 November 2020 under the direction of Professor Susanne Augenhofer and Professor Bernhard Koch.  At the same time, the conference served as a kick-off event for the relaunch of the Austrian Hub of the European Law Institute (ELI). The conference report can be found here.

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    On November 26, 2021, another meeting will be held on this topic to address specific implementation legislation.



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