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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.

 

Report on the Evening Lecture: Prof. Dr. Lucia Reisch „Behavioural Public Policy for Sustainable Development – with a Focus on Climate Change“

On December 15, 2021, the second event of the series “Evening Lectures” in the winter semester 2021/2022 took place. The online event was once again hosted and moderated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale). The renowned social scientist and economist Prof. Dr. Lucia Reisch, Director of the El-Erian Institute of Behavioural Economics and Policy, University of Cambridge, spoke on the topic of “Behavioural Public Policy for Sustainable Development – with a Focus on Climate Change” (© Julian Nigg).

A detailed report on the Seminar is available here.

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

On 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” (© Julian Nigg).

A detailed report on the Conference is available here.

Report on the Seminar Series – Current Problems of Private Commercial Law: MMag. Erika Ummenberger-Zierler, Austrian Federal Ministry for Digitalisation and Economic Location and Prof. Dr. jur. Ansgar Ohly, LL.M. (Cambridge), LMU Munich with the lecture: "UWG new - Effects of the New Deal for Consumers"

On 6 December 2021, the fourth 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 speakers MMag. Erika Ummenberger-Zierler, BMDW and Prof. Dr. jur. Ansgar Ohly, LL.M. (Cambridge), LMU Munich gave a presentation on the topic "UWG new - Effects of the New Deal for Consumers". The topic of the lecture was the implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/2161 on better enforcement and modernisation of consumer protection rules in the European Union ("Omnibus Directive") from an Austrian and German perspective (© Julian Nigg).

A detailed report on the Seminar is available here.

 

Report on the Conference on “Implementation of the Sale of Goods Directive and the Digital Content Directive in Austria and Germany” on 26.11.2021

On 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) (© Julian Nigg).

A detailed report on the Conference is available here.

 

Report on the Seminar Series – Current Problems of Private Commercial Law: Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (Univ. Chicago), Free University of Berlin with the lecture: “Review of the Exchange Ratio and Severance Pay – Mobility Directive as an Impetus for Reform”

On 22 November 2021, the third 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. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (Chicago) from the Free University of Berlin gave a lecture on the topic “Review of the exchange ratio and severance payments – Mobility Directive as an impetus for reform”. In the subsequent discussion Mag. Slavica Vanovac, an Austrian lawyer, shed light on the effects of the Mobility Directive concerning Austrian corporate law (© Julian Nigg).

A detailed report on the Seminar is available here.

 

 

Guest lecture by Dr. Marco Lettenbichler

On 16 November 2021, 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 Liechtenstein foundation and the Liechtenstein stock corporation as part of the course "Introduction to Liechtenstein Business and Company Law". Both legal forms are of outstanding importance in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
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Prof. Augenhofer at the Conference for lawyers in Hannover

On 12 November 2021, Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) gave a presentation at the conference "Anwaltschaft im Blick der Wissenschaft", which was hosted by the German Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) and the Institute for Procedural and Bar Law of Leibniz University Hannover. Her speech formed part of a unit on "Legal Protection for multiple parties" and dealt with various forms of collective actions in Germany and Austria. Besides, Prof. Augenhofer considered upcoming changes brought about by the Directive 2020/1828/EU.

Please find more information here:

https://anwaltskonferenz.de/ 

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Report on the seminar series - Current Problems of Private Commercial Law: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Doralt, University of Graz with the lecture: "(Total) Reform of Austrian (Capital) Company Law? - Remarks on the current work around an Austrian Limited"

On October 18, 2021, the first event of the seminar series "Current Problems of Private Commercial Law" (also known as "Monday Seminars") in the winter semester 2021/2022 - hosted and moderated by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) and Prof. Dr. Alexander Schopper - took place. The speaker Prof. Dr. Walter Doralt gave a lecture on the highly topical subject "(Total) Reform of the Austrian (Capital) Company Law? - Remarks on the current work around an Austrian Limited". In the subsequent commentary on the lecture, Prof. Dr. Jessica Schmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham) from the University of Bayreuth offered her insights on the reform from the perspective of comparative law. (© Leon Bergmann)

A detailed report on the Evening Lecture is available here.

 

Guest Lecture by Prof. Augenhofer at the University of Oxford

On  27 October 2021, Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) followed an invitation from the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford to give a talk on “The Representative Actions Directive for the protection of the collective interests of consumers – one step forward, two steps back?”. The event took place as a hybrid event at Brasenose College, University of Oxford. In her talk, Prof. Augenhofer focused on the consequences of the directive and its defects, comparing them to the UK system of collective actions.

To find more information, please use the following link:

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/events/representative-actions-directive-protection-collective-interests-consumers-one-step-forward

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Report on the Evening Lecture "The ultra vires doctrine of the German Federal Constitutional Court - crisis or opportunity for Europe?"

On October 13, 2021 the first Evening Lecture of the winter semester 2021/2022 took place. Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dieter Grimm, LL.M. Humboldt-University Berlin explored in this hybrid event the importance of the ultra vires doctrine practiced by the German Federal Constitutional Court for the European Union. The lecture was commented by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Obwexer, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University and Professor of European Law.

(© Julian Nigg)

A detailed report on the Evening Lecture is available here.

 

Welcome and farewell to professors

On 1 October 2021, professors recently appointed to the University of Innsbruck were welcomed to the Faculty of Law. Among the newly appointed professors was Professor Augenhofer, who took over a chair at the Institute of Business and Tax Law on 1 January 2020. The Faculty of Law also bid farewell to those professors who have left the University of Innsbruck – among them Professor Eckert, who has accepted a call to the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

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Professor Augenhofer appointed as a member of ASCOLA

In September 2021, Professor Augenhofer was appointed as a member of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA). For more information on ASCOLA, please click here.

Professor Augenhofer appointed as
ELI Council Member

In elections held on 8 September 2021, Professor Augenhofer was appointed to the Council of the European Law Institute (ELI). For more information on the Council Elections, please click here.

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Save the Date: Friday, 10 December 2021

Conference on: Third party litigation funding – a necessity or deterrence of Justice? Online Event

Professor Augenhofer appointed as Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School

In July 2021 Professor Augenhofer was appointed as Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School for the academic year 2021/22. For more information, please click here.

Study for the preparation of an implementation report on the General Product Safety Directive

On 30 June 2021 the European Commission has published a study for the preparation of an implementation report on the General Product Safety Directive. The study consists of a main part and a second part with country reports on the implementation of the Directive. Professor Augenhofer feels honoured to have contributed the country report for Austria.

Links to the studies:

GPSD Report Part 1

GPSD Report Part 2 

 

Digital Conference "Drei-Länder-Treffen 2021"

On 17 and 18 June 2021 the conference “Drei-Länder-Treffen 2021” hosted by the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik” (DGRI) took place online. Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) presented the Austrian implementation draft of the Sale of Goods Directive and the Digital Content Directive.
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The complete report can be found here.

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Evening Lecture „The Digital Markets Act
– a games changer?” (09.06.2021)

On Wednesday, 09 June 2021, the fourth Evening Lecture of the spring semester 2021 took place online. Giorgio Monti, Professor of Competition Law at Tilburg Law School and part-time professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute, gave his second lecture in this seminar series.
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The complete report can be found here.

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Guest Lecture by Prof. Susanne Augenhofer at the University of Tilburg 

On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Prof. Dr. Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) held a guest lecture at the University of Tilburg. Within Professor Giorgio Monti’s competition law lecture, professor Augenhofer spoke about collective redress in consumer law, in particular the new Representative Actions Directive. In her presentation, she gave students an overview of the main enforcement mechanisms in consumer and competition law, as well as a comparative review of the main collective redress mechanisms. Professor Augenhofer especially pointed out how the various choices made by the legislator in the context of collective redress each have their pros and cons. Opt-in or opt-out mechanism, types of redress measures and funding were discussed in this context.

After her presentation Professor Augenhofer engaged in a lively Q&A with the students to answer unresolved questions and discuss the new Directives main features.

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Evening Lecture “Essential Platforms” (19.05.2021)

On Wednesday, 19 May 2021, Dr. Nikolas Guggenberger, LL.M. (Stanford) from the Information Society Project at Yale Law School gave the third evening lecture of spring term 2021. The lecture was organized and moderated by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale).
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The complete report can be found here.

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Guest Lecture by Prof. Susanne Augenhofer at the University of Tilburg 

On Wednesday, 12 May 2021, Prof. Dr. Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) held a guest lecture at the University of Tilburg. Within Professor Giorgio Monti’s competition law lecture, professor Augenhofer spoke about collective redress in consumer law, in particular the new Representative Actions Directive. In her presentation, she gave students an overview of the main enforcement mechanisms in consumer and competition law, as well as a comparative review of the main collective redress mechanisms. Professor Augenhofer especially pointed out how the various choices made by the legislator in the context of collective redress each have their pros and cons. Opt-in or opt-out mechanism, types of redress measures and funding were discussed in this context.

After her presentation Professor Augenhofer engaged in a lively Q&A with the students to answer unresolved questions and discuss the new Directives main features.

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Digital Conference “Marktermöglichung durch Recht im Digitalen Zeitalter“

On Friday, 7 May 2021, the conference “Marktermöglichung durch Recht im Digitalen Zeitalter“ hosted by the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg took place online. Among the speakers was Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale), who held a presentation on consumer law enforcement and algorithm control by the German Competition Authority. In her presentation Professor Augenhofer contributed to the ongoing discussion on expanding the Competition Authority’s competences with regards to consumer rights enforcement. According to Professor Augenhofer, the Authority should be designated to enforce consumer rights. Faster and more resource efficient enforcement, in-house expertise and experience with the sanction system of the German Competition Act are the main supporting factors.

Following the panel meeting, Professor Augenhofer engaged in a lively discussion with the audience.

More information about the conference can be found here.

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Guest Lecture by Mag. Hannes Seidelberger

On Tuesday, 11 May 2021, Mag. Hannes Seidelberger gave a guest lecture as part of Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer’s competition law course. Based on numerous cases from daily practice, Mag. Seidelberger presented the work of the Association against Unfair Competition (Schutzverband gegen unlauteren Wettbewerb). The exciting lecture was followed by a lively discussion.

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Evening Lecture „Mergers and Merger Control in Digital Markets” (28.04.2021)

On Wednesday, 28 April 2021, Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) was welcomed virtually to Innsbruck for the second "Evening Lecture" of the Spring Term, hosted and moderated by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale). As a renowned researcher for, among other things, digitalization, competition policy and empirical industrial economics, he gave a lecture on mergers and merger control for big tech firms in digital markets.
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The complete report can be found here.

 

 

 

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Evening lecture “Controlling Power in the Digital Economy: The Role of Antitrust” (14.04.2021)

On Wednesday, 14 April 2021, the first evening lecture of the spring term 2021 took place virtually. The lecture was held by Prof. Eleanor Fox, the Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade and Regulation at New York University School of Law and was moderated by Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale). Professor Fox discussed the role of antitrust law in regulating Big Tech companies. She started her presentation by introducing the audience to the status quo of antitrust law in the United States and in the EU, as well as current developments, also in China. She further explained how the “GAFA” (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) use their economic power to stifle competition. After comparing the systems of either side of the ocean, she presented recent case law from both continents aimed at comparing the different approaches taken. Notable cases include, amongst others, the Google cases both in the EU and the U.S., the Facebook case in Germany and the Apple v. Epic case in the U.S. Her analysis led to the conclusion that the U.S. is lagging far behind the EU in terms of antitrust regulation and enforcement and that stricter regulation is needed. Prof. Fox concluded her presentation by inviting the audience to reflect on the global governance gap in antitrust regulation and possible remedies for taming Big Tech. Due to these firms having their statutory seat in the U.S., it is difficult for the EU to intervene effectively. With regard to possible remedies, she examined pros and cons of breakups and of behavioural regulation. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session, where Professor Fox engaged with questions from the audience – which included students, academics as well as practitioners – on these topics.

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European Law Institute - Austrian Hub

Professor Augenhofer was appointed to chair the Austrian Hub of the European Law Institute together with Professor Doralt (University of Graz) and Professor Koller (University of Vienna). More information can be found here.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) in the CPAG

Prof. Dr. Susanne Augenhofer, LL.M. (Yale) is feeling very honored to be elected by the European Commission to the new Consumer Policy Advisory Group (CPAG) and to be able to contribute to the implementation of the New Consumer Agenda in the green and digital transition. More information can be found here.

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Current Problems of Private Business Law

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

 

Information on the seminar series for the winter semester 2021/22
Registration required! All events will be streamed. You will receive the link with the access data after registration. Please refer to the information for each date to determine whether the event will be hybrid or online only. Event modalities are subject to change in the event of tightening restrictions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Program winter semester 2021/22

18.10.2021

online

 (Total-) Reform des österreichischen (Kapital-) Gesellschaftsrechts?

– Anmerkungen zu den aktuellen Arbeiten rund um eine Austrian Limited

Lecturer:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Doralt, Universität Graz

Discussion with:

Prof. Dr. Jessica Schmidt, LL.M. (Nottingham), Universität Bayreuth

08.11.2021

hybrid

Compliance-Management – Rechtliche Herausforderungen für Unternehmensleitungen

Lecturer:

Dr. Tobias Teicke, Comfield Unternehmensberatung

Discussion with:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Julia Told, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien

22.11.2021

online

Überprüfung des Umtauschverhältnisses und von Abfindungen –

Mobilitätsrichtlinie als Reformanstoß

Lecturer:

Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M. (Univ. Chicago), Freie Universität Berlin

Discussion with:

Mag. Slavica Vanovac, Rechtsanwältin

06.12.2021

online

UWG neu – Auswirkungen des New Deals for Consumers

Lecturer:

MMag. Erika Ummenberger-Zierler,

Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort

Discussion with:

Prof. Dr. jur. Ansgar Ohly, LL.M. (Cambridge), LMU München

10.01.2022

online

Empirische Untersuchung zur Wahl zwischen monistischer und dualistischer Organstruktur in Europa

Lecturer:

Prof. DDr. Martin Gelter, S.J.D., Fordham University School of Law

Discussion with:

MMag. Dr. Christoph Diregger, Rechtsanwalt

24.01.2021

online

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Lecturer:

Prof. Dr. Katja Langenbucher, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

Discussion with:

Mag. Dr. Ulla Reisch, Rechtsanwältin

 

With friendly support of

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 Please click here to download the program of the seminar series.



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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Date: 13.10.2021

The ultra-vires-doctrine of the Federal Consitutional Court 
– crisis or opportunity for Europe?

Lecturer: Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dieter Grimm, LL.M., Humboldt University Berlin 

Note:  Due to the current situation (COVID-19), the evening lecture will take place as a hybrid event in autumn 2021.

 

Date: 15.12.2021

Behavioural Public Policy for Sustainable Development

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Lucia Reisch, University of Cambridge

Note: Due to the current situation (COVID-19), the Evening Lecture will take place online.

 

 


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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