Curriculum Vitae

Susanne Augenhofer has been a full Professor of Law at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, since January 2020. Before then she was a Professor of Law at Humboldt University in Berlin as well as at the University of Erfurt in Germany. She was a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School in spring 2020, where she was also as an Associate Research Scholar. In spring 2018, she taught at NYU School of Law, where she was a Global Hauser Senior Fellow in 2016–2017. In spring 2016, she served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

Before her appointment as Associate Professor at Humboldt University in 2009, she conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), the London School of Economics (United Kingdom) and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Professor Augenhofer studied law at the University of Graz (Austria, Mag. Iur.), the Universitá Statale di Milano (Italy), the University of Vienna (Austria, doctor iuris), and as a Fulbright scholar at Yale Law School (LL.M.) as well as at the Free University Berlin (Germany, LL.M.), where she was supported by a Yale Fox Fellowship.

Her research focuses on a range of issues across consumer law, including international contract law, fair trade and advertising law, and competition and antitrust law. Her research places a special emphasis on the enforcement of consumer rights, as well as legal comparison in the context of the harmonisation of private law in the European Union and transnational settings. Her current research focuses on the liability of businesses for corporate speech, self-regulation of privacy law, warranty law in the digital age, the proposal for the Digital Market Act, the legal assessment of social media influencers, the private enforcement of antitrust law, and the current state of class actions in the United States and Europe.

Professor Augenhofer is a Fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI). She has advised the European Parliament and the European Commission on various issues regarding European fair trade as well as consumer law, including product liability, and its enforcement. She was the co-founder of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic, the first German legal clinic for consumer rights.

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