Caroline Voithofer
Ass.-Prof. MMag. Dr.

Assistant Professor for Theory of Law

co-chair of the doctoral school on health law

   University of Innsbruck, Innrain 15, 6020 Innsbruck
 office hours: by appointment
 +43 512 507 81616
 Caroline.Voithofer@uibk.ac.at

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Dr.in Caroline Voithofer joined the Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law at the University of Innsbruck on 1.4.2022 as assistant professor. Her research focuses on civil law, legal gender studies, reproductive medicine and genetic engineering law, law & society research and the philosophy of law.

She completed her diploma studies in Law and Business Administration (focus on Organisational Studies) at the University of Innsbruck from 2001 to 2008 and received her PhD in Law in 2010 with a thesis on gender roles in the legal discourse on post-marital maintenance. From 2010 to 2022, she was a university assistant at the Institute for Civil Law.

Caroline Voithofer is a member of the research platform Center Gender Research Innsbruck at the University of Innsbruck and spokesperson of the research group interpersonale Gewalt & Geschlecht (interpersonal violence & gender). Her current habilitation project is dedicated to the permissibility limits of body-related legal transactions, the regulation of bodies as well as the interaction of different body norms (moral, social, legal).

Main research areas

  • Civil law with a focus on the general part, adult protection law, family law, law of obligations
  • Medical law with a focus on reproductive medicine and genetic engineering
  • Legal gender studies, intersectional legal studies & equality law
  • Law & Society Research
  • Biotechnology and biopower

Publications (selection)

  • Interdisziplinäres Handbuch Sorgearbeit, 2023/24, Springer Verlag, together with Cottier, Michelle; Scheiwe, Kirsten.
  • Körper im Spannungsfeld von Unterwerfung und Subversion, 2023, Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), together with Heidegger, Maria; Ludwig, Gundula.
  • Artikel 6 BRK, in: Landolt, Hardy; Naguib, Tarek; Pärli, Kurt: Kommentar zur BRK, Stämpfli Verlag, in Finalisierung.
  • Emancipatory Potential of selected Regulations of Maintenance and Matrimonial Property after Divorce: Reflections based on the Concept of Relational Autonomy, in: Antomo, Jennifer; Duden, Konrad; Wiedemann, Denis, Changing families, changing family law - Convergence or divergence in Europe?, in Ausarbeitung.
  • Innsbrucker Genderlectures IV, 2022, Innsbruck: innsbruck university press (IUP), together with Schnegg, Kordula; Julia, Tschuggnall and Auer, Manfred; read the book here.
  • The protection of People with disabilities in Austrian Law, Actualidad Jurídica Iberoamericana 2022, in press, together with Ganner, Michael.
  • Privatrechtsangleichung durch internationale Menschenrechtsübereinkommen: Die UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention und die jüngsten Reformen des österreichischen Erwachsenenschutz- und deutschen Betreuungsrechts, in: Laimer, Simon; Kronthaler, Christoph; Koch, Bernhard A., Europäische und internationale Dimensionen des Privatrechts. Festschrift für Andreas Schwartze, 2021, Vienna: Jan Sramek Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7097-0276-5, 505-524, https://doi.org/10.52018/INKB-00276-B026, 505-524.
  • Legistik als Hindernis für Solidarität durch Recht. Reflektiert am Beispiel von Ausgangsregelungen während der COVID-19-Pandemie, in: Hofinger, Veronika; Mayrhofer, Hemma; Pelikan, Christa; Fuchs, Walter; Hammerschick, Walter; Walter, Rebecca, Sozialwissenschaftliche Aufklärung der Rechtspolitik und -praxis als Berufung. Festschrift für Arno Pilgram zum 75. Geburtstag, 2021, Vienna: LIT Verlag, ISBN 978-3-643-51086-0, 109-135. Read the book here.
  • § 257-259, 268-270 ABGB, in: Fenyves, Attila; Kerschner, Ferdinand; Vonkilch, Andreas: Kommentar zum ABGB - Klang³, 2020, Vienna: Verlag Österreich, ISBN 978-3-7046-8651-0.
  • FMedG und IVF-Fonds-Gesetz. Fortpflanzungsmedizingesetz und In-Vitro-Fertilisationsfonds-Gesetz. 2019, Vienna: Verlag Österreich, ISBN 978-3-7046-8136-2, co-edited with Flatscher-Thöni, Magdalena.
  • Co-editor of the "Innsbrucker Reihe zur Rechtstatsachenforschung" (www.uibk.ac.at/rtf), together with Ganner, Michael.
  • Co-editor of the series on medical and health law at the University of Innsbruck, Vienna: Jan Sramek Verlag, together with Ganner, Michael; Koch, Bernhard A. 

A complete list of publications and lectures can be found here.

Teaching

Caroline Voithofer currently teaches medical law, legal philosophy, theory and methodology, empirical legal studies and legal ethics in the diploma programme in law, in the master programme in business law and in the doctoral programme in law. She has also repeatedly held (international) lectureships and teaching posts in civil law, medical law and legal gender studies, e.g. in Vienna, Graz, Cardiff, Rotterdam and Bern. From winterterm 22/23, she will be teaching the university course on law firm assistance.

Since the 2018 summerterm, she has been deputy head of the interdisciplinary doctoral programme in Medical Law and Healthcare.

You can find an overview of the current courses here.

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