Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christiane Wendehorst, LL.M. (Cantab.)

Professor of Law, Department of Civil Law
Co-Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law
President of the European Law Institute

Schottenbastei 10-16 (Juridicum)
1010 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-34820
E: christiane.wendehorst@univie.ac.at


Consultation hour

To make an appointment please contact secretariat.wendehorst@univie.ac.at.


Christiane Wendehorst has been Professor of Civil Law at the University of Vienna since 2008. Amongst other functions, she is founding member Immediate Past President (2017-2021) and Scientific Director of the European Law Institute (ELI), chair of the Academy Council of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), chair of the Civil Law section of the Austrian Jurists' Forum (ÖJT), co-chair of the German Data Ethics Committee and member of the Academia Europea (AE), the International Academy for Comparative Law (IACL), the American Law Institute (ALI) and the Bioethics Committee at the Austrian Federal Chancellery.


At the moment, her research focuses on legal aspects of digitalisation and she has been working as an expert on topics such as digital content, the Internet of Things, AI and data economy, i.e. for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the German Federal Government, the ELI and the ALI. From 2018-2019 she co-chaired the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government. Recently, she was European leader of the transatlantic project "Principles for a Data Economy" and led various other projects in the area of digitalisation, on topics such as safety- and liability-related aspects of software and biometric techniques. She is also involved in a number of projects on algorithmic fairness. Prior to moving to Vienna, she was a professor in Göttingen (1999-2008) and Greifswald (1998-99) and was Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute of Legal Studies (2000-2008).