The ELI's Home in Vienna

The Secretariat of the ELI, which is hosted by the University of Vienna, is tasked to support the competent bodies of the Institute. It is located at Schottenring 16 (at the old stock exchange) in the heart of Vienna. It is close to the main building of the University, the Law Faculty building, the representation of the European Commission in Austria as well as the information office of the European Parliament.

Small meetings with up to 15 participants can be organised at the ELI Secretariat. For bigger meetings, different venues can be organised. We are located at:

Schottenring 16, Top 175
1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0)1 4277 221 01
Fax: +43 (0)1 4277 922 1


Dr Vanessa Wilcox, LLM (Cantab) is the Secretary-General of the ELI. Dr Wilcox holds a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law (LLM) from the University of Cambridge (2006) and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Vienna (2014), for which she won the Dr Maria Schaumayer-Stiftung Prize (2015) and the Association of Austrian Bankers Prize (2016). Among other things, Dr Wilcox is a Fellow of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL, since 2009) and is an Honorary Professor of Yantai University Law School (China, since 2015). She lectures at the University of Vienna and has held positions at other universities in Austria and abroad. Her role as Secretary-General includes enhancing the ELI's network, establishing contacts with other institutions and raising awareness of the ELI and its work. She is also in charge of the coordination of the Secretariat's work and the organisation of events and maintains close contact with ELI Bodies. Dr Wilcox can be reached here.

Senior Project Officer

Tomasz Dudek is a Senior Project Officer at the ELI Secretariat. He holds a Master of Laws degree and an MA in International Relations from the University of Warsaw. He has worked for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Polish Ombudsperson Office and several human rights NGOs, including the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Tomasz is responsible for the management of the following ELI projects: From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil Procedure; For a European Approach to R&D Expenses Qualifying for the Common Corporate Tax Base Super Deduction; Principles for a Data Economy; Common Constitutional Traditions in Europe; and Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts. He is also a liaison person at the Secretariat for the SIGs on Digital Law, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law and Family and Succession Law. Dudek can be contacted here.

Project Officer

Katja Kolman is a Project Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Ljubljana. She has previously worked at FRA, where she was involved in a handful of research projects. She gained additional work experience at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs in Ljubljana. Kolman is responsible for the management of the ELI projects on Access to Digital Assets, Business and Human Rights: Access to Justice and Effective Remedies, Protection of Adults in International Situations, and the prospective project on Legislative Proposals on Liability in Digitalised Environments: Conflict of Law and Substantive Law Issues. She is also a liaison person at the Secretariat for the following SIGs: Administrative Law, Competition Law and Insurance Law. Kolman can be contacted here.

Project Officer

David Hirner is a Project Officer at the ELI Secretariat. He holds a Magister iuris degree from the University of Graz. He recently completed a post-graduate programme at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He gained work experience at the Austrian Embassy in Paris, an Austrian district court and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Hirner is responsible for the management of the ELI project on Model Rules on Online Platforms. He is also a liaison person at the Secretariat for the following SIGs: Business and Financial Law, Global Private Law, Dispute Resolution and Fundamental Rights Law. David Hirner can be contacted here.

Administrative Officer

Zuzana Fačková is an Administrative Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Comenius University in Bratislava and is currently writing her Master thesis in Political Science at the University of Vienna. She has previously worked at the FRA and has experience in event management and administration. In the past, she has worked in the parliamentary bureau for an MP of the German Bundestag within the framework of the International Parliamentary Scholarship programme. She is responsible for administrative tasks, membership, finances and event management at the ELI. Fačková can be contacted here.

Communications Officer

Leon Addie is Communications Officer at the ELI Secretariat. He holds a degree in European Studies and German from the University of Wales and LMU, Munich. His career has included journalism and media roles for leading international news agencies, the Federal State of Tyrol, the European Union and the Berlin House of Representatives. He has also worked in communications for the Olympic Games and served as a National Team Media Manager at the Rugby World Cup. In addition to overseeing the ELI’s PR and Communications operations, Addie is also responsible for liaison with the ELI’s network of Hubs across Europe and further afield. Addie can be contacted here.


IT Support

Dr Sebastian Schwamberger, LLM is an Austrian lawyer who works at the Department of Civil Law at the University of Vienna. He is responsible for the MyELI platform and supports the Secretariat in IT issues. Schwamberger can be reached here.