The ELI's Home in Vienna

The ELI Secretariat, 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 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 lectures at other universities in Austria and abroad. Her role as Secretary-General includes enhancing ELI's network, establishing contacts with other institutions and raising awareness of 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. Dudek is responsible for the management of the following ELI projects: ELI-Mount Scopus European Standards of Judicial Independence, Freedom of Expression as a Common Constitutional Tradition in Europe, Fundamental Constitutional Principles, The Concept and the Role of Courts in Family and Succession Matters, Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts and Principles for a Data Economy: Data Rights and Transactions (with the American Law Institute, ALI). He is further responsible for the management of the following ELI upcoming projects EU Conflict of Laws for Companies: The Acquis and Beyond and Ecocide. He is also a liaison person at the Secretariat for the SIGs on Business and Financial Law, Competition Law, Digital Law, Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Family and Succession Law, Fundamental Rights Law, Global Private Law, and Intellectual Property Law. Dudek can be contacted here.

Senior Project Officer

Katja Kolman is a Senior 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 ELI projects on Access to Digital Assets; Admissibility of E-Evidence in Criminal Proceedings in the EU; Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Public Administration – Developing Impact Assessments and Public Participation for Digital Democracy; Business and Human Rights: Access to Justice and Effective Remedies; and Corporate Sustainability, Financial Accounting and Share Capital. She is also a liaison person at the Secretariat for ELI Hubs and the following SIGs: Administrative Law and Insurance Law. Kolman can be contacted here.

Senior Finance and Membership Officer

Zuzana Fačková is a Senior Finance and Membership 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 Sciences at the University of Vienna. She previously worked at the FRA and has experience in event management and administration. In the past, she 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 finances, membership, administrative tasks and event management at ELI. Fačková can be contacted here.

Finance and Event Officer

Petra Richterova is a Finance and Event Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Development form the University of Vienna. She previously worked at the Technical Cooperation Department of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), where she gained experience with project and event management as well as international affairs. She assists with finances and event management. Richterova 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 supports the Secretariat on IT issues. Schwamberger can be reached here.