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
secretariat@europeanlawinstitute.eu

Secretary-General

Bea Verschraegen was Professor of Comparative Law and Private International Law (PIL) at the University of Vienna (1998–2018). She holds an LLM (King’s College London and London School of Economics) and an MEM (Maître Européen en Médiation, Sion/Barcelona). She is, inter alia, Présidente honoraire of the Commission Internationale de l’État Civil (CIEC), Adjunct Professor at the University of Macau, Lecturer at the University of Vienna, co-founding member and former president of the Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and PIL (IACPIL/IGKK), member of the Academia Europaea (AE), the International Academy of Comparative Law and chair of the Austrian Committee (IACL/AIDC), member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the European Law Institute (ELI), the Austrian Mediation Council, Fellow of the International Academy of the Belt and Road, and member of the International Council of the Belt and Road (Hong Kong). In 2014 she was honored with the Russian 'International Higher Juridical Prize', the Themis, by the 'International Fund for Support of Legal Initiatives' for extraordinary performance in the international domain. At present, she focuses her work on PIL and comparative law, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and interdisciplinary counselling. She has worked as an expert on subjects such as 'Reform of the Civil Code' for the EU in Kosovo, 'Reform of Law Studies' at the University of Macau, 'Marriage, Cohabitation, (Registered) Partnerships and Same-Sex Marriages in Continental Europe' for the Ontario Department of Justice (CA), on 'Civil Partnerships' for the German Federal Government, and the 'Reform of Russian PIL' at the Centre of Private Law in Moscow. Prior to her return to Austria, she held a chair in Bielefeld (1994–1998), was a Lecturer and then Professor (C4, from 1992–1994) at the University of Frankfurt (Oder) and was Director of the European Integration Department at the Directorate for EU and International Affairs of the Austrian Parliament (1992).

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: 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; Model Rules on Online Platforms; and Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts. He is further responsible for the management of the following ELI feasibility studies: EU Conflict of Laws for Companies: The Acquis and Beyond; and Fundamental Constitutional Principles. He is also a liaison person at the Secretariat for the SIGs on Digital Law, Environmental Law,  Global Private Law, Intellectual Property Law, Family and Succession Law and Fundamental Rights 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 ELI projects on Access to Digital Assets; 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 Protection of Adults in International Situations and ELI feasibility studies on The Concept and the Role of Courts in Family and Succession Matters  and on 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, Business and Financial Law, Competition Law, Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law. Kolman 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 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 administrative tasks, membership, finances and event management at ELI. Fačková can be contacted here.

PR Officer

Mary Penman studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and gained a masters in Translation from the University of Bristol. Originally from England, she has lived and worked in Vienna since 2010. She was employed at the ELI between 2012 and 2015 as 'Office Manager' and subsequently worked in various teaching positions including at Webster University Vienna. In August 2020 she took on the role of PR Officer for the ELI. Penman 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.