Lecture as part of the Law and Empire course of the University of Vienna (Austria)


On 17 May 2018, the ELI Secretary General Dr Vanessa Wilcox as well as Project Officers Ala Šabanovič and Tomasz Dudek gave a lecture on the EU and ELI to students of the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History of the University of Vienna as part of the Law and Empire course.

The ELI Secretariat had the pleasure of hosting a group of approximately 20 students to its premises. The Secretary General Wilcox welcomed all the participants and explained how the European Union (EU) may be seen as a 'modern empire' today. She further expanded on the framework of the EU and the complex nexus of agreements and arrangements which expand the geographical quarters of the Union. Wilcox moved to the second part of her presentation which focused on the ELI, its structure, aims and priorities.

Ala Šabanovič, a Project Officer at the ELI, spoke on the ELI's main activity, its projects, giving those present an insight into the 'Protection of Adults in International Situations' Project that she coordinates whislt Tomasz Dudek, also one of the ELI's Project Officers, elaborated on the 'Draft Model Rules on Online Intermediary Platforms' Project. Dudek briefly touched on the functions of ELI Hubs and SIGs and outlined the various incentives for young lawyers at the ELI such as internships, traineeships and the ELI Young Lawyers Award. He also invited the students to take part in the upcoming #ask event. The latter, which takes place on 19 June 2018 and is coorganised by the ELI, will see the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and several party leaders hold a Q&A session with students at the University of Vienna.