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ELI's Home in Vienna

The Secretariat of ELI, which is hosted by the University of Vienna, is located at Schottenring 16 (the old stock exchange) in the heart of Vienna, close to the main building of the University, the Law Faculty building, the nearby 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 in the ELI office. For bigger meetings, ELI will use the meeting rooms of the University of Vienna or one of the Court buildings.

We are located at:

Schottenring 16/175
1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0)1 4277-221 01
Fax: +43 (0)1 4277-9221

We cordially invite you to visit us whenever you are in Vienna.





ELI Secretariat Team

Prof. Dr. Christiane Wendehorst, LL.M. (Cambridge) is a Member of the ELI Executive Committee that has been entrusted with coordinating the work of the Secretariat. She is Professor of Law at the University of Vienna. Christiane can be reached by email here

Dr. Vanessa Wilcox, LL.M. (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 Verband österreichischer Banken und Bankiers (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, Vienna, 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 at: secretarygeneral@europeanlawinstitute.eu.   

Ines Foidl is an Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds an MA (Hons) in History and International Relations from the University of Dundee and a Master’s degree in International Studies (M.A.I.S.) from the University of Vienna/Diplomatic Academy. She has worked for the European Union Delegation to the International Organisations and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, both in Vienna. Ines can be requested for all membership and general administrative issues and can be contacted here. She also coordinates the SIGs on Civil LawCompetition Law as well as Contract, Tort and Property Law in the ELI Secretariat.

Catherine Buchwald is an Officer with the ELI Secretariat. She has studied Journalism at the University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt and at the American University in Washington D.C.. For her Master’s degree in the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies program she attended Leipzig University and the University of Vienna. Catherine has worked several years as a freelance reporter. She is responsible for PR/Communications and coordinates the Administrative Law SIG. Catherine can be contacted here.

Daði Ólafsson is an Officer at the ELI Secretariat. He is an Attorney at Law and has a postgraduate degree in European and International Business Law from the University of Vienna. For the past years he has been a partner and Board Member of the Iceland-based Reykjavik Law Firm. Since 2009, Daði has lectured at the University of Iceland. In 2015, he took part in the Certificate Program Understanding U.S. Intellectual Property Law at Stanford Law School. Daði is responsible for the management of the following ELI projects: Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law, Empowering European Families and The Principled Relationship of Formal and Informal Justice through the Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Draft Model Rules for Online Intermediary Platforms. He also coordinates the Digital Law SIG, the Intellectual Property Law SIG and the Family and Succession Law SIGDaði can be contacted here.

Ala Šabanovič is an Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Gdansk and a postgraduate degree in the European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe. Ala is responsible for the management of the following ELI projects: From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil ProcedureEmpowering European Families - Towards More Party Autonomy in European Family and Succession Law and Detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants and the rule of law. Additionally, she coordinates the Dispute Resolution SIG, the Business and Financial Law SIG, the European Union Law SIG and the Fundamental Rights Law SIG. Ala can be contacted here

Oliver Kratz-Lieber 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. Oliver can be reached by email here.