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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





ELI Secretariat Team

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 is also a liaison person in the Secretariat for SIGs on Civil LawCompetition Law as well as Global Private Law.

Ala Šabanovič is a Project Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Gdansk and an Advanced Master's degree in the European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe. Ala is responsible for the management of the following ELI projects: ELI-UNIDROIT joint project 'From Transnational Principles to European Rules of Civil Procedure'; 'Empowering European Families - Towards More Party Autonomy in European Family and Succession Law'; 'Detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants and the rule of law'; and 'Protection of Adults in International Situations'. She is also a liaison person in the Secretariat for 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

Tomasz Dudek is a 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, 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: Rescue of Business in Insolvency Law, Empowering European Families, The Principled Relationship of Formal and Informal Justice through the Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Draft Model Rules for Online Intermediary Platforms. He is also a liaison person in the Secretariat for the Digital Law SIG, the Intellectual Property Law SIG and the Family and Succession Law SIG. Tomasz can be contacted here.

Ayper Deniz is an Officer at the ELI Secretariat. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Ayper has worked at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Families and Youth. Prior to this experience, she was a freelance journalist for various newspapers and magazines. She is responsible for PR/Communications and is a liaison person in the Secretariat for the Administrative Law SIG. Ayper can be contacted here.

Sebastian Schwamberger 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. Sebastian can be reached by email here.