Vanessa Wilcox joined the Institute for European Tort Law in 2006 initially to conduct a study on Economic Loss Caused by Genetically Modified Organisms: Liability and Redress for the Adventitious Presence of GMOs in Non-GM Crops delegated by the European Commission and headed by Prof Dr Bernhard A Koch. She completed her Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law at the University of Cambridge in July 2006. In 2005, she attended BPP Law School (Holborn, London) where she was awarded a Distinction for the Legal Practice Course. Having completed her undergraduate law degree (LLB) with First Class Honours in 2004 at London Guildhall University, she was awarded the City of London’s Recorders Prize for the most outstanding academic achievement among law graduates in 2003/4.
Vanessa has since been involved in a number of other projects conducted by the Institute and its cooperating partner, the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), with whom she is now employed. These include Human Rights and Tort Law, Liability for GMO Admixture in the Food and Feed Supply Chain (a Co-Extra project sponsored by the European Union under FP 6) and the Basic Questions of Tort Law from a Comparative Perspective (under the auspices of the Austrian Science Fund, FWF). She is the co-editor of Punitive Damages: Common Law and Civil Law Perspectives (with Univ-Prof iR Dr Dr hc Helmut Koziol) and a Fellow of ECTIL. In 2009 she spent three months at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France where, in addition to working for the Court, she conducted further research on Human Rights and Tort law.
Vanessa has lectured at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and has held regular seminars at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz since her enrolment as a staff member in 2013. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna and is researching the propriety of certain non-pecuniary damages awards to corporations under the supervision of Univ-Prof iR Dr Dr hc Helmut Koziol and Univ-Prof Dr Christiane Wendehorst, LLM.