wendehorst.pngChristiane Wendehorst

Full Professor of Civil Law at the
University of Vienna, President of the European Law Institute (ELI), Vice Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna


Department of Civil Law
University of Vienna
Schottenbastei 10 - 16, staircase II, 4th floor, room 449
1010 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 4277 34820
Curriculum Vitae
Academic Career

since March 2008 Professor of Civil Law, Department of Civil Law, University of Vienna (succeeding Professor Dr. Welser / Professor Dr. Wilhelm)
since October 2009 Coordinator for the area of specialisation “International Legal Practice and Language” within the diploma programme in law
since June 2009 Substitute Member, Senate of the University of Vienna
since May 2010 Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law / Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé
since May 2009 Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Section for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
since September 2009 Member of the Board of Trustees, Vienna Anniversary Fund for the Austrian Academy of Sciences
since March 2010 Member of the Board, Association for a European Law Institute (ELIA)
since September 2007 Member of the Council, German Association of Professors in Private Law (Zivilrechtslehrervereinigung)
since December 2006 Member of the Board European China Law Studies Association (ECLS), from 2006 to 2009 President, since 2009 Vice-President
since April 2005 Member of the Board, German-Chinese Jurists’ Association (DCJV)
since May 2010 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Research Centre for European Law of Services, University of Osnabrück
since October 2009 Member of the Scientific Council, Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law (IACPIL), Austria
since April 2009 Member of the Supervisory Board, European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL), Vienna
since October 2008 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for European Legal Development and Private Law Reform, University of Vienna
since January 2010 Member of Trans Europe Experts (TEE)
since May 2009 Member, Research Group on the Existing EC Law (Acquis Group)
since May 2009 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal for European Tort Law (JETL)
since May 2009 Member of the Editorial Board, Journal for European Tort Law (JETL)
2005 – 2009 Member of the Sino-German Dialogue Forum (an advisory body reporting directly to both governments)
2000 – 2008 Managing Director, Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies (DCIR)
1999 – 2008 Chair (C4) of Civil Law, Medical Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Göttingen (succeeding Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Erwin Deutsch)
2007 – 2008 Managing Director, Institute of Legal History, Legal Philosophy and Comparative Law, University of Göttingen
2005 – 2006 Member of the Board, Institute of Legal History, Legal Philosophy and Comparative Law
1999 – 2005 Director, Department for Foreign and International Private Law
2006 – 2008 Member of the Board, Centre for Medical Law, University of Göttingen
1999 – 2005 Director, Department for Medical Law and Pharmaceutical Law
2001 – 2008 Member, Ethics Committee, University Hospital Göttingen
2007 – 2008 Dean of Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Göttingen
2004 – 2008 Member of the Law Faculty Committee for Student Affairs and of the University Committee for Student Affairs, University of Göttingen
since 2002 Member of the General Assembly, German National Academic Foundation
2002 – 2005 Tutor, German National Academic Foundation
1999 – 2008 Chair of the board of examiners, First State Examination in Law, State of Lower Saxony
Winter 1998/99 Professor of Law, University of Greifswald
1998 Offer of the Gerd Bucerius Chair (C4) for private law, comparative law and legal harmonisation in the Baltic Sea region, University of Greifswald
December 14, 1998 Appointment as Privatdozentin, Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich
December 3, 1998 Venia legendi for civil law, commercial law, private international law, comparative law and legal methodology; Awarded the academic degree of Dr. jur. habil., LMU Munich
1995 – 1998 Habilitation thesis “Anspruch und Ausgleich”, LMU Munich
1995 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship of the State of Bavaria (Bayerischer Habilitationsförderpreis)
1998 C. J. Hamson Prize for Comparative Law, University of Cambridge
1998 Rosalind, Lady Carlisle Scholarship and Thomas & Elizabeth Walton Prize, Girton College, Cambridge
June 27, 1998 Master of Laws (First Class)
1997 – 1998 Research and Master of Law programme, University of Cambridge Thesis: "Change of Position in English and German Law" (supervisors: Gareth Jones, TrinityCollege; Graham Virgo, Downing College)
1997 – 1998 One-year scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service
June 6, 1995 Doctorate in law (summa cum laude), LMU Munich
1994 Faculty Prize, Faculty of Law, LMU Munich
1993 – 1994 Doctoral thesis on the status of refugees in the conflict of laws (supervisor: Andreas Heldrich)
1993 – 1998 Research assistant, Institute for International Law (Comparative Law), LMU Munich
1992 – 1997 Assistant to Professor Andreas Heldrich in the drafting of expert opinions on German and foreign law


1995 Internship at Baker & McKenzie, Chicago
August 5, 1995 Second State Examination in Law, Free State of Bavaria
1993 – 1995 Referendariat, Higher Regional Court, Munich
February 5, 1993 First State Examination in Law, Free State of Bavaria
1990 – 1992 Scholarship, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)
1988 – 1993 Fellowship, Maximilianeum Foundation, Munich
1988 – 1992 Scholarship, Free State of Bavaria
1988 – 1993 Law studies, Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU), Munich


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