On 17 June 2014 Eva Ondreasova was awarded the Prize of the Austrian Bankers' Association 2014 in recognition of her excellent work in her dissertation thesis concerning the field of tort law.

Published in 2013, the results of her doctoral thesis examined the Austrian rules of the liability for helpers both in the contractual and the non-contractual sphere from a comparative, historical and systematical point of view with an in-depth discussion of the recent reform efforts, including an own draft for a future law. She joins a long list of recipients of this distinguished prize. Information regarding the publication can be found under [New Publication: Die Gehilfenhaftung].
For the complete list of awardees see [Price of the Austrian Bankers’ Association 2014].
7/18/2014 12:40:12 PM | 0 comments


Alongside the many varied Projects undertaken by the Institute the Scientific Staff maintain a healthy publication record of their own also covering a wide range of legal areas. For the first half-year the publications by the Scientific Staff of Institute (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

Monika Hinteregger
  • §§ 1323-1332a ABGB, in: ABGB-Kommentar online, 1.02, ed. by Kletečka/Schauer (2014)
  • Das Recht auf persönliche Kontakte sowie das Informations-, Äußerungs- und Vertretungsrecht, in: Ferrari/Hinteregger/Kathrein (eds), Reform des Kindschafts- und Namensrechts (2014) 55-67.
  • Environmental Liability, in: Busanni/Werro, European Private Law: A Handbook, vol II (2014) 179-208.

Ernst Karner
  • §§ 1267-1292, §§ 1293-1315 ABGB, in: Koziol/P. Bydlinski/Bollenberger (eds), Kurzkommentar zum ABGB. 4. ed (2014).
  • Menschenrechte und Persönlichkeitsschutz in Österreich und Europa, in: Vienna Law Inauguration Lectures. Vol III (2014) 23-48.
  • Odpovědnost za zdroje zvláštního nebezpečí podle nového českého občanského zákoníku z komparativního hlediska-Die Haftung für Quellen besonderer Gefahr nach dem neuen tschechischen Zivilgesetzbuch aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht, in: Tagungsband XXII. Karlsbader Juristentag 2014. Together with Eva Ondreasova (2014) 109-128 and 129-146.
  • OGH 29. 8. 2013, 8 Ob 106/12i, EvBl 2014/46.

Helmut Koziol
  • Kinder als Täter und Opfer: Kernfragen rechtsvergleichend betrachtet, in: St. Weber, Personen-Schaden-Forum 2014 (2014) 89-112.
  • Schadenersatzrecht und Law of Torts, in: Festschrift U. Magnus (2014) 61-75.
  • Basic Questions of Product Liability Law from a Comparative Perspective (translated to Chinese by Zhu Wang), Seeking Truth (Journal of Heilongjiang University) 2014, Vol 2, and Xinhua (New China) Digest 2014, Vol 12.
  • Harmonising Tort Law in the European Union: Advantages and Difficulties, ELTE Law Journal 2013, 73-88.
  • §§ 1035-1044, 1174, 1411-1437 ABGB, in: Koziol/P. Bydlinski/Bollenberger (eds), Kurzkommentar zum ABGB. 4. ed (2014).
  • Die Rechtsfolgen der fehlerhaften Durchführung eines Zahlungsauftrags nach dem Zahlungsdienstegesetz, ÖBA 2014, 330-339.
  • Der Beginn schadenersatzrechtlicher Verjährungsfristen, in: Festschrift Egon Lorenz (2014) 653-666.

Eva Ondreasova
  • Vorsätzliches Handeln des Erfüllungsgehilfen beseitigt nicht das Dienstgeberprivileg, 9 Ob A 4/14z, ÖJZ 2014, 553-555.
  • Odpovědnost za zdroje zvláštního nebezpečí podle nového českého občanského zákoníku z komparativního hlediska-Die Haftung für Quellen besonderer Gefahr nach dem neuen tschechischen Zivilgesetzbuch aus rechtsvergleichender Sicht, in: Tagungsband XXII. Karlsbader Juristentag 2014. Together with Ernst Karner (2014) 109-128 and 129-146.
  • Vicarious Liability under Contract and Tort Law and the Recodification of Civil Codes by Example of Austria, Slovakia and Czech Republic, Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Law (eds.), Bratislava Legal Forum 2013 (2014), 375-386.

Julian Pehm
  • Europaweite Entwicklungen und Trends im Schadenersatzrecht 2013, ZVR 2014, 239.

Thomas Thiede
  • Straßenverkehrsunfall mit Auslandsbezug (Teil 2) - Direktklage, Vierte KH-Richtlinie und Grüne Karte-System, Zak 2014, 103-108.
  • Achtung - Verbrauchergerichtsstand im Ausland!, Zak 2014, 63-65.
  • Passkontrolle bei Vertragabschluss, ecolex 2014, 35-38.

Vanessa Wilcox
  • Case Note on Expanding the Scope of Police Duties: Sarjantson v The Chief Constable of Humberside Police (2014) Journal of Professional Negligence 30 (1) 32 ff.


7/18/2014 12:12:49 PM | 0 comments


Members of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) and the Institute for European Tort Law (ETL), Helmut Koziol and Vanessa Wilcox, have been invited by the Austrian-Chinese Law Society to give presentations on 'The Relevance of Tort Law for Economy' and 'Product Liability and Punitive Damages' respectively.

Ernst Karner, Acting Director of the Institute for European Tort Law, has also been appointed to chair the Tort Law Section on this year’s topic, Legal Systems & Economic Cooperation.

The Forum will take place on 26 and 27 June 2014 in Vienna.

Click [here] for more information.
6/4/2014 9:39:32 PM | 0 comments


On 26 May 2014 at 11:00 am, Eugenia Dacoronia, Professor at Athens University, Greece, will give a presentation on non-pecuniary damage in Greek law. All are welcome to attend.

The Greek Civil Code explicitly provides in art. 932 that, in the case of a delict, the court may award a reasonable amount of money to compensate the non-pecuniary harm which the plaintiff has suffered as a consequence of an unlawful act. In the case of death this amount of money may be awarded to the family of the victim as pain and suffering. How Greek jurisprudence interprets said article will be the object of the presentation. In particular it will touch upon: a) whether persons who have sustained indirect damage are also entitled to compensation of their non-pecuniary damage; b) who belongs to the ‘family’ of the victim; c) the criteria taken into consideration when determining the amounts awarded; d) non-pecuniary damage in the case of wrongful birth; and e) the non-pecuniary damage of legal entities.


5/19/2014 12:41:08 PM | 0 comments


The annual spring meeting of the European Group on Tort Law took place between 22–24 April 2014. The meeting was held in Vienna and was sponsored by both ETL and ECTIL.

In addition to drawing the EGTL’s second post-reunification project (The Liability of Public Authorities) to a close, the Group also discussed its third project (The Borderlines of Tort Law: Interactions with Contract Law) and the draft project description and questionnaire of its collaborative project with members of the Acquis Group (Product Liability). The above studies are led by Ken Oliphant, Martín-Casals and Piotr Machnikowski respectively.

The Group’s annual autumn meeting is scheduled for 16-18 October 2014 in Wrocław, Poland.
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