Message from Ken Oliphant

'After five years as Director of the Institute for European Tort Law, I shall be leaving my post at the end of 2013. Though I was flattered to have been offered a new term of office as Director, I think the time is now right for me to return to the United Kingdom, where I shall resume my position as Professor of Tort Law at the University of Bristol. I am confident that I leave the Institute in fine shape to withstand the challenges of the coming years. In January of this year, an international panel of evaluators appointed by the Austrian Academy of Sciences rated the Institute's research as "internationally outstanding" (the top rating), which constitutes fitting recognition for the solid foundations laid by my predecessor, Helmut Koziol, and the hard work done over many years by Institute staff. I have been extraordinarily lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such wonderfully talented and enthusiastic people during my time in Vienna. It is naturally with more than a tinge of sadness that I leave, but I comfort myself with the knowledge that my departure does not mark the end of my involvement with the Institute, but merely its continuation in an altered form, as I shall remain active in the Institute's ongoing research.

From 1 January 2014, Professor Ernst Karner of the University of Vienna, will step up from his current role as Deputy Director of the Institute to act as interim Director, and I wish him and all the staff every success in 2014 and beyond.'

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