Keizo Yamamoto, Grundzüge des japanischen Schadenersatzrechts
Based on the basic questions of tort law which arise in all developed legal systems, this introduction offers for the first time a profound, structured introduction to Japanese tort law in the German language. At the same time, the publication from a comparative perspective provides readers with a valuable key to understanding Japanese law.

G Koziol/H Koziol, Austrian Private Law. An Overview with Comparison with German Law and with References to English and French Law
This book gives an introduction to Austrian private law from a comparative law perspective. Based on the ideas of the Age of Enlightenment, the Austrian General Civil Code differs to quite some extent from the German Civil Code, which is one hundred years younger and the child of Pandectism. To make differences and similarities clearer, the book therefore introduces Austrian private law in comparison to the much more well-known German law. Furthermore, comparative remarks on English and French law, as two of the other most important European legal systems, as well as on Chinese and Japanese law are included to make the characteristic features of Austrian law clearer and to put it in broader context.

Basic_Texts_etl.pngErnst Karner, Ken Oliphant and Barbara C Steininger (eds), European Tort Law: Basic Texts (2nd edition)
This unique collection makes available, for the first time in a single volume, English versions of basic tort law texts from the most important European legal systems.
The now available expanded and revised second edition contains English versions of basic tort law texts from almost all the legal systems of the EU and EFTA, as well as Russia and Turkey. It includes key provisions of national civil codes and other important legislative enactments, as well as extracts from leading cases. The texts were selected, and where necessary translated, by tort law experts from the respective jurisdictions. Additional chapters deal with EU Law (EU Tort Law and EU Conflict of Laws) and the European harmonisation projects (the Principles of European Tort Law and the Draft Common Frame of Reference).
The book was initially launched on the occasion of last week’s 10th Annual Conference on European Tort Law in Vienna, and is dedicated to the conference’s founder, Helmut Koziol.
The book is now in its second edition and is published by Jan Sramek Press in Vienna, on behalf of the Institute for European Tort Law (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law. It can be ordered  through the publishers' website. PreviewH. Koziol/J. Seethaler/T.Thiede (eds.)
Medienpolitik und Recht - Media Governance, Wahrhaftigkeitspflicht und sachgerechte Haftung

The media market is in flux. Decades-old genres of established media seem to disappear in increasing convergance, cross-media strategies and “content production”. Competition, traditionally limited within individual media sectors, is expanding and intensifying. In turn this creates concentrations spanning new media and serious changes in the working conditions of journalists. This situation gives rise to the such pressing questions as whether the media are fulfilling their social functions, why and to what extent they fail to do so and which political and legal developments are contradictory to these functions. In this unique collection scholars and practioners from the field of media and legal sciences have tried to provide answers to these questions.

United Europe - Unified Law?

At the end of 2006, the Austrian Academy of Sciences established a number of research centres, including the Social Sciences Research Centre, merging individual research institutions into centres in order to promote interdisciplinary research. Collaboration between scholars from different fields in the Social Sciences should lead to new insights, not only through discourse from different viewpoints, but also in the recognition of new questions. To facilitate this, a function of the Social Science Research Centre is to arrange public panels and discussions in which at least two research institutes discuss a topic from their different points of view, usually with the participation of an outside guest.
The first of these events took place February 1, 2007 and was dedicated to an indeed not new, but still extremely relevant subject: the unification of law in a united Europe. Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann, then Executive Director of the Institute of European Integration Research, Helmut Koziol, Managing Director of the Research Unit for European Tort Law, and Michael Faure, professor at Maastricht University who has also been a contributor to the work of the same Research Unit, discussed this theme from various perspectives, including Political Sciences, private law and the economic analysis of law. The discussions showed that opinions differ enormously concerning the possibility of such legal unification as well as its meaningfulness, this dependant on whether the question is considered from a political, legal-theoretical or an economic viewpoint. This volume provides a synopsis of the views of representatives from these three different fields. It should help contribute to an awareness of the various arguments and the achievement of a balanced perspective concerning legal unification.