Basic_Texts_etl.pngKen Oliphant and Barbara C Steininger (eds),
European Tort Law: Basic Texts

This unique collection makes available, for the first time in a single volume, English versions of basic tort law texts from 27 national systems in Europe. It includes key provisions of national civil codes and other important legislative enactments, as well as extracts from leading cases. 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 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 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 at the price of Euro 29,90 (excluding postage and packing) through the publishers' website www.jan-sramek-verlag.at, by emailing Sabine Warschitz at sabine.warschitz@jan-sramek-verlag.at or by using this order form. 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.