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Professor of Law
Civil law
University of Vienna - Austria


Christiane Wendehorst, born in Munich in 1968, studied law at the universities of Munich and Cambridge (LL.M.). In 1995 she completed her doctorate, and in 1998 she habilitated at the University of Munich. In the same year she was appointed to the Gerd-Bucerius-Chair at the University of Greifswald before accepting a chair at the University of Göttingen. From 2000 to 2008 she was also Managing Director of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies and involved in the Sino-German Rule of Law Dialogue. Since 2008 she has been Professor of Law at the Department of Civil Law at the University of Vienna. She is an elected member, inter alia, of the Academia Europea, the International Academy of Comparative Law, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the American Law Institute. In recent years, she has devoted much of her time to the setting up of the European Law Institute (ELI) and was elected ELI Vice-President in 2013. Her main area of research is European Private Law, since recently with a special focus on the challenges posed by digitalisation, such as by the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and the Data Economy. She has been advising governments and legislators, at EU and national level, on topics in the area. She is also leading a joint research project of the ELI and ALI on the data economy.

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