The department of European, International and Comparative Law supervises the internationally oriented subjects European Law, International Law, Comparative Law, International Private Law, Uniform Law, International Relations and consists of three sections (Section for European Law, Section for International Law and International Relations and Section for Comparative Law, International Private Law and Uniform Law). The main research interests focus on European Commercial and Private Law, the Law of State Responsibility, International Investment Law, International Human Rights Law, International Family and Contract Law and Comparative Private Law.
Members of the department are represented in numerous domestic and foreign think tanks and act as editors and authors of the leading subject-specific Austrian and international journals, commentaries and textbooks.
In addition to teaching and examination activities in the compulsory modules of the diploma and doctoral studies, the department offers advanced education in the following elective fields of specialisation: European Law, International Law as well as International Private Commercial Law and Comparative Law. Members of the department coordinate ERASMUS programs with a total of 88 partner universities and supervise 180 incoming and outgoing students per year.
Many eminent and internationally renowned academics have emerged from the department and its sections, including Albert Ehrenzweig, Fritz Schwind, Alfred Verdross and Ignaz Seidl-Hohenveldern.