Open Symposium Technnological Change: Vehicluar Automation, ICT-Security

On November 12th, 10:00-12:30 an open symposium organized by the comitee for issuse of the future (Co-Chairman Professor Mazal)  took place at FH Oberösterreich (Hagenberg).
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Seminar in cooperation with Kyoto University 2018

As part of the longstanding cooperation between Kyoto University and the University of Vienna a seminar on the current topic of „Digitalization-legal aspects „took place in September 2018 in Vienna.

After an evening reception at the Atrium bar of Hotel de France on Sunday September 9th, the seminar started on Monday Sep 10th with various presentations related to digitalization, its perception, the scope of application and related legal aspects. In the morning Prof. Tatsuhiko Inatani, (Kyoto University) gave a presentation on “Contemporary issues about legal regulations of Artificial Intelligence”, which especially took into account issues related to criminal law. Prof. Junko Kawai (Kyoto University) gave a presentation on “Japanese attitudes toward Information and Communication Technology: Concerns and opportunities”, in which she presented the results of recent studies related to the attitude towards Information Communication Technology and Artificial Intelligence. In the afternoon, Prof. Gudrun Biffl (Universität für Weiterbildung Krems) presented the topic “Digitalization and the labor market” and implications for the education system. Prof. Dr. Peter Parycek (Universität für Weiterbildung Krems) gave a presentation on the topic of “Digitization and E-governance”, in which he also covered the topic of smart contracts.

On Tuesday Sep, 11th in the morning Prof. Yasuyuki Echi (Kyoto University) gave a presentation on the topic of “AI-generated Content and Copyright”. Prof. Nikolaus Forgo (University of Vienna) covered the topic of “Digitalization and Data protection”, giving an overview of the GDPR and selected problems. In the afternoon, Prof. Ulrike Frauenberger-Pfeiler (University of Vienna) covered the topic of law enforcement relating to data protection law by giving a presentation on the case of “Maximillian Schrems vs. Facebook”. Prof. Kanako Takayama’s (Kyoto University) presentation dealt with the topic of “Protection of Trade and Business Secrets under Criminal Law” in Japan.

On Wednesday Sep 12th, Prof. Chih-Cheng Chang (Kyoto University, Visiting scholar at Harvard University) gave a presentation on the question of “Relativization or Reclassification: How Can Japanese Labor Law Regulate Work under the Gig Economy?”, in which he also examined the situation of Uber and AirBnB in Japan. Prof. Sabine Kirchmayr-Schliesselberger (University of Vienna) gave the last presentation of the seminar on the topic of “Digitalization- tax aspects”. She covered both the “Proposal for a council directive laying down rules relating to the corporate taxation of a significant digital presence” and the “Proposal for a council directive on the common system of a digital services tax on revenues resulting from the provision of certain digital services”.

The more than 50 participants of the seminar were professors, legal professionals and students from both Japan and Austria. By sharing their ideas and expertise, the attendees contributed to the many fruitful and engaging discussions, which provided in-depth insight into current legal issues regarding digitalization in Japan and Austria.

The seminar was accompanied by a social program, which included invitations for lunch at various typical restaurants at the Campus and an evening invitation to a “Heuriger” by Kyoto University. The social program was a great chance to continue the engaging discussions on the topics of the presentations in an informal atmosphere and provided a great opportunity for both scientific and cultural exchange. There also was a program specifically organized for the visiting PhD Students, which included a tour of the University of Vienna and its law faculty and the visit of a criminal trial at Landesgericht für Strafsachen Wien.

The seminar was wrapped up by a general discussion and the announcement of dates and topics for the next seminars on Wednesday afternoon. Since there are more aspects of digitalization, which need to be discussed, a second seminar on this topic will take place in the summer semester of 2019 (date tba). In September 2019 the seminar will take place in Kyoto and will have the general topic of “Harmony, Diversity and Stability”.

The University of Vienna would like to thank all participants for actively taking part in the seminar, and is looking forward to future seminars.

Distinguished Lecture Series- Lecture of Professor Zhyuian Guo

On Thursday, June 28th Professor Zhuyian Guo (CUPL) gave a lecture on the topic "Towards a More Effective System: Recent Criminal Justice Reforms in China" at the University of Vienna (Law Faculty). For further information please click here

Course: Criminal Justice in China and Recent Reforms

In Summer Semester 2018 the University of Vienna offered a course on "Criminal Justice in China and Recent Reforms", which was taught by Professor Zhiyuan Guo of the China University of Political Science and Law.

Course Description:

This course examines perspectives on and core issues in China's theory and practice relating to criminal justice.
The course will first give the students an overview of China’s criminal procedure law evolution. At the seminars, the lecturer will guide the students trace the history, learn about the updated legal reforms and illustrate how a criminal case is handled by police, prosecutors and judges in China. More specifically, the course will examine how allegations of crime come to the notice of the police, how the police gather evidence, detain and question suspects, how the case for the prosecution is assembled by the police and prosecution in advance of the trial, how trials are set-up in the Chinese process; including the physical lay-out of courts and the rules that govern proceedings and the personnel of the law. The course will also explore the roles of various legal actors in Chinese criminal justice system including police, prosecutors, judges, defense lawyers and correction officers.

After the introduction to the legislative process of China’s criminal procedure law, we will turn to China’s recent criminal procedure law reform and guide the students to understand the current situation and some key issues in China’s criminal justice system such as anti-torture mechanism during investigation, legal representation, exclusionary rule of evidence, compulsory measures and special procedure.

 You can find further information about the course in the online course directory.

Seminar: the Chinese Petitioning System

On June 8th, 10:00-12:00 a Seminar on "The Chinese Petitioning System (Xinfang)" took place in Vienna. For further information please click here.

Course: Legal System in China

Professor WANG Chang giving a lecture about the legal system in China

In summer semester 2018 the University of Vienna offered a course on "Legal System in China", which was taught by Professor Wang Chang of the China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Wang Chang taught at Peking University, the University of Illinois and at the China Center of the University of Minnesota. He is an experiencend international project manager, a renowned scholar and a licensed attorney in the United States. He is an expert in Comparative Law and in International Business Development.

About the course:

The course took a comparative law approach in discussing the development of legal discourse, and the ever increasing influence of the Western jurisprudence, in modern and contemporary China. The formation of “Rule by Law” as a “grand narrative” in its historical context, the controversy around different interpretations of “Civil Rights”, and the burgeoning legal reform in the Mainland China was discussed in length.

The students enjoyed the lecture very much and made many positive comments about it, like for example:

"Prof. Wang’s (Chinese native, American lawyer) seminar provides students with a deep insight into China’s legal, political and economic system as of today. Students who are seeking qualified information on China, it's legal system, it's institutions, it's presence and possible future will highly profit from the lecture, the lively discussions and the unique way Prof. Wang combines a lecture on Chinese legal system with the utmost current developments of Chinese society and economy. Prof. Wang’s lecture introduces also to the thrilling and highly interesting Chinese history which is key for understand today’s modern China. A must have for all colleagues with a focus on the rapid developments of rising China and the Far East region. To put it in a nutshell: Highly recommendable!"
(Ralph P.)

Distinguished Lecture Series- Lecture of Professor Anne Black

Professor Black

On Friday Nov, 11th, 2017 Professor Anne Black gave a lecture on the topic „Islam, Sharia and Politics in Southeast Asia: the role of the law to transform society“.


This month Malaysia's nine sultans issued a statement in which they collectively condemned political actions taken in the name of Islam and expressed concern over rising ethno-religious polarization & intolerance. This stance from the nation's constitutional guardians of Islam is unprecedented but it highlights concerns across all of Southeast Asia that Islam is being captured and used for political purposes. The rationale of Sharia compliance has been employed to silence critics and to allow textualist or fundamentalist interpretations of Islam to dominate over the moderate views for which this vibrant and pluralistic region had been previously known.

Although Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia are a long way from Austria what happens in Southeast Asia is important. Not only because Southeast Asia is home to the world's largest number of Muslims but because it has traditionally been a model for democracy, moderate views and tolerance. Yet with the growth of Islamist political parties, the increasing use of blasphemy, apostasy & morality laws, the promotion hudud and Sharia criminal laws, and reversion to more patriarchal interpretations of Sharia family law,  Southeast Asia is changing. And law is the main vehicle by which the transformation is occurring.

This Event was organized by Professor Lewisch in cooperation with MAGNA.