Dean´s Visit in Bhutan

From October 28th to November 3rd, 2023, our Dean, Prof. Zöchling-Jud, and Prof. Windischgrätz visited our partner university, JSW School of Law, to renew the faculty agreement signed in 2016 and strengthen our collaboration. In addition to visiting the Law School, they engaged in a discussion on constitution and state with the judges of the High Court. They also had the opportunity to meet with Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck, the President of the Law School. The visit included meetings with Bhutanese alumni who had completed LLM programs in International Law and Human Rights Law in Vienna, as well as planning for future joint teaching and research projects.

Guest lecture Dr. Karma Phuntsho

On October 23, 2023, Dr. Karma Phuntsho delivered a guest lecture titled "Reflecting on Bhutan's Spirituality, Culture, and History" at our faculty. During the lecture, he specifically discussed the socio-cultural changes that have taken place in Bhutanese society in recent years. Dr. Karma Phuntsho is a former monk, thinker, and renowned scholar on Bhutan and Buddhism. He has authored several books on Bhutan and Buddhism, and his expertise stems from his monastic education in India, followed by studies in Sanskrit and classical Indian religions at Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate in Oriental Studies. He has conducted research at various universities, including the University of Cambridge, Paris, and Virginia. Dr. Karma Phuntsho is also the award-winning author of the book "History of Bhutan".

Kyoto University - University of Vienna - Conference 2023

Human rights, environmental protection and the rights of employees are the focus of a conference that the Institute for Labor and Social Law is organizing together with the law faculty of Kyoto University from September 11-13, 2023 on the top floor of the Juridicum. An EU directive, the final version of which is currently being negotiated, will oblige European companies to pay due attention to human rights, environmental and labor rights issues: The design of supply chains is not just a logistical problem, but also affects the living conditions of all people in a globalized world significantly. The conference takes place as part of the more than 30-year-old cooperation between the law faculty of the University of Vienna and Kyoto University as well as under the umbrella of the strategic partnership agreement which was established in 2019. The presentations will be held in German or English; Participation is free. For the program click here.

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Certificate of Appreciation

On March 31, 2023, Prof. Wolfgang Mazal as Scientific Advisor for the strategic partnership agreement between the University of Vienna and the University of Kyoto, presented Prof. Takashi Muranaka the Certificate of Appreciation, which the Rector of the University of Vienna, Magnificence Prof. Sebastian Schütze, has issued.

Professor Muranaka has been involved in the cooperation since 1989, which was initiated by the Institute for Labor Law and Social Security Law at the University of Vienna (Prof. Theodor Tomandl) and in which numerous other members of the law faculty and other faculties have also been involved since the 1990s. In 1991/92 he worked in Vienna during a research stay at the Institute for Labor Law and Social Security Law with Prof. Tomandl and has since then played a leading role in the organization of more than thirty joint conferences. Professor Muranaka has also rendered outstanding service in bringing about the strategic agreement between the two universities. After his retirement on March 31, 2023, Prof. Muranaka will work as a professor at the renowned private Doshisha University and pass on his knowledge in the teaching and research activities for further years.