General Informations, Education and Career

since 2019     full Professor for Austrian and European Legal History at the University of Vienna
since 2016      Head of the University of Vienna Legal Sources Research Center
since 2011 Director of the Hans Kelsen-Institute
since 2010

(with interruption 2013/14): Head of the Commission for Austrian Legal History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2004-2014 lecturer at the Paneuropean University Bratislava (till 2010: School of Law Bratislava)
2003-2019 Associate Professor at the University of Vienna

venia docendi ("habilitation") in the field "Austrian and European Legal History" at the University of Vienna. Thesis: "The development of press law in Austria till 1918"
1992-2003 Assistant at the Department for Legal History at professor Werner Ogris
1991-1999 Study of Law at the University of Vienna; graduation ("Magister Juris") on 21st December 1995; promotion ("Doctor iuris") on 30th October 1998. Thesis: "The introduction of administrative justice in Austria"
1979-1991 school attendance in Vienna; final examination at the Landstraßer Gymnasium on 28th May 1991
1973  born in Vienna 25th January as son of the pedagoge Richard Olechowski. Married. One boy, one girl

Membership (selection)

2008- member (first corresponding member, since 2013 full member) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2005- member of the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions

member, 1997-2007 member of the executive board, 2003-2005 chairman of the Catholic Academic Society of the Archdicoese Vienna

member, from 2003 onwards member of the executive board, 2004-2005 president of the Viennese Association of Legal Historian


1998: Alfons Tropper-Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for researches into the rule of law in Austria