Field of Researches



My recent research has focused on the following thematic priorities:


1. Based on my graduate thesis concerning "Die Einführung der Verwaltungsgerichtsbarkeit in Österreich" [The introduction of administrative jurisdiction in Austria], I have examined the history of administrative jurisdiction; in particular the separation of powers and the Administrative Procedure Law.


2. In my habilitation dissertation I discussed the relation between censorship and freedom of the press. This served as a starting point for further research on the legal history of media law and the history of general criminal law in general; with a special focus on the history of jury trials as well as on the history of fundamental rights.


3. Additionally I participated in a research project of the Austrian historians committee on Aryanisation and restitution. My research concerning judiciary in Austria after 1945 is also connected with these topics.


4. I am currently working on a biography of Hans Kelsen (1881-1973). Furthermore I am the leader of a project that deals with the history of the Viennese Faculty of Law and State between 1918 and 1938.