Christiane Wendehorst is Professor of Civil Law at the University of Vienna as well as Co-Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law. Amongst other functions, she is founding member, Immediate Past President (2017-2021) and since 2022 Scientific Director of the European Law Institute (ELI), Vice-President of the Austrian Jurists’ Association (ÖJT) and President of the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). She is also an elected member of Academia Europea (AE), the International Academy for Comparative Law (IACL), and the American Law Institute (ALI).
At the moment, her research focuses on legal aspects of digitalisation and she has been working as an expert on topics such as digital content, the Internet of Things, AI and data economy, e.g. for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the German Federal Government, the ELI and the ALI. From 2018-2019, she co-chaired the Data Ethics Commission of the German Federal Government.