Professor Georg E. Kodek

WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business

Georg E. Kodek (*1963) is a judge of the Austrian Supreme Court. In addition, he is professor of civil and commercial law at WU, the Vienna University of Business and Economics.

He studied law at the University of Vienna and at Northwestern University School of Law. He obtained his Magister Juris in Vienna in 1986, his Doctor juris also in Vienna in 1987 and an 1989.

In 1991, Georg Kodek was appointed a district court judge in Vienna. After serving at the superior court of Eisenstadt and the Vienna Court of Appeals, in 2006 he was appointed to the Austrian Supreme Court. In addition, he published and lectured at the University of Vienna where he obtained the venia legendi in 2001. In 2007 he was appointed professor of civil and commercial law at WU Vienna when that school started to offer a full law curriculum.

In addition to his duties at the court and at university, he has lectured extensively both in Austria and abroad. He also served as court-appointed or retained expert on foreign law in a number of high-profile foreign lawsuits and arbitration proceedings, appearing before courts in Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the British Virgin Islands. In 2017 he was visiting researcher at Brisbane University.

He has published extensively in the fields of civil and commercial law and civil procedure law. His research includes civil law with special emphasis on property law, international private law, bankruptcy law and procedural law. In the latter area one of his special fields of interest includes international civil procedure.

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At the MPI Luxembourg Georg Kodek would like to further explore the relationship between arbitration and European Union law. While the recent decision of the CJEU in the Achmea case (C-284/16) expressly dealt only with investment protection treaties, the decision requires another look at this question on a more general level.