Prof. Dr. Siegfried Fina - Biography



Associate Professor of European Union Law and Technology Law



Professor Dr. Siegfried Fina joined the University of Vienna School of Law in 2002, where he holds a position as an Associate Professor of European Union Law and Technology Law at the Department of Commercial and Business Law. In 2005, he created the Vienna Technology Law Program, one of Europe's most comprehensive university-based tech law program, which he has been directing at the Vienna Law School since then. Two years later, in 2007, he founded the law school's LLM Program in European and International Business Law, which emphasizes European business law and European and international intellectual property & technology law, and was appointed as its first program director. Based upon this LLM program, he added an LLM/MBA program option as well as an international dual LLM program option with international partner universities.

Internationally, Professor Fina's academic work is strongly connected with Stanford University, California, USA. He is a co-founder and co-director of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF), which was established as a joint international initiative of Stanford Law School and the University of Vienna School of Law in 2004. The TTLF's successful work was acknowledged in 2009, when Stanford Law School's Law, Science & Technology Program was ranked no. 1 in the United States. Since 2007, he is also a Research Affiliate at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the director of the European Union E-Commerce Law Project at the Stanford Center for E-Commerce. In 2009, he co-founded the Stanford-Vienna International Business & Human Rights Program, which he co-directs, a joint international initiative of Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and University of Vienna's Reseach Platform Human Rights in the European Context. For the academic year 2009-2010, he serves at Stanford as the Distinguished Visiting Austrian Chair at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and as Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.

Among many other national and international activities, he serves currently also as the director of the Department of European Integration at Danube University Krems, Austria, a post-graduate university for advanced degree programs, for which he has developed and directed several international post-graduate programs since 1991; as Secretary-General of the Austrian Association for European Law, a position, for which he was re-elected four times (since 1997); as a member of the board of directors of the International Federation for European Law (FIDE, since 1998); as a senior fellow of the Lower Austria State Research Institute for European and International Technology Law (since 2005); and as the director of a Sub-Point of Contact of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) European Center for Space Law in Austria (since 2002).

Before joining the Vienna Law School faculty in 2002, he was an associate professor of law at the Vienna University of Technology. He was also affiliated with the Center for European Integration at the Scientific Academy of Lower Austria (1991-1995), where he served as its first executive director for the interdisciplinary post-graduate master program in European Advanced Studies (European law - economics - politics). In the past, he also served as a senior fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European and International Technology Law, Austria (1998-2005) and as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the European Community Studies Association of Austria (1996-1999).

Professor Fina's academic work focuses on the business-related and the technology-related law and policy of the European Union and the international community as well as on the legal aspects of the EU-U.S. trade and the economic governance issues of the transatlantic marketplace. He teaches European and international business and technology law courses in German and English.

In early 2009, Professor Fina was honored by the European Union and awarded one of the EU's distinguished and prestigious Jean Monnet Chairs for European Union Law for his achievements in research and education in EU law.

He received a Magister iuris degree (1994) [JD equivalent] and a Doctor iuris degree (1996) [JSD equivalent] from the University of Vienna School of Law. In addition, he received a Diploma in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (1989), a Diploma in Political Science from the University of Vienna Department of Government and Political Science (1991), and an interdisciplinary post-graduate Diploma in International Studies from the University of Vienna (1994). He completed his Habilitation (professoral thesis) in European Union law and technology law at the Vienna University of Technology Department of Law (2001).

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