Univ.-Prof. Dr. Verica Trstenjak

Professor for European Law at the
Faculty of Law, University of Vienna

Advocate General at the European
Court of Justice (2006-2012)


Schottenbastei 10-16 (Juridicum)
1010 Wien
Staircase I, 5th floor
TEL  +43 1 4277 35903 / +43 1 4277 35942
FAX  +43 1 4277 35321


Member of the Management Board of FRA

Speech at the New York City Bar Association, Council on International Affairs in February 2018

Talk at the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law in November 2017

Talk at the University of San Francisco in November 2017

Office hours

Due to the sabbatical term (winter term 2017/18) there are no regular office hours. If consultation is desired/needed please make an appointment (including the reason) in time with the secretary. Please contact the secretary via the following email address: maria.anna.berlakovich@univie.ac.at

Sabbatical Term - Winter Term 2017/2018

The winter term 2017/2018 is a sabbatical term. Therefore Prof. Trstenjak is not going to give any lectures during this period.

Courses Summer Term 2017

VO Lecture European Law - European Jurisdiction

PF Exercise European Law

SE Seminar European Consumer Protection Law and European Copyright Law

KU Course Fundamental rights and union citizenship in the EU

Main research focus

  • EU Law (European Constitutional Law and European Procedural Law)
  • EU Asylum Law
  • European Private Law
  • European Consumer Protection Law
  • European Intellectual Property Law, especially EU Copyright Law
  • Fundamental Rights in the EU
  • Union citizenship
  • Civil Law

Current projects

  • European Commission project JUST/2014/RCON/PR/CIVI/0082 - Study of national procedural laws and practices in terms of their impact on the free circulation on judgments and on the equivalence and effectiveness of the procedural protection of consumers under EU Consumer Law, Max-Planck-Institute Luxembourg, 2016 national reporter
  • European Commission Project on Private Law & Company Law, London School of Economics, national partner 2015, 2016
  • Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen (FIDE), Budapest 18.-21. Mai 2016: national reporter on collective redress
  • International Academy of Comparative Law - ‘Enforcement of Consumer Law’, 16. - 18. november2016, Montevideo, national reporter (http://iuscomparatum.info/thematic-congresses/next-thematic-congress/)
  • Publisher of the book "The Influence of Human Rights and Basic Rights in Private Law", Springer 2016, 593 p, together with Petra Weingerl

New book

Prof. Verica Trstenjak published together with Petra Weingerl the book "The Influence of Human Rights and Basic Rights in Private Law" at Springer.

More: www.springer.com/de/book/9783319253350

Business Law Seminar: BREXIT - social and legal implications from an EU perspective

Ms Prof. Verica Trstenjak is giving a lecture on the social as well as legal implications of Brexit from an EU-perspective at the University of Sydney Business School, Australia.

for more Informationen see here.



Upcoming conferences, lectures and more

  • 08.02.2018: Speech on "The Court of Justice of the EU and its Perspective on Fundamental Rights", The New York City Bar Association, Council on international affairs, New York, USA
  • 06.02.2018: Informal dinner meeting (upon the invitation of Prof. Weiler), New York University, New York, USA
  • 31.01.2018: Discussion on "Die Europäische Demokratie - Grenzen und Möglichkeiten des Europäischen Parlaments", Bürgerinnen Forum Europa, Haus der Europäischen Union, Vienna, Austria
  • 16.01.2018: Lecture on "Die Rolle des EuGH und seine Bedeutung für die Grundrechte und für die europäische Gerichtsbarkeit", Centre international de formation européen (CIFE), EU-course "Neuer Schwung für Europa", Figlhaus Vienna, Austria
  • 02.11.2017: Lecture on "The European Asylum System: The Political and Legal Consequences of Mass Migration in to Europe", University of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA
  • 01.11.2017: Talk about "Fundamental rights from a European perspective (and the influence of the case law of European Court of justice)", The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, USA
  • 12.-14.10.2017: Lecture on "EU challenges: Brexit, migration and digital rights", Dnevi Slovenskih Pravnikov, Portorož, Slovenia
  • 04.10.2017: Lecture on "Digitales Recht und der Einfluss der EuGH Rechtsprechung", 6th Conference on aspects of European consumer law of the Centre Européen des Consommateurs Luxembourg,  Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 27.-29.09.2017: Management Board Meeting, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Vienna, Austria
  • 22.-23.09.2017: Chair of "Digitaler Binnenmarkt und Wettbewerb", 17. Europarechtstag, Juridicum Vienna, Austria
  • 21.09.2017: Lecture on "Bedeutung und Einfluss der Grundrechte auf die Wirtschaft - besonders aus Sicht der Rechtsprechung des EuGH", University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 06.-08.09.2017: European Law Institute's Annual Conference and General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria
  • 28.08.2017: Lecture on "Legal protection and fundamental rights", Summer school for European Law in Alpbach, University of Innsbruck, Alpbach, Austria
  • 07.-12.08.2017: Lecture on "EU law and internal market", Summer school of the University of Vienna, Strobl, Austria
  • 19.07.2017: Lecture on "Brexit and EU company law", ELSA Summer school: Business Law challenges for the next decade, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 14.07.2017: Lecture on "European private law and ECJ", Summer school of the University of Salzburg: European private law, Salzburg, Austria
  • 03.-04.07.2017: Second Intergovernmental Group of Experts Meeting on "Consumer Protection Law and Policy", Conference of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 26.06.-30.06.: Lecture on "Asylum: the legal framework in the EU and the case law of the European Court of Justice", Summer school of the University of Emuni: Migration and the Euro-Mediterranean Region, Piran, Slovenia
  • 06.06.2017: Lecture on "The importance of the quality of laws and independent public officials for the rule of law and fundamental rights", 6th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2017) Singapore, Singapore
  • 25.05.2017: Lecture on "My study experience in Switzerland", Embassy of Switzerland in Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 18.-20.05.2017: Lecture on "Brexit - Legal Implications and the International Private Law Context", Conference on EU Project: "Remedies concerning Enforcement of Foreign Judgements according to Brussels I Recast", Portorož, Slovenia
  • 12.05.2017: Lecture on "The implications of fundamental rights for private law", Conference on European Law for judges, Ministry of Justice of Slovenia, Portorož, Slovenia
  • 11.05.2017: Lecture on "Current CJEU case law", Conference on European Law for judges, Ministry of Justice of Slovenia, Portorož, Slovenia
  • 21.03.2017: Lecture on "Die Rolle des EuGH und seine Bedeutung für die Grundrechte und für die europäische Gerichtsbarkeit", Neuer Schwung für Europa - EU-course 2016/17 of the "Centre International de Formation Européenne" (CIFE), Figlhaus, Vienna, Austria
  • 10.-11.-03.2017: Lecture on "Fundamental rights in the economic context", LL.M. University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 01.02.2017: Lecture on "Fundamental rights in the EU and the influence of the CJEU": Presentation of the commemorative publication for Prof. Ernest Petrič, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 03.01.2017: Lecture on "Brexit: legal and economic aspects", Slovenian Association for European Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Current publications

  • Der Einfluss der Grundrechte auf den Verbraucherschutz, besonders aus Sicht der Rechtsprechung des EuGH, in Festschrift für Prof. Kohler, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg (to be published in 2018)
  • Varstvo potrosnikov in temeljne pravice ter vpliv sodne prakse Sodisca EU, in Festschrift für Prof. Ilesic, Izzivi prava v zivljenjski resnicnosti - Challenges of Law in Life Reality, Univerza v Ljubljani, Pravna fakulteta (2017), p. 519-529.
  • Private law and fundamental rights, in Schauer/Verschraegen (ed.) General Reports of the XIXth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Springer (2017), p. 73-97.
  • The Importance of the Quality of Laws and Independent Public Officials for the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights - the European View, in Proceedings of 6th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP 2017), Global Science and Technology Forum (GTSF) June 2017, p. 143-145.
  • EU po brexitu: obletnice, razveze in (ne)poravnani racuni, Pravna Praksa April 2017, p. 3-4.
  • Private enforcement and Collective redress in European Competition law, national report Slovenia  for FIDE conference 2016,  Wolters Kluwer, Budapest, 2016, together with Petra Weingerl, p. 735-753.
  • Migration, Fundamental Rights and the Influence of the Court of Justice of the EU, in Tagungsband der Conference on European Democracy (EuDEM 2016) (to be published)
  • Temeljne pravice in vpliv Sodišča EU/Fundamental rights and the influence of the CJEU, in Zbornik za Prof. Petriča (2016), p. 193-210.
  • Comparative Law and the Influence and the Importance of the Court of Justice of the EU, La cittadinanza europea 2016/1, p. 67-76.
  • Verhängung restriktiver Maßnahmen durch die EU, ÖJZ 2016/2, p. 62-69, together with Agnes Balthasar.
  • The Influence of Human Rights and basic Rights in Private Law, Springer (2016), 593 p., together with Petra Weingerl.
  • From Ovid's Golden Age to Modern European Curia: The Prominent Role of the CJEU in Shaping European Consumer Law, European Journal of Consumer Law/Revue européenne du droit de la consummation, 2015/1, p. 3-6.
  • The Welfare State in Times of Crisis: Threat to the Rule of Law? in Iliopoulos-Strangas (ed.) The future of the Constitutional Welfare State in Europe (2015), p. 299-306.
  • Rechtsfragen bei der Veräußerung von Wertpapieren in der Rechtsprechung des EuGH, in Welser (ed.), Haftung bei Wertpapierveräußerung- Teil 2 Ausgewählte Fragen zu Rechtsnatur der Veräußerung, Anlegerschutz, Prospekthaftung und Verjährung nach dem Recht der CEE-Staaten (2017), p. 99-115.
  • Zur Haftung von Ratingagenturen – ausgewählte Judikatur, in Welser (ed.) Haftung bei Wertpapierveräußerungen - Rat und Auskunft als Grundlage der Haftung bei der Veräußerung von Wertpapieren nach dem Recht der CEE-Staaten, mit Beiträgen zur Haftung von Rating-Agenturen XI/1 (2015), p. 203-212.
  • Die neue Verbraucherrechte-Richtlinie in der Rechtsprechung des EuGH, in Welser (ed.), Die Umsetzung der Verbraucherrechte-Richtlinie in den Staaten Zentral- und Osteuropas(2015), p. 233-243.
  • Les mécanismes de recours collectif et leur importance pour la protection des consommateurs, in La Cour de justice de l’Union européenne sous la présidence de Vassilios Skouris (2003-2015), Liber amicorum Vassilios Skouris (2015), p. 681-696.