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IBA 2016 Milan Litigation Conference

The IBA Litigation Committee presented its 2nd Conference on Private International Law in Milan, Italy on November 17th and 18th, 2016. The Conference focused on the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements. Even though the ratification process is still in its infancy, the recent ratification by Singapore (1 October 2016) has expanded the…

Donald J Trump: Surprise Result in Controversial US Election

As is generally true whenever there is a dramatic change in administration of a government having important ties with Austria and the EU, more questions than answers regarding how respective laws, business, processes, economies and relationships, might be affected, become immediately clear.  With the surprise election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of…

Article on the Austrian Freedom of Information Act, featured in the Wiener Zeitung, 21 October 2016

“The Comfort Derived from its Shroud of Secrecy”  A public discussion and analysis of the tension between the new law’s addressing how a well-intentioned attempt to promote governmental transparency and citizens’ access to information can become frustrated in practice, when legislative and broad-ranging government-interest exceptions rule the day.. “Information Freedom versus Secrecy – How the…