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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…

KNOETZL hosted “Unconscious Bias & Negotiation” Workshop in Vienna

ArbitralWomen, VIAC and KNOETZL conducted the continued workshop on unconscious bias on Friday, 21 October 2016. The program was remarkably well attended by business leaders, government officials and a variety of professional service providers. Speakers discussed how to manage unconscious bias in the workplace and in international arbitration, and demonstrated how to apply this knowledge in the…

Lecture on prospectus liability in private international law

On 24 October 2016, Judith Schacherreiter gave a lecture at a conference on banking law at the University of Vienna  on the subject of responsibility attaching to the prospectus in private international law. Dr. Schacherreiter examinded how the prospectus directive has harmonised the obligation to publish a prospectus and established the country-of-origin principle for its…

Awful but Lawful Practices

On October 10, 2016, the Working Group Compliance of Transparency International, Austrian Chapter, hosted a compliance event titled “Awful but Lawful Practices”. Professor Nikos Passas, who teaches at the International Anti-Corruption Academy, provided his key note speech focusing on the need to act in a social responsible way and not only to comply with the…