Editors - Private International Law
Prof. Bea VERSCHRAEGEN
Was born in Ghent, Belgium. She studied law and music at the University of Ghent and law and ethnology at the University of Vienna, where she became doctor of law in 1978. In 1983 she obtained an LL.M.-degree at the University of London (King's College) and in 2002 an M.E.M. - (Maître européen en médiation) degree at the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bosch (Sion, CH), in co-operation with the University of Barcelona (E) and Hagen (D). From 1988 to 1989 she worked as an expert (collaboratrice scientifique) at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne (CH) under Prof. A.E. von Overbeck, director of the Institute at the time. Her habilitation-thesis on Divorce by mutual consent - A comparative analysis was approved by the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna in 1989.
From 1989 to 1992 she was assistant professor at the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Vienna. In 1992 she was head of the European Integration department of the Austrian Parliament, directorate of International Affairs. This was followed by a full professorship at the Europa-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/ Oder (G), where from 1992 to 1994 she taught Civil Law, Conflicts of Law and Comparative Law with special regard to European Integration. From 1994 to 1998 she was full professor at the University of Bielefeld (G) for Civil Law, Conflicts of Law, Comparative Law, European Civil Law and European Integration. In 1998 she was appointed full professor at the University of Vienna. In addition, she has been teaching Private International Law at Pan European University (PEU, Bratislava) since 2004.
She was co-opted member of the Commission on Conflicts of Law, Comparative Law and European Law of the Austrian Academy of Sciences until the Commission was closed down for financial reasons in 1998. In 1993 she became a co-opted member of the German Academic Association on Family Law, in 1994 of the German Society on International Law and in 1995 a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws. From 1999 until 2008 she was an Austrian delegate to the International Commission on Civil Status (Commission Internationale de l'État Civil, CIEC) and served as its president from 2000 to 2002. Since 2002 she is Présidente honoraire of the CIEC. In 2008 she was elected president of the International Association of Family Law (ISFL) for a three years term. Since 2008 she has been serving as the head of the Austrian National Committee of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL)/Académie internationale de droit comparé (AIDC) and was elected titular member of the Academy in 2010. From 2009-2012 she was Vice-Rector for International Relations at PEU (Bratislava) and is since then special advisor to the Rector of PEU. She founded the Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law (IACPIL) in 2009 which she presides since 2009 (re-election in 2011). Since 2010 she has been serving as External Academic Advisor of CityU Hong Kong, in 2011 she became a member of the International Advisory Board of CityU Hong Kong, and was nominated adjunct professor at the University of Macau in 2012
She was guest professor at the Kansas University (Lawrence, KS, USA) in 1991, in Strasbourg (in 1992) and in Budapest (in 1993) both at the invitation of the Santa Clara University (CA, USA). She was also a guest professor at the University of Salzburg in 1995, at the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 1996, and Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College (University of Oxford) in 1996/1997, followed by guest professorships at Komenius-University (Bratislava, SK) in 2003 and 2004, at CityU Hong Kong in 2010 and 2011, and guest lecturer at numerous universities worldwide.
Bea Verschraegen has written several books, inter alia Internationales Privatrecht (Vienna 2012); Die europäische Union. Anspruch und Wirklichkeit (together with H. Neisser, 2001); Die Kinderrechtkonvention (1996); Gleichgeschlechtliche Ehen' (1994); Die einverständliche Scheidung (1990). This book was awarded the Prize for Humanities and Social Sciences of the City of Vienna. She wrote on 'Österreichisches Erbrecht', in: Ferid/Firsching/Dörner/Hausmann (eds.), Internationales Erbrecht (2011) and commented i.a. on (Austrian) 'Tausch- und Kaufrecht', in: Kletecka/Schauer, ABGB-ON (2010, updated yearly); further on (German) 'Spousal support upon divorce', in: Staudinger, BGB-Kommentar (1999, new edition forthcoming), and (German) 'Private International Law, The General Provisions of the EGBGB', in: Finger (ed.) (orig. Böhmer/Siehr), Das Internationale Familienrecht (1997). She is the editor i.a. of 'Interdisciplinary Studies of Comparative and Private International Law' (Vol I, 2010; Vol II, 2011; Vol III, 2012), 'Austrian Law An International Perspective. Selected Issues' (2010), 'Rechtswahl. Grenzen und Chancen' (2010), (Slovak) 'Legal Sources of Private International Law / Pramene Medzinárodného Práva Súkromného a Procesného', together with Milo Hatapka (2010); 'Family Finances' (2009), and 'Gleichheit im Familienrecht - unter Berücksichtigung des Einflusses von Verfassungen und internationalen Konventionen' (1997). Finally, she has written numerous articles and other contributions in different legal journals.
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