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DDr. Elisabeth Steiner

ATTORNEY AT LAW | MEMBER OF THE LGP SENIOR EXPERT COUNCIL | FORMER JUDGE AT THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS (2001-2015)

DDr. Elisabeth Steiner

Current position: Attorney at Law, Senior Export Counsel at LANSKY, GANZGER + partner
E-Mail: steiner@lansky.at
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Correspondence: German, English, French

As a trusted expert in the rule of law and international relations attorney-at-law Elisabeth Steiner is LGP Senior Expert Counsel (SEC). Elisabeth Steiner studied law and business administration in Vienna before she practiced as an independent lawyer with her own law firm in Vienna for almost 20 years. In 2001, Steiner was appointed Austrian Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg (France) and served at the court until the end of October 2015. Steiner was elected Vice-President of the 1st Section of the European Court of Human Rights in 2011 and remained in that position until the end of her appointment.

Elisabeth Steiner lectures at numerous renowned law faculties in Austria and worldwide. For example, she held classes at the Universities of Stanford, Hong Kong, Beijing, Vienna, and Graz. She regularly maintains professional exchange with national and international colleagues. Since 1 January 2019, Elisabeth Steiner has been a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) and has been serving as Deputy President of the Appeals Arbitration Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) since 1 May 2019.

Her greatest achievements as a lawyer include obtaining compensation for more than 320,000 Ukrainian, Russian, and Belorussian forced laborers of World War II, as well as co-negotiating the Washington Agreement in 2001 which provides a legal framework for the payment of compensation for crimes and injustices committed during the Second World War.


Fields of activities

  • General legal practice
  • Labour and social law
  • Democratic processes
  • European institutions
  • Fundamental and human rights
  • Basic principles of the rule of law
  • Tort law
  • Criminal defense

Education

  • 1987Admission to the Bar, Chamber of Attorneys for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland
  • 1985 Doctor of Economics (Dr. rer. soc. oec.), University of Economics, Vienna: Doctorate (business administration)
  • 1982Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.), University of Vienna, Faculty of Law
  • 1982Master of business administration (MBA), University of Economics (specialisation in business economics, Vienna)
  • 1981Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Vienna, Faculty of Law
  • 1978Diploma in Cultural Management (Dipl. Cult.), University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Professional experience

  • 2015 until now Attorney at LANSKY, GANZGER + partner Attorneys at Law in Vienna, Austria
  • 2001 – 10/2015 Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
  • 2011 – 10/2015 Vice-President of Section I of the European Court of Human Rights
  • 2007 Re-election to the European Court of Human Rights as a judge
  • 2001 Election to the European Court of Human Rights as a judge
  • 1999 – 2001 Representation of 80,000 former slaves and forced labourers from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, involving extensive fact-finding missions in those countries
  • 1988 – 20001 Legal practice as attorney and founder of Steiner & Witt-Dörring Attorneys at law, Vienna
  • 1987 Admission to the Bar, Chamber of Attorneys for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland
  • 1985 – 1987 Training to become a lawyer
  • 1985 Court practice

Membership to professional bodies

  • Member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS, Lausanne)
  • Deputy President of the Appeals Arbitration Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
  • Member of the external and independent Appeals Tribunal of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
  • Member of the external and independent Appeals Tribunal of the International Anti-Corruption Acadamy (IACA)
  • OSCE Expert for the Human Dimension Mechanism (appointed in 2018 for a term of three years)
  • President of the Austrian chapter of the International Women`s Forum (IWF)
  • Former Member of the Grand Chamber Working Group
  • Former Member of the Status Committee of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Former Member of the Committee of the Rules of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Former Member of the Judicial Studies Programme, Committee of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Former Attendance of several conferences and colloquia on human rights

Teaching assignments

VISITING PROFESSOR (IN EXTRACTS)

  • 2016Visiting Professor at Hongkong University, Hongkong, China
  • 2016Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, USA
  • 2014Visiting Professor of Yantai University, Yantai, China
  • 2012 until nowProfessor at the Renmin Law University of China, Beijing
  • 2012 Visiting Professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing
  • 2011 – 2013Visiting Professor at the Istanbul Kültür University, Turkey

 

LECTURER (IN EXTRACTS)

  • 2016Lecturer at Stanford University
  • 2015 until nowLecturer at the University of Graz, Austria
  • 2011 until now  Lecturer at the Donau Universität, Krems, Austria: Courses for Master Students Human Rights
  • 2010Lecturer at the University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, on the Convention and the jurisprudence
  • 2009 – 2014Teaching Austrian judges on the Convention and Human Rights and their application Lecturer at the Renmin University of China, Beijing, on the Convention and Human Rights
  • 2008 until nowLecturer at the University of Vienna on the Human Rights Convention and the Court (Master Programm)
  • 2007Lecturer in Seoul, South Korea, European Convention of Human Rights and Social Charter

Publications (in extracts)

  • Steiner, The Rule of Law in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, Conference Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe: From a Common Concept to Mechanisms of Implementation, 3rd April 2014.
  • Steiner, Die Rechtsprechung des EGMW, Fachtagung „Menschenrechte und Behinderung“ im Rahmen der österr. Präsidentschaft des Europarates, 10th April 2014.
  • Steiner/Steiner, Impulse aus Straßburg zur Neuregelung der Obsorge durch das Kindschafts- und Namensrechts-Änderungsgesetz 2013 – relevante Rechtsprechung des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte, in Perner/Rubin/Spitzer/Vonkilch, Festschrift für Attila Fenyves.
  • Fenyves/Karner/Koziol/Steiner, Tort Law in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (2011).
  • Steiner, Some reflections on the process which led to the preparation of the European Convention on Human Rights, in Spielmann/Tsirli/ Voyatzis, Melanges Rozakis (2011).
  • Steiner, Fair Trial und Strafverteidigung – Verteidigungsrechte des Artikels 6 der Europäischen Konvention für Menschenrechte, speech held on the 18th February 2011 at the „Dreiländerforum Strafverteidigung“ in Innsbruck, published in JSt 2011, 6 ff.
  • Steiner, Changes in the proceeding before the European Court of Human Rights in the light of changes following Protocol No 14, in Kicker (ed.), Council of Europe: Pioneer and undisputable guarantor for Human Rights and Democracy, Politicum 108 (2009).
  • Steiner, The Strasbourg law in defamatory judgments, in Engel (ed.), Freedom of the media, power of the media and individual protection (2008).
  • Steiner, The particular shaping of the European human rights protection of the European Convention on Human Rights and Freedoms, in Hummer (ed.), Austria in the Council of Europe 1956-2006 (2008).

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