Friedl Weiss

Professor Emeritus at the Department of European, International Law and Comparative Law, University of Vienna

Friedl Weiss holds a doctorate in law (1970), a Licence spéciale en Droit Européen from the European Institute at the Free University of Brussels (1972), as well as an MA in Public International Law and European Law from the University of Cambridge (1974).
He has spent most of his academic career in the UK, previously as a Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science and held the Chair of International Economic Law and International Organisations at the University of Amsterdam where he also served as Director of the Amsterdam Law School (ALS).

Friedl Weiss has been legal adviser in the EFTA Secretariat as well as legal consultant in GATT. Other consultancies include contract research and expert advisory services for the UN (UNITAR, UNCTAD, ESCAP), in the EU (EC TACIS/Poland, DG Trade/Vietnam, Legal Service/Reflection Group on WTO Law, European Energy Charter), as well as for several countries and their institutions. He is member of the ILA Committee on the role of sustainable development in resource management for development and was a member of the ILA Committees on International Law on Sustainable Development and on Foreign Investment.

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Research focus

  • European and International (economic) Law
  • International  Organizations, including those of international economic governance and European Union Law
  • WTO Law and GATT


Major recent Publications

The Changing Landscape of Global Financial Governance and the Role of Soft Law, with A. Kammel (co.-eds., 2015)

Friedl Weiss, Clemens Kaupa, EU Internal Market Law, (CUP, 2014)

G.Hafner, A.Kumin, F.Weiss, Das Recht der Europäischen Union, (2013)

Sketching "Community Interests" in EU Law, in From Bilateralism to Community Interest, in Essays in Honour of Judge Bruno Simma (2011)

WTO-Trade in Goods, Free Circulation of Goods, with Silke Steiner, in Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (2011)

Inherent Powers of National and International Courts: the Practice of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, in International Investment Law for the 21st Century, Essays in Honour of Christoph Schreuer (2009)

The Principle of Non-Discrimination in International Economic Law: A Conceptual and Historical Sketch, in International Law between Universalism and Fragmentation, Festschrift in Honour of Gerhard Hafner (2008)

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EC Research Grant (1978); Personal Research Grant by the British Academy (1985); Medal of Honour for Services rendered to the European Forum Alpbach (2010); First Class Honour's Cross by the President of Austria for Services rendered to Science and Culture (2011); EU-ERASMUS Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Grant (2011)