University of Vienna

Erich Schweighofer


Erich Schweighofer is Professor of Legal Informatics, International Law and European  Law & Head of the Centre of Legal Informatics at the University of Vienna ( He has over twenty years experience of funded research in legal informatics. He holds degrees in law, informatics, economics and international relations.

His technical background includes all aspects of law in the knowledge society, in particular legal retrieval systems, legal ontologies, semiautomatic text analysis and document categorisation, digital forensic, digital signatures etc. He was head or local co-ordinator of many research projects.

As a lawyer, Professor Schweighofer is an expert in IT law, international law and European law with a long-standing practice in the European Commission. He is recognised as an expert in international and European governance, Austrian and European IT law with a strong focus on theoretical aspects (e-person, e-transaction, regulation in cyberspace). Among other things, he chairs the legal informatics groups in Germany (GI Gesellschaft für Informatik) and Austria (OCG Austrian Computer Society). Every year, he organizes the well-known Legal Informatics Conference IRIS (


Walter Hötzendorfer

Walter Hoetzendorfer

Walter Hötzendorfer has studied law in Vienna and Sheffield and graduated from the University of Vienna in 2010. He also holds a BSc and an MSc in Business Informatics from the Vienna University of Technology. He acquired know-how in IT and project management during several software engineering projects at different organisations and companies and gained legal research experience from employments in a law firm and at the District Court for Commercial Matters Vienna as well as from doing his interdisciplinary master thesis. During his law studies he also worked as a student assistant at the University of Vienna Faculty of Law. Walter Hötzendorfer is currently doing a PhD in Law at the University of Vienna Centre for Legal Informatics on digital identity and identity federation with a focus on privacy. His research interests span privacy law and information security, digital identity, cloud computing and the legal aspects of these and other fields of IT. He also runs a blog about these topics.