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Former Employees

Mag. Aljoscha Puber, BA MA

Aljoscha Puber studied law at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz and has been a student assistant at the Institute of Public Law and Political Science from March 2020 to March 2021. He completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in philosophy, during which he had already worked as a student assistant and spent one semester abroad at the University of Bergen (NO).

He gained further work experience through a civilian service in the social sector, voluntary mentoring work as well as an internship at the regional administrative court in Styria.
Mister Puber has a widespread field of interest, that touches upon diverse core subjects of jurisprudence, while the focus lies on selected cross-sectional matters as well as on issues that are particularly sensitive to fundamental rights (e.g. protection of personality rights, media law, environmental law, assembly law).

Apart from his work as student assistant, he has also been a researcher within the project “REASON - Legal Requirements for statistical modelling”, funded by the Province of Styria.

Mr. Puber will be focusing on his court year for the next months. We wish him all the best!

Anna-Carina Kappel

Anna-Carina Kappel was a student assistant at the Institute for Public Law and Political Science until the summer term 2021.
After she successfully completed her higher secondary education with the focus on tourism, she gained more than two years of practical experience in the commercial area, before she decided to study law. In addition to her studies, she continued to work in the commercial area, but was also able to gain initial experience in the legal field. During her studies she developed a keen interest in public law, especially administrative law and its procedures.

Dr. Lukas Reiter

Lukas Reiter has been a research assistant at the Institute for Public Law and Political Science from October 2017 until July 2020. He joined Professor Iris Eisenberger’s team in April 2020, having previously worked with Professor Bernd Wieser. After finishing his law studies at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz and his legal clerkship he wrote his PhD thesis on the "European State Aid Law in the Field of Sports". In addition to European state aid and competition law, Lukas Reiter's research focused on the law of hospitals as well as constitutional comparative law.

After successfully completing his doctorate Lukas Reiter will be working for Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH from 13 July 2020.

We are very thankful for the great cooperation with Lukas Reiter and wish him all the best for his future career!

Stefan Steininger

Stefan Steininger was a research associate in the team of Professor Iris Eisenberger until June 2021. His main interests and research areas are within the administrative and constitutional law. At the University of Graz he worked within the research project REASON.

REASON traces to which extent political decision makers used statistical models to support measures in connection with the COVID-19 crisis in Austria. Based on these insights, REASON examines which legal requirements for statistical models can be derived from the constitutional principles of democracy, the rule of law, and the liberal state. The results will be used to formulate legal policy proposals that successfully combine the innovative potential of statistical modelling with the requirements of the Austrian constitution.

Stefan Steininger studied Economic Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. During his studies he completed several internships, among others in a renowned Viennese law firm. He already worked in Iris Eisenberger’s team at the Institute of Law at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna during his studies.

After finishing his studies he completed an administrative internship at the Austrian Constitutional Court, since November 2018 he is a public employee of the Magistrate of the City of Vienna in the Municipal Department 64, where he is responsible for enforcement and legislation in matters of railroad, aviation, energy and radiation protection law.

Thomas Buocz

Thomas Buocz was a research associate in Professor Iris Eisenberger’s team until September 2021. His main interests and research areas are technology and innovation law, media law, constitutional law and legal theory. At the Institute of Law, he worked within the Horizion2020 research project SCALINGS.

He studied law at the University of Vienna and completed a semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen. Thomas Buocz has already worked in Iris Eisenberger’s team both at the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna and at the Institute of Law at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Most recently, he spent a research semester funded by a Marietta Blau-grant at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He gained practical experience as a legal assistant at the Vienna law firm Dr.in Maria Windhager, as a local representative of the third district of Vienna and as an intern at the Section for Constitutional Matters at the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

Tess Upperton

Tess Upperton, LL.B.(Hons), B.A., was part of the team of Professor Iris Eisenberger as scientific project staff until September 2021. She worked within the research project Responsible Robotics (RR-AI) and the Horizon 2020 research project ETAPAS.

Prior to this she was a Land Steiermark Fellow from October 2020 until February 2021, where she focused on comparative law and legal issues related to artificial intelligence. She studied Law (LL.B., First Class Hons) and Psychology (B.A.) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Tess spent her last semester on exchange at the University of Copenhagen. She then completed an internship at the New Zealand Embassy and the Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna, before returning to New Zealand.

After graduation, Tess worked as a solicitor in the law firm Chapman Tripp, specialising in commercial and public law. She also worked as a tutor and teaching fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.

Tess is particularly interested in data protection, intellectual property law, contract law and public law.

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