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Project Staff

Angelika Adensamer

Angelika Adensamer is a PhD candidate in the team of Professor Iris Eisenberger within the project DiGrenz since March 2021.

She studied law at the University of Vienna and Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc) at the University of Oxford and worked on research projects at the Institute for the Sociology of Law and Criminology (IRKS) and the Vienna Centre for Societal Security (VICESSE).

She has also worked several years in the NGO and political sector and was a member of the Data Protection Council from 2018-2020. She is a member of the editorial team of the journal juridikum.

Her research focuses on police surveillance, data protection law and algorithmic regulation.

Thomas Buocz

Thomas Buocz is a research associate in Professor Iris Eisenberger’s team since May 2020. His main interests and research areas are technology and innovation law, media law, constitutional law and legal theory. At the Institute of Law, he works 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.

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Annemarie Hofer

Annemarie Hofer is a member of Professor Eisenberger’s team since May 2020.

She is working within the H2020 project “SCALINGS – Scaling up Co-creation: Pathways and challenges for socially robust innovation in Europe“, the H2020 project "ETAPAS - Ethical Technology Adaption in Public Administration Services" and the project “REASON - Legal Requirements for statistical modelling”, funded by the Province of Styria.

Additionally, she is responsible for science management and science communication within the Department Eisenberger.

Her main interests are the interdisciplinary work at the intersection of law, technology and environment as well as project management.

She studied Environment and Bio-Resources Management at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and was already a member of Iris Eisenberger’s team there.

Prior to her employment at the University of Graz, she worked for an international consultancy firm in the field of legal compliance and organisational development.


Stefan Steininger

Stefan Steininger is a research associate in the team of Professor Iris Eisenberger since December 2020. His main interests and research areas are within the administrative and constitutional law. At the University of Graz he works 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.

Tess Upperton, LL.B.(Hons), B.A.

Tess Upperton, LL.B.(Hons), B.A., joined the theam of Professor Iris Eisenberger as scientific project staff within the project Responsible Robotics (RR-AI) in February 2021.

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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