The project ‘Liability for Means of Transport’ prioritises the investigation of liability for railways, a topic as yet little researched. The current level of European harmonisation and research in this field is not yet entirely satisfactory, in spite of the topic’s clear practical relevance for current efforts to promote the less ecologically-damaging railways. The project aims to fill this gap.

The first part of the project investigates the current reform needs of the Railway and Road Traffic Liability Act. A particular focal point of the research lies in an account of the EU law provisions concerning the separation of railway transport and railway infrastructure undertakings. For the second part of the project, the current Europe-wide need for harmonisation in relation to the liability of railways is analysed, in particular in regards to the close interdependence of international transport activities and the particular concerns arising with transnational joint projects (such as the Brenner Base Tunnel). A third part of the project develops proposals for the further development of railway liability in European, and thus also in Austrian, law.

The project is being conducted in cooperation with the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law under the leadership of Helmut Koziol and Olaf Riss. It is estimated to last three years.


already published:

Die Haftung von Eisenbahnverkehrs- und Infrastrukturunternehmen im Rechtsvergleich

Edited by Helmut Koziol
Jan Sramek Verlag, Wien
Softcover. ISBN 978-3-7097-0191-1
2019, 318 pp.

Buy book


Schadenersatzrechtliche Verantwortlichkeit im internationalen Schienenverkehr

By Gregor Christandl and Olaf Riss
Jan Sramek Verlag, Wien
Softcover. ISBN 978-3-7097-0273-4.
2021, 162 pp.

Buy book


Die Vereinheitlichung der Haftung von Eisenbahnunternehmen in der Europäischen Union

By Helmut Koziol
Jan Sramek Verlag, Wien
Softcover. ISBN 978-3-7097-0274-1.
2021, 230 pp.

Buy book






Project leaders:

Project assistant:

Partner institutions: