Liability for Means of Transport


The project on ‘Liability for Means of Transport‘ is 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 and prioritises the investigation of liability for railways, a topic as yet little researched.

The first part of the project will investigate the current reform needs of the Railway and Road Traffic Liability Act. A particular focal point of the research will lie in accounting the EU law provisions concerning the separation of railway transport and railway infrastructure undertakings. For the second part of the project, current European harmonisation needs for the liability of railways will be analysed, in particular in regards to the close interdependence of the various international transport activities and the particular concerns arising with transnational joint projects (such as the Brenner Base Tunnel). A third part of the project will involve developing proposals for the further development of railway liability in European, and thus also in Austrian, law.