The topics of the guest lecture series included “Property in Private International Law”, “Israeli Law as a Mixed Legal System”, as well as “Choice of Law Terminology in the Context of Non-Contractual Obligations”. Prof. Wasserstein-Fassberg was invited by Prof. Dr. Gregor Christandl from the Institute for Italian Law and Prof. Dr. Kristin Nemeth from the Institute for Civil Law.
In her first talk of the series, Prof. Wasserstein-Fassberg discussed the one universal choice of law rule, namely, the rule that property rights are subject to the lex situs (§31 IPRG). The discussion focused on the rationale of the rule and its implications in situations where the situs of movable property changes. It investigated and challenged the traditional assumption that giving priority to the lex situs at the time of the transfer protects vested rights.
Prof. Celia Wasserstein-Fassberg grew up in England and Jerusalem. She obtained a Ll.B. degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an S.J.D. degree at Harvard Law School. After clerking at the Israeli Supreme Court she became a member of the Israeli Bar Association. Prof. Wasserstein-Fassberg is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University, where she holds the Judge Harry M. Fisher Chair in Private International and Inter-Religious Law. Her primary area of research and teaching is Private International Law. In 2016 she was awarded the Justice Shneor Zalman Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law School, Columbia Law School and UNIDROIT. She is a member of the International Association of Procedural Law and Vice-President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists.
AIANI and the Faculty of Law of the University of Innsbruck were delighted to have Prof. Wasserstein-Fassberg as a lecturer in Innsbruck!