Prof. Dr. Martin Risak

Academic Advisor

Employment History

After completing his legal internships and doctorate, Prof. Dr. Martin Risak worked for the law firm CMS.  He works as an expert and consultant for the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Commission, ministries and provincial governments, trade unions, the Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, the Austrian Economic Chambers, the Friedrich Ebert and Hans Böckler Foundations, and numerous companies; furthermore he acts as:

  • Member of the list of experts ‘The Digital Age: Opportunities and Challenges for Work and Employment’, eurofund, Dublin
  • Member of the advisory board of the Hugo Sinzheimer Institut für Arbeitsrecht in Frankfurt am Main
  • Expert of the European Centre of Expertise in the Field of Labour Law, Employment and Labour Market Policies (ECE) that advises the European Commission
Main Focuses

Prof. Dr. Risak focuses on labor and social law and the relevant effects of digitization.  He regularly appears as an expert at conferences and in the media such as ORF.

Educational & Academic Background

After studying law and completing his doctorate at the University of Vienna, Prof. Dr. Risak habilitated in 2007 in the fields of labor and social law.  His habilitation was awarded the Leopold-Kunschak-Wissenschaftspreis and the Kardinal-Innitzer-Förderungspreis.  Since then, Prof. Dr. Risak has taught and researched at various universities in Austria and abroad, e.g. in 2008/09 as the substitute for the Chair of Civil Law and Labor Law at the University of Passau.  He belongs to the following academic societies:

  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Arbeitsrecht und Sozialrecht: Member of the board
  • International Society for Labour and Social Security Law (ISLSSL)
  • Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA)
  • European Mediation Network Initiative (EMNI)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)
  • German Industrial Relations Association (GIRA)
  • British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA)
  • Österreichischer Juristentag (ÖJT)
Core Functional Expertise
  • Labor and Social Law
  • Digitization