Basket of Electives (BoE)

European and Comparative History of Law

Legal and Constitutional History is one of the central subjects of Austrian legal education – in particular at a time, when law students are required to study and work in an international environment. Comparing legal traditions and the history of constitutional states may help students to critically reflect the global legal order of today. The understanding of the complex legal foundations and the historical development is in a modern and digitally connected world more important than ever before.

The Basket of Electives (BoE, „Wahlfachkorb“) “European and Comparative Legal History” is a great opportunity for students interested in the history and theory of law to deepen their knowledge in a subject that may not be directly linked with a practical purpose – but that nonetheless significantly shapes today’s legal conception.


The Basket of Electives consists of mandatory classes („Kernbereich“) and elective classes („Wahlbereich“).

Organizational Matters

The Basket of Electives „European and Comparative History of Law“ can be completed within two semesters (Winter and Summer term). Students will then qualify for the extra diploma in „European and Comparative History of Law“ upon completing the abovementioned classes.

Students who wish to use other classes that are not explicitly mentioned as either mandatory or elective classes for the Basket of Electives may contact Prof. Thomas Simon, who coordinates the Basket of Electives (or Prof. Ilse Reiter-Zatloukal) who will then decide on the individual matter.

Students may hand in their completed form on the „Basket of Electives“ („WFK-Pass“) together with their transcript of records („Sammelzeugnis“) at the Institute for Legal and Constitutional History. The form will then be checked for accuracy, signed by Prof. Simon and forwarded to the Dekanat (therefore, students do not have to pick up the WFK-Pass and hand it in at the Dekanat themselves).