Smart cities


29 - 31 October 2020

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 The vibrant capital of Austria is proud to host the AIJA seminar on smart cities

Smart cities are cities where everything is connected. Areas and buildings are intertwined with technology, and through sharing of data, these become more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more user friendly. At our Vienna seminar, we will delve into the many aspects of smart cities, ranging from real estate development, environmental aspects, infrastructure collaboration, digitalised engineering and building to IT and property rights issues. There will also be panels looking into procurement and litigation from a smart city point of view. Whether you are a smart city expert or novice, the seminar will allow you to meet peers from all over the world interested in tomorrow's real estate game.

Vienna, the romantically imperial city, is best known for its art, culture and history. The city has been synonymous with music for centuries, being home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. But also today, Vienna has a lot to offer. In 2019, the city has topped Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking for the 10th year in a row. Roland Berger’s Smart City Strategy Index 2019 has ranked Vienna as first among 153 cities worldwide. And, last but not least, Vienna is also the only world capital to produce its own wine.

The seminar will be rounded off by the social program where you will be able to taste wine from different Austrian regions with the guidance of own sommelière and – of course – enjoy Vienna’s best Schnitzel in a classical atmosphere. Don’t miss our optional dinner on Saturday evening, where the Grand Ferdinand, a members only restaurant, will open the doors for aija and provide you with a magnificent view over the historic city centre of Vienna.

We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna!

AIJA Commissions

  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Real Estate

Full programme

Smart cities

Thursday 29 October 2020

17:00 » 18:00
Registration at Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof
Address: Herrengasse 10, 1010 Wien
18:00 » 20:00
Welcome cocktail at Palmenhaus
Address: Burggarten 1, 1010 Vienna
Optional dinner
Not included in the registration fee, payable locally

Friday 30 October 2020

08:00 » 09:00
Registration at Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof
Address: Herrengasse 10, 1010 Wien
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome address by AIJA President
Paola Fudakowska, AIJA President, FCO Legal Directorate, United Kingdom
09:15 » 09:20
Welcome address by the OC representative
09:20 » 09:50
Vienna as a smart city
Dominic Weiss, Urban Innovation Vienna, Smart City Agency
09:50 » 10:40
Smart city concepts around the world
Edward Banyard, Smith, Farrer & Co., UK
Philip Rosenauer, PHH Rechtsanwaelte, Austria
Alessia Giaccari, Nunziante Magrone, Italy
Cheng Chen, Kellerhals Carrard, China
10:40 » 11:10
Coffee break
11:10 » 11:40
Frameworks for urban energy supply after the Energiewende
Ms Susanna Erker, Department of Energy Planning, City of Vienna
11:40 » 12:05
Paperless and digital building projects
Johannes Meyer-Myklestad, Selmer, Norway
12:05 » 12:35
City as a service
Volker Schaffler, Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology
12:35 » 13:40
13:40 » 14:25
Area development rather than property development
Jeroen De Coninck, Advocatenkantoor De Coninck, Belgium
Laura Luthiger, Neovius, Switzerland
Andreas Eichler, GSK Stockmann, Germany
Iwona Roksela- Mielnik, Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr, Poland
14:25 » 14:55
Managing conflicts of interests of local citizens
Roman Pecenka, PRK Partners, Czech Republic
Anita Nijboer, Kennedy Van Der Laan, Netherlands
Henning Jensen, BNT Attorneys, Latvia
14:55 » 15:15
The German "climate package" – A push for e-mobility
Tobias Woltering, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Germany
15:15 » 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 » 16:15
Infrastructure collaboration in smart cities
Elisabeth Miksch-Fuchs, Head of Department of PPP, City of Vienna
16:15 » 16:45
Bermuda triangle of contracts - Allocating risks
Emma Niemistö, Merilampi, Finland
Bernd Hauck, Kellerhals Carrard, Switzerland
16:45 » 17:00
Welcome to the jungle! – IP and privacy concerns in smart cities
Árpád Geréd, Maybach Görg Lenneis Geréd Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Austria
17:00 » 17:30
Wrap-up of day 1, perspectives
Barbara Webb, Farrer & Co., United Kingdom
Holger Schütz, Schwenke Schütz, Germany
Optional Wine Tasting at Vinothek Der Wein
Address: Riemergasse 6, 1010 Vienna
Not included in the registration fee, payable locally (25 EUR)
20:00 » 22:00
Dinner at Labstelle
Address: Lugeck 6, 1010 Wien, Autriche

Saturday 31 October 2020

09:30 » 10:15
Procurement war stories
Laurynas Lukošiūnas, Sorainen, Lithuania
Ramona Wyss, Walder Wyss Ltd., Switzerland
Karen-Anne Rakkedal, Selmer, Norway
Caterina Carremann, Foyen, Sweden
10:15 » 10:45
Environmental, social and cultural criteria in procurement of smart cities
Madeleine Edqvist, Mannheimer Swartling, Sweden
10:45 » 11:30
Legal framework for mobility in smart cities
Christine Borfiga, Astine, France
Alessandro Foti, Deberti Jacchia, Italy
Giovanni Patti, Abbatescianni e Associati, Italy
Kenneth Wallace-Mueller, DLA Piper, United Kingdom
11:30 » 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 » 12:45
Dispute resolution panel
Dhruv Kakar, S.C. Ladi & Company, India
Peter van Velthoven, Van Doorne N.V., Netherlands
Jason Kellogg, Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP, United States
12:45 » 13:15
Looking ahead, what will smart cities look like in 2030?
Thomas Seeber, Kunz Wallentin Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Austria
13:15 » 14:00
14:30 » 16:30
Optional city tour
Included in the registration fee
Optional dinner at Grand Étage
Address: 8thfloor of Grand Ferdinand, Schubertring 1010, Vienna
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration





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Practical information


Seminar and Saturday optional dinner: Business Casual

Thursday welcome reception and Friday dinner: Smart Casual

Saturday afternoon optional program: Casual


Organising Committee

Advocatenkantoor De Coninck (BELGIUM)

Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)

Kellerhals Carrard (SWITZERLAND)

Henning JENSEN
bnt attorneys in CEE (LATVIA)

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS (NORWAY)

Marie-Luise PUGL
DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)