Univ.-Prof. Dr. iur. Thomas Simon

since 2005 Professor for European Legal and Constitutional History at the Department of Legal and Constitutional History, University of Vienna







  • 1992: Graduation as Dr. iur. at the University of Freiburg; thesis on the emergence of the modern territorial state ("Grundherrschaft und Vogtei")
  • 1992-2005 Researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte in Frankfurt am Main
  • 1992-2005: Participation in a research project on early modern police legislation
  • 1994-1996: Courses at the University of Frankfurt and at the College for Administration Wiesbaden
  • SS/1997: Visiting professor at the University of Tartu
  • 2001: Habilitation at the University of Frankfurt; thesis: "'Gute Policey'. Ordnungsleitbilder und Zielvorstellungen politischen Handelns in der Frühen Neuzeit". Venia legendi for civil law, medieval and modern history of law, constitutional history
  • 2002: Interim professor at the University of Cologne
  • 2003: Interim professor at the University of Erlangen
  • since 09/2005: Professor for Austrian and European Legal History at the University of Vienna
  • 2008-2009: President of the Viennese Society for Legal History
  • 10/2008-01/2010: Mentor for mentoring-program at the University of Vienna - advancement of women in science and equal treatment
  • 2010-2014: Head of the Society for Constitutional History
  • since 09/2012: Member of the rehabilitation advisory board at the Ministry of Justice
  • since 01/2013: Member of the disciplinary commission at the Ministry for Science and Research
  • since 06/2014: Committee man for the scientific staff of the University of Vienna


Research areas:

  • History and theory of legislation
  • Justice and judiciary advanced law training under the conditions of a legislation state
  • Constitutionalism and parliamentarism in a multi-ethnic state. History of the Austrian constitution, 19th/20th century, in a European context
  • „Gute Policey“: Concerning the change in conceptions of common welfare and in administrative studies
  • The legal systems of Southeastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century: Rechtstransfer und and judicial modernization processes in Southeastern Europe in the 19th/20th century (third-party funded)
  • East Asian-European legal dialogue: A comparison of European and Chinese judicial cultures from a historical perspective (third-party funded)