Dr iur Christian Schmelz > Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) > Vienna, Austria > Lawyer Profile

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)
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Work Department

regulatory, environment, energy, technology


Christian Schmelz is a top ranked lawyer / leading individual for planning & environment as well as for public law, and is part of the firm’s regulatory practice group. He specialises in environmental, construction and energy law, as well as technology regulations.


Christian Schmelz serves not only national and international corporate clients, but also municipalities, provinces, Austria’s federal administration, the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the European Commission. He frequently acts for clients in the private and public sectors. He is the author of numerous books and articles across various fields of public law. Inter alia, he is the author of a comprehensive commentary on Austria’s EIA law. Updated regularly, the commentary is one of the preeminent legal publications in the field of public law in Austria. Christian is a lecturer in administrative, constitutional and EU Law at the University of Vienna, for which he was awarded an honorary professorship in 2014. He also frequently serves as a lecturer at various conferences and regularly advises on numerous legislative projects and many other aspects of public law.


German, English


University of Vienna, Vienna/Austria (Dr. iur. 1979)

Lawyer Rankings

Austria > Administrative law and public sector

(Leading individuals)

Christian SchmelzSchoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) provides a diverse range of public law services ranging from energy and transport to technology and gaming. A key focus lies on environment and climate change matters, for instance in the shape of planning and permitting, nature protection law and waste management. Bernd Rajal acts as firm-wide department head, with Christian Schmelz in charge of the subgroup planning and environment. Rajal advises both public and private entities on trade and foreign investment law, whereas Schmelz excels at construction and energy law. Associate Benjamin Schlatter handles both the regulatory aspects of environmental law and administrative proceedings.

Austria > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Christian SchmelzSchoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

A projects heavyweight, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) has significant expertise assisting with motorways, wind farms and hydropower plants. The practice also assists its high-end clients with other energy technology and renewables projects. ‘Fantastic energy lawyer’ Bernd Rajal acts as firm-wide head of the department, with Christian Schmelz in charge of planning and environment, Günther Leissler leading the tech regulation group and counsel Johannes Stalzer responsible for public procurement. Clients include national and international corporations, municipalities, provinces and government authorities.

Austria > Public procurement

Representing bidders as well as contracting authorities, Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is able to undertake both the preparation of tender applications and the execution of tender procedures. Counsel Johannes Stalzer shares responsibility for the department with Christian Schmelz, who also heads the firm’s regulatory practice. Schmelz has considerable understanding of EU-wide and cross-border tender procedures, for instance with regard to infrastructure or outsourcing projects.