This book provides an introduction to the Austrian state,legal system and laws. It provides a guide to a number of areas of Austrian substantive law, concentrating on the most important areas of public and private law. The book considers in depth, the historical, political, social and economic aspects of the Austrian State to give more background for those coming afresh to Austrian studies. This book will appeal to academic comparative lawyers across a range of disciplines and academics who require fundamental information on the Austrian state and legal systems. It will make attractive supplementary reading on comparative law courses, especially for those students spending a third year in Austria. It will also prove useful for politics and economics or multidisciplinary studies students who study Austria either directly or for comparison with other countries.