Dr. Rainer Hable is a Barrister at Law and a former Member of the Austrian Parliament.
He is admitted to the Vienna Bar. His main practice areas comprise the constitutional treaties, the charter of fundamental rights, political law, single market law, financial markets law as well as litigation before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Previously, Dr. Rainer Hable was a Member of the Austrian Parliament, where he served as a Member of the National Security Council and group spokesperson in the parliamentary committees on EU affairs, budget, finance, and European Stability Mechanism. Furthermore, he served as a parliamentary group leader on the ad hoc Hypo Inquiry Committee, the longest-running inquiry in Parliament’s history. He also successfully initiated the repeal of the Hypo Special Act by the Constitutional Court, a rare case of a law appealed by Parliament.
Before entering politics, Dr. Hable practised law in the Vienna office of a leading international law firm and clerked with the Vienna Court of Appeals. In Brussels, he clerked with the EU Secretary-General overseeing the Commission’s relations to the EU Parliamentary committee on industry, research, and energy. In London, he advised government ministers at the UK Department for Transport and taught public finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At the University of Linz, he researched on financial relations of federal states and acted as consultant to the regional government.
Rainer Hable studied law as well as economic sciences earning a Doctorate in Law from the University of Linz and a Master of Science in Public Financial Policy from the LSE. He is a recipient of the Postgraduate Fellowship from the Ministry of Science and the Johannes Kepler International Fellowship awarded for his studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At the LSE he received a Merit for his Master’s thesis on the link between government and macroeconomic performance. At the Johannes Kepler University Law School he earned an overall Distinction for his PhD studies. He is also a graduate of the Academy of European Law in Florence.
Upon graduation from grammar school majoring in languages and geography, Rainer Hable completed a one-year officer training in the army. He remains on active duty as a reserve officer and infantry platoon commander to date.