Practice of Philanthropy




The first day of this course, co-taught by Dr Jean-Philippe Krafft, Dr Benoît Merkt (Lenz & Staehelin), Mr Arnaud Apffel, and Dr Timothy Nielander, addresses recent trends and developments in the practice of philanthropy from a Swiss and American perspective. The legal framework and legal forms available for philanthropic projects will be discussed in addition to issues on the constitution, conduct and principles to be observed for donations and support. The course will also address regulatory and taxation issues from an international and comparative perspective and provide insights regarding financial management and investment strategy.






Jean-Philippe Krafft

Benoît Merkt

Arnaud Apffel

Timothy Nielander

Stéphane Brabant

*Laura Boscacci is a philanthropist and mother of two children - three if you include her husband, Rosario, an entrepreneur whose success and apparent seriousness hide a playful and humanist mind. Laura and Rosario love children (Rosario has three children from previous marriages) and in 2000, the two gave life to another baby, the AClem Foundation. The AClem Foundation has, as its purpose, the alleviation of suffering, whatever the cause, of the youngest and most vulnerable. Born in 1969, Laura speaks 5 languages and, with love as her driving force and humour as her safety valve, she consistently rushes, with resilience and warmth to the assistance of underprivileged children wherever they may be. She has a background in political science and holds two Master degrees, one in European Law and one in International Administration.  Laura has traveled extensively, particularly in Asia, while working in tourism and economic promotion. This work has strengthened her awareness of her own privileged life and of the importance of sharing.  


** Onno Ruhl is the first General Manager of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH). Mr Ruhl held positions in the World Bank, as Country Director for Nigeria, and more recently as Country Director for India. He has a longstanding reputation for driving organisational change, building partnerships, as well as experience in emergency response and natural disaster reconstruction. He frequently speaks at public events and in universities on a range of development topics. Mr Ruhl holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Amsterdam. He started his career in the Foreign Service of the Netherlands.



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3 ECTS credits


"Each year, the LL.M. Programme in International Business Law opens a handful of courses to the public. One of these courses, "Practice of Philanthropy" was sponsored in part by: 

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