Courses Open to the Public

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Some of the courses taught in the LL.M. are individually accessible to practitioners who wish to further develop their expertise.


The taught courses are generally delivered over two days.


Fees CHF 700.-

Lawyers in training (avocats-stagiaires) CHF 350.-

Students CHF 250.-

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If you are interested, please contact for further information:

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All courses offered in person are also projected via Zoom for participants who are unable to attend in person




Download the LLM Open Courses brochure for the Fall Semester 2020


Financial Contracts & Financial Regulation 22-23 Oct. & 4-5 Nov. 2020

Financial contracts form the backbone of the financial system. In this course, taught by Professor Matthias Lehmann*, students will familiarise themselves not only with run-of-the-mill products like bonds and syndicated loans, but also with more exotic offerings, in particular structured products, such as asset-backed securities (ABS) or collateralised debt obligations (CDOs) and the myriad of derivatives, e.g. interest rate and credit-default swaps (CDS) or contracts for differences (CFD). The role that these instruments played during the last global financial crisis and the regulatory reactions they triggered will be analysed. Topics of study include the obligation to trade derivatives on exchanges, to centrally clear them and report trades, as well as the regulation of commodity swaps, the introduction of production intervention powers and the control and liability of rating agencies. At the end of the class, students will be knowledgeable both about the contract practice of operators in the financial industry and about the regulatory framework by which they must abide.


* Professor Matthias Lehmann is Director of the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law at the University of Bonn. He has studied in Jena, Paris and New York. He holds two doctoral degrees, one from the University of Jena and one from Columbia University, and has written a habilitation (second thesis) at the University of Bayreuth. His main areas of interest are conflicts of laws and jurisdictions, arbitration, European private law as well as banking and financial law. Professor Lehmann has extensively published in German, English, French and Spanish. He is also regularly acting as visiting professor at the Université de Bordeaux, the Université de Fribourg and the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville.





Business & Climate Change 29-30 Oct. 2020

It is difficult to imagine any solution to climate change without involving businesses. This course, taught by Mr. Laurent Develle*, aims at preparing law & business students, future business leaders, lawyers, lawmakers and entrepreneurs for an understanding of how business can navigate through this new and constantly changing climate change legal and regulatory paradigm, but also how sustainability challenges open up new sources of potential solutions and innovation, economic opportunities and social development, for example in the renewable energy, commodities & food industries, but also in the rapidly growing oceans-related economy. Students will be exposed to unconventional thinking beyond business-as-usual and will explore perspectives and practical experiences gained in the “battle field”, which redefine business strategies as being driven by sustainability challenges.


The course will also provide the students with legal knowledge and expertise, including innovative concepts, new legal climate justice trends, legal and impact financing tools for tackling global issues, new corporate mission-driven business models, etc., to becoming impactful leaders, lawyers and entrepreneurs committed to making a difference, and thereby enhancing their career opportunities. 


*Laurent Develle is an international business lawyer with in-depth expertise in the legal, transactional, regulatory, impact financing, compliance and governance aspects of corporate sustainable development topics. He  advises businesses, executive teams and boards of directors, particularly in the fields of energy & renewables, sustainable transportation, commodities & shipping, as well as food, fishing and agriculture value chains. With 20+ years of legal and compliance experience across continents, including over 12 years spent working in Asia, as well as a dual background in leading US/UK law firms (equity partner responsible for M&A and Environmental Asian Desks) and as Group General Counsel in various industries and governance environments, he teaches this course with cross-cultural sensitivities and takes a practical and business-like approach to issues at stake. Going beyond a strict lawyer’s approach, he believes in the benefits of a transdisciplinary approach to resolve the current sustainability challenges and the opportunities of innovation, for example in the rapidly growing field of oceans conservation and sustainable use “Blue Economy”, a field in which he is actively involved as a legal expert at the IUCN, an advisor at Boston-based BlueTech incubator Sea-Ahead and a speaker at various international conferences.





International Banking Regulations 12 & 19 Nov. 2020

This course, taught by Professor Carlo Lombardini*, will deal with the main aspects of banking regulation and supervision. These include the organisation and governance of banks and banking groups, their supervision, their resolution and AML regulation. The main risks that banks have to face will be presented. The course will present not only theoretical issues but also practical examples.


*Attorney-at-law in Geneva and a partner with the firm Poncet Turrettini, Carlo Lombardini is a reputed expert of banking law; he is an advisor to banks and other financial institutions. He represents in them in regulatory, criminal and civil law matters. Carlo Lombardini is also an associate Professor at the Law School of the University of Lausanne; he teaches banking law to the Master of Law Students (Law Faculty and Business and Economics Faculty) and advanced legal methodology (Law Faculty, Bachelor programme 3rd year) He has published extensively in the field of banking law and has extensive experience as a board member of banks.





International Company Law 20 & 27 Nov. 2020

This course, taught by Professor Edgar Philippin*, will focus on practical aspects of cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, in particular on selected difficulties of contract drafting for prevention of post-transaction disputes. Examples (essentially based on the acquisition of a Swiss target by a foreign purchaser) will be analysed in light of the relevant principles of contract and corporate law. Relocation of the seat of a corporation (from and to Switzerland) will also be examined.


*Edgar Philippin teaches mergers, acquisitions and public tender offers, as well as general principles of private law at the University of Lausanne. As a practitioner, he regularly assists Swiss and foreign entities in the structuring of international corporate transactions. He is a member of the Swiss Lawyers Society (SSJ), the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI). Edgar Philippin graduated with a law degree and a doctorate from the University of Lausanne, where he worked as an assistant to Prof. François Dessemontet in the field of copyright law from 1996 to 1999, before joining Carrard & Associés. In 2002, he worked for O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.






International Competition Law 26 Nov. & 3 Dec. 2020

This course, taught by Professor Damiano Canapa* and Professor Peter Georg Picht*, provides students with an overview of the regulation that governs business practices in order to avoid restrictions of competition. After an introduction to the functions of competition law, the teaching goes over the concepts of market definition, the assessment of market power, the agreements that prevent, restrict, or distort competition, the abuse of a dominant position, the merger control procedure and the regulation of state aid. Though European Union Law serves as a basis for the analysis, the necessary links and differences in relation to Swiss Law are also assessed. In sum, this class demonstrates how competition law can restrain anticompetitive activities and promote free competition.


Early registration is encouraged, as the Q & A sessions on December 3rd with Professors Damiano Canapa and Peter Georg Picht will be devoted to questions relating to reading materials and video presentations already disseminated.


*Damiano Canapa is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of Lausanne and the Director of the CEDIDAC. His research interests include Swiss and European Corporate Law and Competition Law. Damiano Canapa studied law at the Universities of Lausanne and Bern, at the College of Europe, Bruges (LL.M.), and at Yale Law School (LL.M.). He received his doctorate from the University of Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann on "Trademarks and Brands in Merger Control: An Analysis of the European and Swiss Legal Orders".


*Peter Georg Picht studied law at Munich University and Yale Law School, completed his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) at Munich University/the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, and holds a masters degree from Yale Law School. He has been working, inter alia, with the EU Commission’s DG for Competition, as a Senior Research Fellow with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, as well as with two international law firms. Prof. Picht now holds a chair for Commercial Law at the University of Zurich and is head of the University’s Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (CIPCO).






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