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





17-18 March 2022


This course, co-taught by Professor Matthias Lehmann and Emeric Prévost, introduces students to the legal and economic issues raised by financial technology (FinTech). Problems in dealing with disruptive innovations will be highlighted and answers sought. For example, new payment service providers, such as PayPal, operate from one or two jurisdictions and offer their services around the world. This model creates immense challenges for supervisors and regulators. The questions they are confronting are the possibility of applying regulatory standards extraterritoriality, the exchange of information with other nation's authorities and the deference to foreign standards. Even more complex issues arise from the emergence of cryptocurrencies, robo-advisors and crowdfunding platforms. These questions will be examined, as well as the evolving response of global regulatory coordination and cooperation.


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International Litigation Advanced 

31 March & 1 April 2022

This course, co-taught by Professors Andrea Bonomi and Eva Lein, is targeted toward professionals with sound knowledge in this area and to students who have already completed either the LL.M course in International Commercial Litigation or the CAS IBD Fundamentals course. The course relies on contributions by experienced litigators, including Ms Sandrine Giroud (LALIVE) and Mr Alexander Layton, QC (Twenty Essex, London); it addresses specialised problems arising in the practice of international disputes.

This year’s edition of the course will be devoted to problems related to the recognition and enforcement of civil judgments and interim measures, both in Switzerland and in selected foreign countries (Swiss PIL Act, Brussels Ia Regulation and Lugano Convention, English recognition system after Brexit). We will focus in particular on some specific grounds for refusal (indirect jurisdiction, defective service of process, substantial and procedural public policy), other obstacles to enforcement (state immunity, prescription), and the enforcement procedures.


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Practice of Philanthropy 

7-8 April 2022


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.


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International Arbitration Advanced 

12-13 May 2022


This course, co-taught by Professors Andrea Bonomi and Eva Lein, is targeted toward professionals with sound knowledge of this area and students who have already completed the LL.M. courses in International Commercial Arbitration or Investment Arbitration. The course addresses specialised problems arising in the practice of international arbitration.

This year’s edition of the course will be devoted to problems related to the conduct of arbitration proceedings (case management, terms of reference, procedural timetable, procedural orders, taking of evidence, expert witnesses, hearings, applicable rules of law, expedited procedures, confidentiality etc.), financing of arbitration, as well as selection and challenge of arbitrators. The course will include case discussions and relies on contributions by experienced counsel and arbitrators, including Messrs Pierre-Yves Gunter (Bär & Karrer) and Matthias Scherer (LALIVE), Dr. Elza Reymond-Eniaeva (Sedlex Avocats), Dr. Isabelle Fellrath and/or Daria Solenik (SwissLegal).


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Investment Arbitration 

2 & 3 June 2022


This course, taught by Professor Andreas R. Ziegler, provides an introduction to dispute settlement with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) and Multinational Enterprises (MNE). It focuses on the relevant topics in arbitral proceedings, in particular investor-State arbitration (definitions and coverage of important agreements, arbitral institutions, questions relating to the establishment and functioning of investor-State arbitral tribunals), such as contained in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multilateral initiatives, such as NAFTA Chapter 11 of the OECD's project for a Multilateral Investment Agreement (MAI). Particular emphasis is given to ICSID and the UNCITRAL Rules in the specific context of FDI. 


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Business Law and Litigation in Asia

23-24 June 2022

In a global marketplace where trade with Asian countries is increasing, basic knowledge of Asian Business Law is essential. This course, taught by Professor Yuko Nishitani, Mr Tomas Furlong (Herbert Smith Freehills) and Professor Edoardo Agamennone, covers the legal framework for doing business in Asia from an Asian comparative perspective. It also addresses the important question of how disputes are litigated or arbitrated in Asia. A special focus is placed on new dispute resolution centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore.


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