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





The Law of Climate Change 28 & 29 October 2021


This course, taught by Professor Lawrence Watters, examines the concepts and principles in the Law of Climate Change. The international framework, in agreements, conventions and governance, is explored with the focus on major challenges and priorities. This encompasses commitments, emissions trading, funding, information disclosure, litigation, monitoring, taxes, the social cost of carbon, traditional regulation, transparency, verification and emerging issues in environmental justice. This global foundation is developed further with analysis of regional approaches, including Europe (the EU), and national approaches, primarily Asia (China) and North America (U.S.), as part of understanding implementation, in concert with critical assessment and evaluation. Case studies are also used to further illuminate theory and practice, aspirations and achievements, based on authoritative sources of scholarship.


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Business and Climate Change 4 & 5 November 2021


It is difficult to imagine any solution to climate change without involving businesses. This course, taught by Mr. Laurent Develle, aims to prepare law & business students, future business leaders, lawyers, lawmakers and entrepreneurs for an understanding not only of how business can navigate through this new and constantly changing climate change legal and regulatory paradigm, but also of 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, and 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.


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Financial Contracts and Financial Regulation 18 November & 3 December 2021


Financial contracts form the backbone of the financial system. In this course, taught by Professors Matthias Lehmann and Hossein Nabilou, students will familiarise themselves not only with run-ofthe-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.


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International Banking Regulations 19 & 26 November 2021


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.


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International Competition Law 25 November & 2 December 2021


This course, taught by Professor Damiano Canapa, 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.


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The Common Law of Contracts 9-10 & 16-17 December 2021


In common law jurisdictions, contract law is primarily judge-made law. This course, taught by Professor Michael Ilg, will explore central topics in common law contract law through the study of leading cases, including classic decisions that are staples of legal education, as well as more recent cases that mark new directions in the law. Each contract law topic, ranging from contract formation to remedy for breach, will be addressed through selected leading cases. Each leading case will serve as a lesson in the development of the law, and a window into a particular historical and policy context. An important consideration for every leading case is what legal principle(s) it furthers, and how these principles appear under theoretical scrutiny. Students will also be encouraged to take a comparative view, and consider how different legal traditions might produce different approaches and/or outcomes than that of the common law.


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