Looking forwards to speaking at the Conference ” Sustainable Natural Resources Governance in the SDGs Era – Responsibilities of States and Investors (Lugano, 12/3) — International Law Association – Swiss Branch

The USI Institute of Law (IDUSI) organises a seminar – Thursday 12 March, from 1.30 pm in the Aula Magna (USI, Lugano campus) – to discuss the responsibilities of States and investors for the sustainable use of natural resources. The event will be held in the context of the 7th meeting of the Committee of […]

Invitation: Sustainable Natural Resources Governance in the SDGs Era Responsibilities of States and Investors (Lugano, 12/3) — International Law Association – Swiss Branch


The LL.M. International Business Law , organises a Conference on SOCIAL LICENSE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES at the University of Lausanne on 27 March 2020.

I co-organise this event and am looking forwards to chairing a session on Consultation and Social License.

More: https://www.unil.ch/llm/home/menuinst/cooperations-1.html

Conference on SOCIAL LICENSE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES, (Lausanne, 27/3/20) — International Law Association – Swiss Branch

Invitation: International Trade and Investment Law and Green Industrial Policy (Lausanne, 6/3)

Invitation: International Trade and Investment Law and Green Industrial Policy

In the framework of the Course “International Economic Law” (LLM Programme in International Business Law) by taught by Professor Andreas R Ziegler, Dr Elena Cima, Lecturer at the University of Geneva will deliver a presentation on “International Trade and Investment Law and Green Industrial Policy”. Everybody is welcome.

Elena Cima is currently Research and Teaching Fellow at ISE-GEDT (UNIGE). She holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Milan, and an LL.M degree from Yale Law School.

Her PhD thesis analyses the way in which international law deals with the trade and environment nexus. It does so exploring how the relationship between international trade and environmental norms has evolved over time, from their origin up to the most recent developments in terms of treaty negotiations, dispute settlement, and soft law instruments, both at the international and regional level. Through this analysis, it further explores the reasons underlying such evolution as well as its relevance and impact.


Happy to announce the publication by my former PhD student of her thesis on the Declaration of the Source of Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge

Horber, Csilla ­ La déclaration de la source dans les demandes de brevets en droit suisse et international ­
L’obligation de déclarer la source des ressources génétiques et des savoirs traditionnels associés dans les demandes de brevets applicables aux inventions biotechnologiques ­ ­ Cet ouvrage est dédié spécifiquement à la déclaration de la source des ressources génétiques et des savoirs traditionnels associés dans les demandes… ­ année: reliure: pages: prix: 2020 broché 562 CHF 78.00 ­
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On 9 February Switzerland has the chance to reduce hate crimes by punishing hate speech

Le 9 février 2020, nous votons sur l’extension de la norme anti-raciste au critère de l’orientation sexuelle. Il s’agit d’obtenir une protection des lesbiennes, gays et bisexuel*le*s contre la haine, le dénigrement et la discrimination.

Am 9. Februar 2020 stimmen wir über die Erweiterung der Anti-Rassismusstrafnorm um die sexuelle Orientierung ab. Es geht darum, dass Lesben, Schwule und Bisexuelle einen Schutz vor Hass, Hetze und Diskriminierung erhalten.


Board Meeting of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) at KU Leuven

As First Vice President I participated in a Board Meeting of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) at KU Leuven. This is the place where the association was founded in 1995, ie 25 years ago. This anniversary will be celebrated at this Year’s Annual General Meeting at the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw from 22-24 April 2020.

The second picture from the left above the group shows the Founding President, Professor Frans Vanistendael – at that time Dean of KU Leuven.

Just published: European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL) 2019

Just published: European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL) 2019 (edited by Andreas R Ziegler (UNIL) / Marc Bungenberg, Markus Krajewski, Christian Tams, Jörg Terhechte)

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Volume 10 of the EYIEL focusses on the relationship between transnational labour law and international economic law on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). As one of the oldest UN Agencies, the ILO has achieved considerable progress with respect to labour rights and conditions. The contributions to EYIEL Volume 10 assess these achievements in light of current and future challenges. The ILO’s core instruments and legal documents are analysed and similarly the impact labour standards have on trade and investment agreements. 

In its regional section, EYIEL 10 addresses recent developments in the US and the EU, including the US’ trade policy strategy towards China as well as the reform of the NAFTA. In its part on institutions, EYIEL 10 focusses inter alia on the role of the rule of law in relation to current practices of the International Monetary Fund and of the WTO’s Appellate Body as an international court. Furthermore, it provides an overview of current cases before the WTO. Finally, the volume entails a section with review essays on recently published books in the field of international economic law and international investment law.


Register now for the CAS “Regulation of Global Sport” (including my course on “Human rights in global sport” on 11 June 2020)

Neighbouring so many global sport organisations and situated in the “Olympic Capital City”, the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne proposes with partners from 2020, a new executive education certificate in the Regulation of Global sport.

In the 20th century sport has evolved from a passion for a few gentlemen to a global phenomenon involving millions of men and women as practitioners, spectators and/or consumers. In the 21st century sport is fully globalised and requires ever increasing amount of regulation that is both progressive and adaptable.

Domestic (hard) laws are to be considered alongside transnational sporting rules (soft laws). Challenges of global sport such as integrity, credibility and sustainability require the close cooperation of many stakeholders: national and international sports organisations, the local, national and international public sector, NGOs, and commercial entities (sponsors, broadcasters, network providers, event organisers). The ecosystem of global sport is more and more complex and requires a good understanding of its legal and geopolitical dimensions, as well as the multi-faceted challenges it faces.

This new certificate is organised around three consecutive modules, each under the responsibility of one of the schools of the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne:

  • The ecosystem of global sport
  • Laws of global sport
  • Challenges in global sport

Each module is composed of six full days of teaching under the responsibility of a UNIL professor who can invite guest lecturers and lead group work activities. The teaching is in English. Participants are encouraged to study and present at the end of the course a case of global sport regulation in order to obtain the certificate of advanced studies attached to the course.


  • to know the different global sport stakeholders, their autonomy and their network governance, and the ecosystem in which they take part
  • to understand the global sporting regulations based on domestic, European and international (hard) laws, and/or transnational sporting rules (soft laws),
  • to reflect upon the possible evolution of global sport regulations thanks to the models and current issues presented in the course.

Teaching methods

Each teaching day will be devoted to a precise theme. Participants will be asked to make presentations during classes and to prepare for these course days by reading selected texts. Group work is also planned as a part of each teaching day.

Target audience

The programme is intended for participants who have a first university degree in a relevant field, or who manage (units of) global sport organisations and are faced with the challenges of global sport involving domestic (hard) laws and transnational sporting codes (soft laws). The CAS ReGS prepares its participants to become highly skilled experts and managers of global sport in multinational companies, international organisations, law firms, courts, NGOs and academia. A few seats are reserved for university graduates in career transition with relevant profiles and foreign participants who follow the Master in International Business Law.


Module 1
Day 106.02.20The stakeholders of global sport
Day 207.02.20The autonomy and governance of global sport
Day 320.02.20The social responsibility of global sport
Day 421.02.20The regulation of global pro sport
Day 505.03.20The global anti-doping regime and actors
Day 606.03.20Anti-doping regulation
Module 2
Day 712.03.20(Swiss) association law and global sport
Day 813.03.20European law, competition law and global sport
Day 902.04.20Arbitration law and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
Day 1003.04.20Sports arbitration: practice and procedure of the CAS
Day 1123.04.20Sport contracts: employment and transfers of players
Day 1224.04.20Sport contracts: sponsoring/broadcasting/organising
Module 3
Day 1307.05.20Integrity and corruption in global sport
Day 1408.05.20Intelligence and investigation in global sport
Day 1528.05.20Criminal law and global sport
Day 1629.05.20Forensic analyses in global sport
Day 1711.06.20Human rights in global sport
Day 1812.06.20Taxation and data protection in global sport
Day 1926.06.20Oral presentation of a regulation of global sport case proposed by the scientific committee

More: https://www.unil.ch/idheap/casregs

New Article: Andreas R. Ziegler, Der völkerrechtliche Status der Schweiz

New article (in German): Ziegler Andreas R, 2019/12/31. Der völkerrechtliche Status der Schweiz, in: Schweizerische Zeitschrift für internationales und europäisches Recht (SZIER, hrsg. von der Schweizerischen Vereinigung für internationales Recht), 2019 (4) pp. 549-580. Peer-reviewed.