The structure and duties of the Council of the Institute are regulated by the Federal Law of 28th September 2018 on the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (LISDC; RS425.1)
1 The Council is the supreme governing body of the institute.
2 It is composed of a maximum of 9 members, representing, notably, the fields of training and research, judicial authorities and the Federal Administration; one member represents the canton of the site of the institute.
3 The Federal Council appoints the members of the Council and designates the president.
4 The candidates to the Council must declare to the Federal Council their relevant professional interests.
5 The duration of the mandate is no more than four years. The Federal Council may renew a mandate twice. It can remove a member of the Council at any time for just cause.
6 The director of the institute attends meetings of the Council in a consultative capacity; other employees of the institute may also be called on to attend.
The Council has the following duties:
a. it oversees the implementation of the strategic objectives fixed by the Federal Council and reports back each year on their progress;
b. it plans and lays down in general terms the activities of the institute, and establishes the program of research and work;
c. it approves large-scale research projects submitted to it;
d. it takes all measures necessary to safeguard the interests of the institute and to foresee conflicts of interest;
e. it issues organisational rules;
f. it lays down rules on the acceptance of funds from third parties;
g. it establishes framework rules concerning the services provided;
h. it submits the annual report to the Federal Council for its approval, and proposes to it that it will take responsibility for it; the annual report accounts for the organisational and operational development of the institute and sets out any changes to the relevant interests of the members of the Council;
i. it decides on the appointment of the director, as well as the modification and termination of his or her contract; the appointment and termination are subject to approval of the Federal Council;
j. it decides, on the proposal of the director, on the appointment of other members of the management, as well as on the modification and termination of their contracts;
k. it establishes the acquisition policy of the library;
l. it oversees the institute’s management;
m. it ensures the implementation of appropriate systems of internal checks and risk management.
Members of the Council 2020-2023
President : Prof. Franz Werro, University of Fribourg
Dr. Florence Aubry Girardin, Federal Judge, Federal Supreme Court
Prof. Andrea Bonomi, University of Lausanne
Dominique Brown-Berset, Founding Partner, Brown&Page SA, Geneva
Dr. Martin Good, Indepedant Consultant, Fribourg
Dr. Konrad Sahlfeld, Expert, General Secretariat, FDJP
Prof. Markus Schefer, University of Basel