Supervisory Council

Tasks of the Supervisory Council

(Article 7 of the Federal law on the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

1.    The Supervisory Council of the institute plans and defines broadly the activitiesof the institute and manages it.

2.    The Supervisory Council has responsability

  1. To define the research program of the institute;
  2. To make propositions to the supervisory authority for the endorsement of the budget, counts and annual report;
  3. To nominate the staff of the institute, except the director;
  4. To decide services and mandates for important researches;
  5. To maintain the relations of the institute with law faculties and legal sections, and also with other institutions and interested parties.

3.    The Federal Council rules precisely the roles of the members of the Supervisory Council of the institute and defines the capabilities of the Committee.

Composition of the Supervisory Council

(Article 6 of the Federal Law on the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law)

1.    The Supervisory Council is formed by:

  1. At least eleven representatives of the Confederation, among them representatives of the Federal Office of Justice, the Direction of the International Public Law, the Federal Court and Federal Institutes of Technology, and
  2. A representative of each law faculties of Swiss universities, Hochschule Saint-Gall, Swiss corporation of jurists and the canton where the headquarters are located.

2.    The Federal Council nominates the members of the Supervisory Council of the institute by the proposition of represented institutions and nominates the president.

3.    The Supervisory Council of the institute is elected for four years; a re-election is possible.

4.    The Supervisory Council of the institute creates a Committee managed by the president of the Supervisory Council. This Committee is formed by two representatives of the Confederation and two others members of the Supervisory Council.

Members of the Supervisory Council (2016-2019) by alphabetical order  

[*Members of the Supervisory Council]   

Président : Martin DUMERMUTH*, Directeur, OFJ

Représentants des Universités & Hautes Écoles 
•    Ruth ARNET, Professeure, Université de Zurich 
•    Andrea BONOMI, Professeur, Université de Lausanne 
•    Florence GUILLAUME , Professeure, Université de Neuchâtel 
•    Peter JUNG, Professeur, Université de Bâle  

•    Susan KILLIAS, Secrétaire générale, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne 
•    Peter V. KUNZ, Professeur, Université de Berne 
•    Karin MÜLLER, Professeure, Université de Lucerne 
•    Markus MÜLLER-CHEN, Professeur, Université de Saint Gall 
•    Franz WERRO*, Professeur, Université de Fribourg 
•    Bénédict WINIGER, Professeur, Université de Genève 

Représentants des administrations fédérale et cantonale 
•    Florence AUBRY GIRARDIN, Juge fédérale, Tribunal Fédéral 
•    Eric GOLAZ, Chef de service, Etat de Vaud 
•    Jürg LINDENMANN, Ambassadeur et directeur suppléant de la Direction DFAE 
•    Barbara RÜETSCHI, Suppléante, Administration fédérale des finances 
•    Gerhard M. SALADIN, Chef Législation, Département fédéral VBS 
•    Michael SCHOELL*, Vice-directeur, OFJ 
•    Karine SIEGWART, Vice-directrice, OFEV
•    Daniel ZIMMERMANN, Chef de service, OFC

Représentants du secteur privé 
•    Dominique BROWN-BERSET*, Avocate, Brown & Page Genève 

Scientific Council

In 2012, the management and the Board of the Institute decided to set up a Scientific Council for the purpose of advising on the strategy and choice of program of scientific activities for the SICL. 

Council members: 

Chair: Alexander Markus, Professor, University of Bern (CH) 
Vice President: Andreas Furrer, Professor, University of Lucerne (CH) 

Samantha Besson, Professor, University of Fribourg (CH)
Katharina Boele-Woelki, Professor, University of Ultrecht (NL) and Dean, Bucerius Law School (D)
Peter Breitschmid, Professor, University of Zurich (CH) 
Mauro Bussani, Professor, University of Trieste (I) Geneviève Schamps, Professor, Catholic University of Leuven (B) 
Petros C. Mavroidis, Professor, University of Neuchâtel (CH) and Columbia Law School (USA) 
Ulrich Magnus, Professor, University of Hamburg (D) 
Pierre Widmer, former Director of the SICL (CH) 
Corinne Widmer Lüchinger, Professor, University of Basel (CH)