Mission, vision, strategy and objectives



The mission of the Swiss Institute of comparative law set out under article 3 of the Federal Law of 28 September 2018 on the Swiss institute of comparative law can be summarised as follows:

  • To provide independent and objective access to foreign law, in particular, to the Swiss administration and to courts, but equally to those from academia, lawyers, notaries as well as other private individuals.
  • To promote comparative and international law in Switzerland and to participate in the harmonisation of laws at the international level.

The Swiss Institute of comparative law is recognised at the international level as a centre of innovative competence, at the interface of comparative academic law and comparative law in practice. In Switzerland, it is a key partner of the Swiss administration and courts in relation to all questions of foreign law.

Strategy of SICL for the period 2015-2020

The Council of the Institute adopted, in June 2015, its strategy for scientific activities of the Institute between 2015 and 2020. The strategy identifies four fields of action: one internal, and the other three, putting forward approaches for external interaction.

These four fields of action are defined as follows:

“ 1) To increase internal efficiency, quality and cohesion by the creation of thematic focus points, while maintaining the versatility and individual specialisations of its staff. The key areas of focus for the period 2015-2020 are the following: comparative law (general theory and method), private international law, family and succession law, law and religion, law and communication, and business and human rights. The institute will ensure that the creation and use of synergies between the different activities and a systematic approach to knowledge management and sharing is put in place.

2) To increase the external visibility of the Institute by placing emphasis on the preparation and dissemination of publications.

3) To maintain and ensure political backing through an increase in the available services of interest to the public, including in particular, support to young researchers and the systematic availability of information for legal practice, notably with regard to the recognition of registered partnerships, transfers of companies, foreign successoral certificates and foreign criminal law.

4) To extend collaborations and partnerships and to establish a network in the field of comparative law.”

Finally, the strategy also acknowledges those areas of law that the Institute can no longer treat for reasons of efficiency and resources, notably tax law.