What is happening at the Law School? Current Events and news

New Full Professor of Criminal Law

Prof. Dr. Nora Markwalder assumed the role of Full Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminology on 1 August 2023. We congratulate her warmly on her new position and we're looking forward to excellent collaboration in the coming years.

New Max-Schmidheiny-Foundation Visiting Professor Autumn Semester 2023

From University of Surrey Business School: Prof. Annabelle Gawer, visiting professor for Digital Business Strategy.

New Visiting Professors Autumn Semester 2022

  • From the University of São Paulo: Prof. Dr. Luis Eduardo Schoueri, visiting professor of International Tax Law.
  • From the University of São Paulo (Insper): Prof. Mariana Chies-Santos PhD, visiting professor of Sociology of Law and Criminology.

New Dean

Prof. Dr. Peter Hettich took over the deanship on 1 February 2023. Prof. Dr. Isabelle Wildhaber is his deputy. We wish both of them much success in their new roles.

New Assistant Professor

Dr. Raphaela Cueni will start as Assistant Professor of Administrative Law on 3 May 2022. Warm welcome, we look forward to working with you.

New Max-Schmidheiny-Foundation Visiting Professor Spring Semester 2023

From University of Central Florida: Prof. James Bacchus, visiting professor for International Trade Law & Policy.

Mourning for Daniel Hürlimann

The Law School of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) sadly mourns the passing of

Prof. Dr. Daniel Hürlimann


Obituary D. Hürlimann

New Assistant Professor

Dr. Valentin Jentsch started as Assistant Professor of Corporate Law on 3 May 2022. Warm welcome, we look forward to working with you.

New Associate Professor

Prof. Dr. Nina Reiser started as Associate Professor of Financial Markets Law on 1 August 2022. Warm welcome, we look forward to working with you.

New Lemann-Foundation Visiting Professor Fall Semester 2022

From Insper Institute for Education and Research, São Paulo: Prof. Rafael Bellem de Lima, visiting professor for Comparative Constitutional Reasoning.

New Max-Schmidheiny-Foundation Visiting Professor Fall Semester 2022

From INSEAD The Business School for the World Fontainebleau: Prof. Nathan Furr, visiting professor for Strategy and Entrepenership.

New Visiting Professors Fall Semester 2022

  • From the University of Vienna: Prof. Andreas Schloenhardt, visiting professor of Law.
  • From the University of Melbourne: Prof. Margaret Young, visiting professor of International Environmental Law.

Multiple achievements by the University of St. Gallen at the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna, April 2022

Multiple achievements by the University of St. Gallen at the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna, April 2022

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court is an international legal competition where a fictional commercial dispute is simulated before an arbitral tribunal. In this year’s rendition, 365 teams from across the world took part. After a number of successful Pre-Moots throughout the spring, the team of the University of St. Gallen, as the only Swiss university, managed to once more proceed to the Round of Best 16. In addition, the team also secured an Honorable Mention for the Memorandum for Respondent while Damian Wyss (MLaw) was also recognized as among the best individual oralists. The team thereby continues a legacy of success at the Willem C. Vis Moot.

The Law School warmly congratulates the team on this great achievement.

2nd place for Swiss Moot Court

2nd place for Swiss Moot Court

We are proud to announce that a team of the Law & Economics students Luzia Bremi, Danielle Hefti, Philipp Kessler und Raphael Wüthrich represented the University of St. Gallen at this year’s edition of the Swiss Moot Court and made 2nd place. At this year’s edition of the Swiss Moot Court, the participants had to solve a complex inheritance law case. With their written papers submitted in November, the team of the University of St. Gallen qualified for the oral round in mid-February, where the 12 best teams from all over Switzerland were allowed to plead against each other. Due to their their outstanding pleading performance in German and French they then succeeded to get into the finals, where they came in 2nd place. We congratulate the team for their great performance.

Successful participation at the International Moot Court in International Criminal Law 2021

This spring 2021, a team from the HSG again successfully participated at the "International Criminal Court Moot Court". The ICC Moot Court is an international student competition in international criminal law organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, in which a fictitious case before the International Criminal Court in The Hague has to be dealt with in various roles (prosecution, defence, government) in briefs and oral pleadings. The team, which included students Chiara Iten, Martin Bader, Basil Schaller, Kevin Caratsch and Jael Steiger, was supervised by the Chair of International and European Law (Prof. Fassbender); This year's Moot Court assistant was Isabel Wolf. Out of a total of 95 participating teams from all over the world, the HSG team reached 28th place, unfortunately missing out on the quarter-finals of the competition by just one place. More information about the course of the competition can be found in the team's progress report 2021. The chair will also participate at the next competition.

New Adjunct Professor

PD Dr. Daniel Häusermann has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Private Law and Business Law as of 1 August 2021.

New Office Manager

As of July 1, Sonja Beti takes over from Anita Samyn. A warm welcome to our new office manager.

Stefano Rodotà Award 2021

The Winner of the Stefano Rodotà Award 2021 is Gabriel Kasper for his work on "People analytics in private-law employment relationships - Proposals for a more effective enforcement of data protection law". Our sincere congratulations go to Gabriel Kasper but also to his doctoral supervisor Isabelle Wildhaber, FAA-HSG.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court is a contest where a fictional commercial dispute is heard by an arbitral tribunal. It represents the largest international legal competition with over 390 participating universities. After the final oral rounds in Vienna had to be cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this year's competition was conducted virtually. In the 27th edition of the Vis Moot Court, the team from the University of St.Gallen was able to advance to the round of the best 16 teams out of 240 participating universities. This is not only the best performance among the Swiss teams, but also a new record for the University of St.Gallen.

The Law School congratulates the team on this achievement despite the unusual conditions.

New law journal "ex ante"

Assistants at the Law School published the first edition of the journal "ex ante" in July 2016. This journal for young legal academics in Switzerland is successor to the "Schriftenreihe der Assistierenden der Universität St.Gallen", which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2015. "ex ante" is a platform for young legal academics to publish their research findings, ideas and interests. The journal will carry on the traditions of the original series of publications. More information about the original series and the journal is available here.

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