Faculté de droit

Introduction to Swiss Law

The new semester course "Introduction to Swiss Law" introduces the students to key aspects of Swiss Law (including the role of Public International Law and European Law in Switzerland).

The course consists of the following seven modules which are taught by the respective specialists:

  • Survey Class (Prof. Epiney/Stöckli)
  • Swiss Public Law (Prof. Hänni)
  • Swiss Civil Code (Prof. Pichonnaz)
  • Swiss Contract and Tort Law (Prof. Probst/Werro)
  • Swiss Criminal Law (Prof. Niggli/Fiolka)
  • International Law in the Swiss Legal Order (Prof. Besson)
  • Switzerland and the European Union (Prof. Epiney)

In order to give you a chance to follow the "Blockkurse"/"Cours blocs" in weeks 1-3 of the semester, the course will start in the fourth week of the fall semester. It will from then take place every Monday from 3:15pm to 6pm.

NB: Please note that the course is exclusively open to exchange students at the University of Fribourg (regular students are not admitted to this course).


  • Students gain insight into the most important areas of Swiss Law
  • Students learn about the main sources of law (enacted law and decisions of the Federal Supreme Court)
  • Students learn about specifities of Swiss Law in comparison to foreign legislations
  • The acquired knowledge enables students to critically compare and contrast rules of substantive Swiss Law with the law of their home countries


Will follow shortly.


Documentation will be made available in the respective course on the platform "moodle2".


Epiney Astrid
Stöckli Hubert

Langue: en
Cursus: Master
ECTS: 5.00
Semestre(s): SA 2013

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