Thank you for visiting our website. The Institute for Civil Law (Zivilistisches Seminar) is part of the Department of Private Law. It is the University of Bern's competence center for Swiss and European Private Law as well as for international laws and principles in the field of Private Law (e.g. UN Sales Convention or Incoterms). Faculty and staff focus on research and teaching in the field of Civil Law (Code of Obligations, Civil Code and ancillary statutes). The tenured professors of the Institute also head the Institute of Banking Law (Professor Susan Emmenegger), the Institute for Liability and Insurance Law (Professor Frédéric Krauskopf) and the Institute for Notary Law and Notarial practice (Professor Stephan Wolf). Furthermore, the Institute coaches students who take part in national and international moot court competitions such as the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
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We are proud to have participated as a team in the 30th Vis Moot. After intensive preparation and hard work in the written phase, we travelled to the pre‐moots in London, Copenhagen and Belgrade in the no less exciting oral phase before finally participating in the final in Vienna.
Participating in the Vis Moot offered us the unique opportunity to expand our international trade law skills and apply our knowledge in a globally competitive environment. We particularly enjoyed the interaction with outstanding law students from around the world, which led to a personal and professional broadening of our perspectives. Therefore, participation in the Vis Moot is an important milestone for us in our legal education.
Our heartfelt thanks go to our generous sponsors, the supervising lecturers, and everyone who accompanied us on our journey and allowed us to participate in the 30th Vis Moot.
INR Volume 24
Current issues in corporate law – A notary’s perspective
Edited by Prof. Dr. Stephan Wolf
Stämpfli Verlag AG, Bern 2018
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For the 16th time, a team from the University of Bern participated in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. This year, the University of Bern was represented by Patrick Gürtler, Alina Kuster, Lucas Nold, Annina Schmid, Margaretha Schulz and Michelle Stöckli. As the coronavirus was still present, the competition was held in a hybrid form.
The oral training phase started with the "Swiss Day", a trial round with all Swiss teams, where the Bernese team achieved a first success by placing third. In addition, the Bernese "Mooties" participated in two virtual "Pre-Moots" and, to everyone's great delight, were also able to travel to two on-site "Pre-Moots" and meet teams from all over the world. In virtual London and Helsinki as well as on site in Copenhagen and Belgrade, the "Mooties" pleaded, among others, against teams from Argentina, Denmark, India and Slovenia.
This year’s team continued the ongoing success of the preceding Bernese teams. The memorandum for claimant jointly written by the team reached the third place, winning the bronze medal. This in a competition among 365 teams from 84 countries. In addition, the memorandum for respondent received an honourable mention, with a total of only 18 of the submitted memoranda for respondent being awarded. This puts the Bernese team in the top 1.1 % of all teams regarding the memoranda for claimant and respondent! In short, a crowning conclusion to the Vis Moot Court adventure that the team can look back on for a long time.
Congratulations to the team and their coaches on their outstanding performance!
The Department for Gender Equality, in its portrait series, addresses the question 'What is excellence, really?'. Among the more than 50 portrayed women and men is Prof. Dr. med. Susan Emmenegger, in a double portrait with Prof. Dr. med. Axel Tschentscher. The two of them discuss their own career paths, the hurdles and good fortune and advise: 'Stick with it - it's worth it!'
From 10-13 January the Skilex took place in Mürren. The participants discussed with Lord Justice Baron Jonathan Mance and Lady Justice Mary Arden questions regarding the validity of No-Oral-Modification Clauses on the basis of a recent ruling by the UK Supreme Court.
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