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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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CBDC Research Forum Berne

On the 19th of November, the Institute for Civil Law, together with the Department of Economics, organized the “CBDC Research Forum Bern”, bringing together national and international researchers and practitioners. The event was held under Chatham House rule and virtually connected 30 participants from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Italy for talks and discussion.
With the increasing acceptance and usability of virtual currencies, central banks and state actors began to explore and adopt emerging solutions to further digitize financial markets. After China, for example, tested a first prototype of a Central Bank Digital Currency
(CBDC) in practice, the European Central Bank also presented plans to introduce a digital Euro to the public. Similarly, the SNB in cooperation with SIX has been exploring and evaluating DLTs as an alternative CBDC and settlement infrastructure since 2019.
Talks and discussions provided insights into practical developments, case studies and empirical research into emerging CBDC systems.
Furthermore, implications from a financial market, supervisory and civil law perspective were discussed in detail.
Speakers: Raphael Auer (Keynote, BIS), Nino Landerer (SNB), Jonas Groß (University of Bayreuth), Aurelia Brine (University of Marburg), Corinne Zellweger-Gutknecht (Basel University), Marco Dell’Erba (University of Zurich), Simon Hess (University of Salzburg) and Christoph Kreiterling (BAFIN).


Skilex in Mürren with Lord Jonathan Mance and Lady Mary Arden from the UK Supreme Court

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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