Short CV/Education and training

  • 1970 – 1976
    Studied law at the Universities of Tübingen, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Freiburg, Germany; UC Berkeley, USA

  • 1975
    First state examination in law

  • 1977 – 1987
    Lecturer and senior lecturer at the University of Freiburg

  • 1980
    Second state examination in law

  • 1987
    Offers of professorships at Mainz University and the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1987 – 1989
    Professor at Mainz University

  • Since 1989
    Full professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland

  • Since 2010
    Adjunct professor at City University of Hong Kong

Selected publications

  • Schwenzer, I.: Familienrechtskommentar Scheidung. Bern, 2011.

  • Schwenzer, I.: Familie und Recht. Bern, 2010.

  • Schlechtriem, P., Schwenzer, I.: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Oxford, 2010.

  • Schwenzer, I.: Schweizerisches Obligationenrecht, Allgemeiner Teil. Bern, 2009.

  • Schwenzer, I.: Internationale Adoption. Bern, 2009.

  • Schlechtriem, P., Schwenzer, I.: Kommentar zum Einheitlichen UN-Kaufrecht – CISG -. Munich, 2008.

  • Schwenzer, I.: International Sales Law. London, New York, 2007.

  • Schwenzer, I.: Tensions Between Legal, Biological and Social Conceptions of Parentage. Antwerp, Oxford, 2007.

  • Schwenzer, I.: Model Family Code. Antwerp, Oxford, 2006.

  • Schwenzer, I.: The Application of the CISG in Light of National Law. In: Internationales Handelsrecht 2010. pp. 45-56.

  • Schwenzer, I.: The CISG – Successes and Pitfalls. In: The American Journal of Comparative Law 57, 2009. pp. 457-478.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the organising body for the research training group "Representation, Materiality and Gender: Present and historical transformations of gender relations, since 2009

  • Full member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, since 2008

  • Member of the organising body for the "Gender in Motion" research training group, University of Basel, Switzerland, since 2005

  • Deputy chairperson of the standing deputation of the Association of German Jurists, since 2004

  • Member of the International Sales Convention Advisory Council (CISG-AC), since 2003

  • Founding member and president of the Centre for Family Studies, since 2003

  • Member of the organising body for the "Gender Studies" research training group, University of Basel, 2002 – 2005

  • Member of the expert group of the Commission on European Family Law, since 2001

  • Member of the steering committee for National Research Programme 52 "Childhood, Adolescence and Generational Relations in Societal Metamorphosis", 2001 – 2005

  • Member of the standing deputation of the Association of German Jurists, since 2000

  • Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, since 2000

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate and grants committee for research training groups, 2000 – 2003

  • Member of the executive committee of the German Civil Law Teachers' Association, 1999 – 2005

  • Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Basel, 1999 – 2000

  • President of the Interfaculty Commission for the "Europa Institut" Centre for European and International Studies, Basel, 1996 – 1999

  • Consultant to the Russian government in drafting a civil code (obligations law, general part), 1994

  • Chairperson of the Private Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Basel, 1993 – 2000

  • Member of the foundation council of the Europainstitute Basel Foundation, 1993 – 1998

  • Founding member and vice president of the Europainstitute Basel Society, 1992 – 1999

  • Member of the bar examinations commission of the Basel-Landschaft Canton, Switzerland, since 1991

  • Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Basel, 1991 – 1992

  • Member of the council of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (1993 – 2005 member of the council committee), since 1990

  • Member of the Swiss National Science Foundation expert commission for National Research Programme 35 "Women in law and society – The way to equality", 1990 – 1999; president since 1992

  • Member of the regency of the University of Basel, 1989 – 1996

Additional qualifications

  • Visiting professor in Paris (2008), Wellington (2009), Chicago (2010), Hong Kong (2010)


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