Germann, Christophe

Attorney at Law

, Switzerland


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2006/2007

Ph.D. Institution

University of Berne, Switzerland


As a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence I shall further develop my core research in the area of trade related cultural diversity law and policies.
I lecture on international intellectual property laws and policies at the Institute for European and International Economic Public Law of the University of Berne Law School. Since October 2005, I am also acting on a part time basis  as alternate leader of the research project on international trade regulations addressing special and differential treatment, variable geometry and regionalism in the framework of the Swiss National Science Foundation’s programme “National Centres of Competence in Research” (NCCR) at the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Berne.
I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Berne. My doctoral thesis focused on cultural diversity and international trade from the perspective of intellectual property, competition, trade and culture laws and policies. I am also an attorney at law admitted to the bar of Geneva and authorized to practise in Switzerland and in the European Union. I set up my own law firm in March 2000 after having worked as an associate of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie (Geneva office) for four years. I earned my bar admission (“Fähigkeitszeugnis für den Rechtsanwaltsberuf”) in Zurich. In 2000, I earned a Master in European Studies (“Diplôme d’Etudes Appronfondies” DEA) at the European Institute of the University of Geneva. I obtained the diploma "Licentiatus iuris" at the University of Geneva.
I also gained professional experience as a free-lance journalist for several daily newspapers and was engaged as a producer of experimental films (most recent film: “Colza Klo”, broadcast on the Swiss television channel, SF DRS, in September 2004.

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