Professor of Public and Economic Law

Prof. Dr. iur. • LL.M. (Duke) • attorney at law

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Frohburgstrasse 3, 6002 Luzern, Room 4.B18


Nicolas Diebold was appointed a lecturer at the University of Lucerne in 2012 and then full professor of Public Law and Economic Law in 2016. Before his appointment, he ran the Internal Market Competence Centre at the competition authorities in Bern, and previously worked as an antitrust lawyer at an international corporate law firm in Zurich. He became a Member of the Competition Commission in April 2018.

Nicolas Diebold was born in South Africa in 1978 and grew up in Baden, Switzerland. He studied law at the Universities of Geneva and Zurich (lic. iur. Geneva 2003) and received an LL.M. degree from Duke University in 2004 as a participant in the Geneva-Duke partnership programme. After qualifying as a lawyer in the canton of Aargau and in New York, he gained experience in international economic law as a stagiaire at the European Commission (DG Trade) in Brussels and at UNCITRAL in Vienna. Whilst completing his doctorate (PhD) he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, and spent a sabbatical year as a visiting scholar at Stanford University on an SNSF grant. In 2009, Nicolas gained his doctorate from the University of Bern with a thesis entitled ‘Non-Discrimination in International Trade in Services’, published by Cambridge University Press. His work was awarded the Paul Guggenheim Prize and the Professor Walther Hug Prize. He completed the ‘Habilitation’ postdoctoral qualification at the University of Lucerne in 2016 with a monograph entitled ‘Freizügigkeit im Mehrebenensystem’ (Free Movement and Multi-Level Governance). Whilst completing this qualification, Nicolas Diebold spent a sabbatical year as a visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh

Research Focus

Nicolas Diebold’s research specialisms lie in the following areas:

Constitutional economic law

Economic freedom right • Equality rights • Principle of economic freedom • Internal market principle

International economic law

WTO law • Bilateral free trade and investment protection agreements • Services trade and movement of persons • Switzerland-EU bilateral agreements • Federal law on technical barriers to trade • European economic law

Public economic law and competition law

Internal market law • Price control law • Procurement law • Antitrust law • Product safety law • Infrastructure law (electricity and gas, transport, telecommunications, post, waste disposal) • Law governing professional services

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