Foto Andreas Eicker

Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, International Criminal Law and Criminology

T +41 41 229 53 68 

Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.B24


Professor Andreas Eicker studied law at the University of Bremen, with a primary focus on criminal law. He completed his doctorate at the University of St. Gallen with a dissertation on Transstaatliche Strafverfolgung (transborder criminal prosecution). It dealt with the Europeanisation, internationalisation and development of the principle ofne bis in idem. He completed his post-doctoral lecture qualification at the University of Berne in 2009 with a thesis on Prozeduralisierung des Strafrechts (the proceduralisation of criminal law). His post-doctoral thesis dealt with the issues surrounding a paradigm shift in the control architecture of substantive criminal law.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Lucerne, Andreas Eicker was a representative of the Chair for Criminal Law at the University of St. Gallen and an assistant professor at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology (ISK), University of Berne. He also worked there as a lecturer at the School of Criminology, International Criminal Law and Psychology of Law (SCIP). Before beginning his academic career in Switzerland as an assistant at the University of St. Gallen, Andreas Eicker worked in research and teaching at the University of Bremen. During his time there he completed a research project investigating the reality of life in prison, for which he received an award from the Körber Foundation (Hamburg). He also served as a junior lawyer in Oldenburg Public Prosecutor’s Office and District Court. His other work took him to the Federal Constitutional Court and the German Embassy in Turkey. 


Research priorities

Prof. Andreas Eicker’s main research focuses relate to fundamental questions arising from the general and special sections of the Criminal Code; supplementary criminal law and administrative law; the fundamentals and principles of criminal procedure in a national and international context; questions of establishing procedures for substantive law; sport criminal law, in particular criminal measures for doping; criminal handling of assisted suicide and euthanasia; Swiss international criminal law; questions of the Europeanisation and internationalisation of criminal law; penal system development.

Main areas of research

  • Fundamental questions arising from the general and special sections of the Criminal Code
  • Supplementary and administrative criminal law
  • Fundamentals and principles of criminal procedure in a national and international context
  • Questions of establishing procedures for substantive criminal law




Journal Article

Book Section

Case Notes


Single lecture, talk, presentation at invitation

Awards, honours, prizes and scholarships/grants

Vested interests


  • Zentrum für Religionsverfassungsrecht, Member, Switzerland, 2020–
  • Senat der Universität Luzern, Member, Switzerland, 2019–
  • Erweiterte Universitätsleitung, Member, Switzerland, 2019–
  • Stiftung für Rechtsausbildung, Member, Switzerland, 2017–
  • Zentrum für Recht und Gesundheit (ZRG), Member, Switzerland
  • Deutsch-Türkische-Juristenvereinigung, Member, Germany, 2007–
  • Berner Forum für Kriminalwissenschaften BFK, Switzerland, 2009–2022
  • Wirtschaftsstrafrechtliche Vereinigung e.V., Member, Germany, 2009–2022
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband DHV, Member, Germany, 2008–2022
  • Deutsch-Argentinische-Juristenvereinigung, Member, Germany, 2007–2022

Functions and services for other Higher Educational Institutions or research organisations

  • Member of commission, Schweizerische Maturitätskommission (SMK), Eidgenössisches Departement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung (WBF), 2017–

Other responsibility

Professor Eicker fulfils the following functions in line with the university’s principle of self-governance:

  • Chairman of the Department of Criminal Law
  • President of the Evaluation and Teaching Committee at the School of Law
  • Teaching delegate for the Commission on Teaching and Learning (ULEKO)
  • Member of the board of examiners at the School of Law
  • Delegate for gender equality