Foto Bernhard Rütsche

Professor of Public Law and Philosphy of Law

Dr. iur., attorney at law

T +41 41 229 53 69

Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.B10


since Aug. 2020
President of the "Maturitätskommission" (High School Diploma Commission) of the canton of Lucerne

from Aug. 2019 till July 2020
Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Law School, University of Stanford, California 

since 2018
Consultant at Kaufmann Rüedi Rechtsanwälte AG, Luzern

from August 2015 till July 2019
Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lucerne

since 2015
Consultant at Poledna RC AG, Zürich

since 2014
Member of the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK)

since 2012
Member of expertsanté

since 2011
Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Law & Health at the University of Lucerne

since 2010
Professor of Public Law and Philosophy of Law at the University of Lucerne

2009 - 2010
SNSF Professor at the University of Zurich. Director of a research project in biomedical law

Post-doctoral degree at the University of Zurich with a thesis entitled Rechte von Ungeborenen auf Leben [The right of the unborn child to life and integrity], venia legendi for public law and philosophy of law

2002 - 2009
Academic employee in the Federal Office of Justice where he supervised legislative projects in public commercial law (telecommunications law, postal law, and energy law), health law (human research and reproductive health law), and asylum and immigration law

2002 - 2004
Senior teaching and research assistant at the Institute for Public Law at the University of Berne

Completed a doctorate (Dr. iur.) with a dissertation on Rechtsfolgen von Grundrechtsverletzungen [The legal consequences of infringements of constitutional rights], awarded the Professor Walther Hug Prize

1997 - 2002
Academic assistant at the Institute for Public Law at the University of Bern 

1991 - 1997
Studied law at the Universities of Berne and Lausanne (lawyer)


Main research areas

  • General administrative law
  • Public health law and medical law
  • Public commercial law
  • Public procedural law
  • Methodology of law
  • Bio and medical ethics
  • Political philosophy


Research projects

Completed projects

  • SNF-Forschungsprojekt "Prinzipien des Biomedizinrechts. Grundlagen für eine Konsensfindung auf internationaler Ebene"
  • SNF-Forschungsprojekt "Aktuelle Rechtsfragen zur Entwicklung von Arzneimitteln"
  • SNF-Forschungsprojekt "Regulierung von Entscheidungen am Lebensende in Kliniken und Heimen: Menschenrechtliche Massstäbe und verwaltungsrechtliche Instrumente"​​​​​​​