Arthur Meier-Hayoz

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Arthur Meier- Hayoz (born June 2, 1922 in Zurich ; † June 24, 2003 in Meilen ; resident in Jonen , Langnau am Albis and Meilen) was a Swiss lawyer .


The reformed Arthur Meier was born in 1922 as the son of Hans and Berta, b. Moser was born and grew up in Langnau am Albis. In 1947 he married Arlette Hayoz.

He completed his law studies at the University of Zurich in 1947 with a dissertation on the subject of the "Principle of trust when concluding a contract" with Karl Oftinger . He received the Venia Legendi in 1951 at the University of Zurich based on his internationally acclaimed habilitation thesis on the subject of “The judge as legislator”. After a brief period as a lawyer, he was appointed associate professor for civil law and commercial law at the University of Mainz in 1956 . A year later he returned to his alma mater, where he taught until his resignation in 1985 as a full professor of civil code , commercial law and the law of obligations , and he also served as dean from 1968 to 1970. His former student Dieter Zobl later took over his chair .

Meier-Hayoz was cassation judge from 1959 to 1988 . From 1963 to 1992 he was the editor of the “ Bern Commentary on Swiss Private Law ” and from 1971 to 1993 he was editor-in-chief of the “ Zeitschrift für Schweizerisches Recht ”. In addition, he was often active as an expert and arbitrator.

Meier-Hayoz published numerous articles on various areas of private law and methodology. In addition to the two monographs already mentioned, in property law, for example, his commentary on property in the Berner Commentary, the textbook on corporate law continued by Peter Forstmoser and now in its tenth edition, together with Peter Forstmoser and Peter Nobel, an overall presentation of company law and together with Hans Caspar von der Crone a textbook on securities law.

In 1966, when he was offered a professorship in Freiburg im Breisgau that was generously endowed with staff and resources , he had the University of Zurich assure him that two assistant positions would be created ad personam. Meier-Hayoz was the first law teacher in Zurich to employ assistants and thus systematically promote young talent. Many of his students have successfully completed an academic career, such as the later professors Hans Michael Riemer , Heribert Rausch , Heinz Rey , Peter Forstmoser , Walter Ott , Dieter Zobl, Rolf H. Weber and Hans Caspar von der Crone. He was also the first to organize the block seminars outside the university, which are now part of the regular course offer.

His students presented Meier-Hayoz with a celebratory gift on his 50th birthday, another followed on his 60th. Following on from Meier-Hayoz's standard works on methodology, a symposium on “The Application of Law in Theory and Practice” took place on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Finally, the topic of a symposium on the 80th birthday was “Corporate Governance”.

"[...] a great lawyer [...] who, due to his great merits as a teacher and researcher, is undoubtedly one of the most important Swiss law teachers of the 20th century."

- Dieter Zobl

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Individual evidence

  1. Arthur Meier-Hayoz (also publisher): Berner Commentary on Swiss Private Law , Volume IV: Property Law, 1st Section: Property, 1st Part: Systematic Part and General Provisions, Articles 641–654 ZGB, 2nd Part: Real estate I, Articles 655–679 ZGB, 3rd part: Real estate II, Articles 680–701 ZGB, 5th part: The condominium, Bern 1964–1988 (several editions).
  2. ^ Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Peter Forstmoser: Swiss company law. 10th edition. Bern 2007.
  3. ^ Peter Forstmoser, Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Peter Nobel: Swiss company law. Bern 1996.
  4. ^ Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Hans Caspar von der Crone: Wertpapierrecht , 2nd edition, Zurich 2000
  5. Ursula Falkner, Martin Zweifel (ed.): Aspects of legal development , on the 50th birthday of Prof. Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Zurich 1972.
  6. Peter Forstmoser, Walter R. Schluep (Ed.): Freedom and Responsibility in Law , Festschrift for the 60th birthday of Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Bern 1982.
  7. Peter Forstmoser, Regina Ogorek , Walter R. Schluep (eds.): Legal application in theory and practice , Symposium on the 70th birthday of Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Basel 1993.
  8. ^ Peter Forstmoser, Hans Caspar von der Crone, Rof H. Weber, Dieter Zobl (Eds.): Corporate Governance , Symposium on the 80th birthday of Arthur Meier-Hayoz, Zurich 2002.