Ingeborg Schwenzer

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Ingeborg Schwenzer (born October 25, 1951 in Stuttgart ) is a German legal scholar and professor emeritus for private law and comparative law at the University of Basel , Switzerland .

academic career

Schwenzer studied law from 1970 to 1975 at the University of Freiburg i. Br. And the University of Geneva . From 1973 to 1975 she worked as a student assistant at the Institute for Administrative Law at the University of Freiburg.

In 1975 Schwenzer passed the first state examination in Baden-Württemberg . It achieved the third best result out of 209 candidates.

From 1975 to 1976 Schwenzer studied at the University of California, Berkeley , where she earned the title Master of Laws with the distinction of high honors.

From 1977 to 1981 Schwenzer was a research assistant to Peter Schlechtriem at the Institute for Comparative and International Private Law at the University of Freiburg. In 1978, she was with the work of the exemption of the seller from liability for defects in the American and German law doctorate . This work was awarded the Herrnstadt Prize for the best doctoral thesis of 1978.

From 1978 to 1980 Schwenzer completed his legal preparatory service in Freiburg i. Br. 1980 she passed the second state examination in law and achieved the best result out of 334 candidates.

1980 to 1987 Schwenzer was an assistant professor and lecturer in private law and commercial law at the Administration and Business Academy in Freiburg i. Br.

In 1986 Schwenzer was given a teaching position at the University of Marburg .

1987 Schwenzer was by the Faculty of Law of the University of Freiburg with the work from the state to the real relationship - family law changing habilitation . She received the venia legendi for the subjects civil law, commercial law, international private law and comparative law. As a result, she took over the representation of a professorship for civil law, commercial and labor law at the University of Konstanz . In the same year Schwenzer received offers to the University of Cologne for a professorship for civil law, as well as a call to the University of Mainz for a professorship for civil law, international private law and comparative law. She accepted the latter position and in December 1987 was appointed professor for civil law, international private law and comparative law at the University of Mainz.

In 1989 she was offered a position at the University of Basel , which she accepted. This made Schwenzer the first (female) full professor at a law faculty in Switzerland and the second full professor at the University of Basel. Since April 1989 Schwenzer has been a full professor of private law at the University of Basel. Schwenzer retired in February 2017.

Subsequent calls for a professorship for German and European private law at the University of Kiel (1991) and for a professorship for private law at the Humboldt University in Berlin (1995) were rejected by Schwenzer.

Schwenzer was adjunct professor at City University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2016 and at Griffith University , Australia from 2013 to 2016 . In 2014 she became dean of the newly founded Swiss virtual university for international law , the Swiss International Law School (SiLS) in Basel, which is supported by the foundation of the same name.

Schwenzer held various visiting professorships: 1994 to 2002 at the Europainstitut, Basel, 2008 at the Université de Paris Val-de-Marne , France, 2009 at the Victoria University of Wellington , New Zealand, 2010 at the Loyola University Chicago , USA, 2011 at the University of Buea , Cameroon, also 2011 at İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi , Turkey, 2012 at Ankara Üniversitesi , Turkey, also 2012 at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná , Brazil, 2013 at Universitetet i Oslo , Norway, 2014 at Griffith University , Australia, and 2015 at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Areas of research and interests

Schwenzer's research is primarily in the area of ​​obligations, commercial and family law. In addition, she is interested in arbitration law and, in particular, in university didactics.

Global Sales Law

The Global Sales Law Project is a comparative law project in the field of sales and contract law.

Global Sales and Contract Law

The main component of the project is the Global Sales and Contract Law (GSCL) manual, which Schwenzer wrote together with Pascal Hachem and Christopher Kee . This handbook compares sales and contract laws in over 60 countries. A special feature is that the comparison is not made on the basis of individual country reports that are independent of one another, but rather comprehensively and functionally. The authors were able to refer to the dissertations by Mohamed Hafez (Arabia and Middle East), Natia Lapiashvili (Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Edgardo Muñoz (Latin America), Jean-Alain Penda Matipe (Central and South Africa) and Sophia Juan Yang, also supervised by Schwenzer (Southeast Asia), each of which worked on a legal family.

Commentary on the UN sales law

Schwenzer is the editor of the standard commentary on the UN sales law. This commentary appears in German (6th edition 2013), English (4th edition 2016), Spanish (2011), Portuguese (2014), Turkish (2015). Versions in French, Chinese and Russian are in the making.

Until her retirement in 2017, Schwenzer was in charge of the leading database in German-speaking countries, which includes all relevant cases from the field of UN sales law. The database was founded in 1995 by Peter Schlechtriem at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Schwenzer took over the supervision from 2002 to 2017.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Since the first Willem C. Vis Moot in 1994, Schwenzer has participated as an arbitrator in the largest international competition on arbitration law that takes place in Vienna. Since 2004 she has also participated as a referee in the sister competition Willem C. Vis East Moot in Hong Kong. In addition, Schwenzer supervised the University of Basel team in these competitions from 1995 to 2015.

Model Family Code

With the Model Family Code, Schwenzer and Mariel Dimsey created a codification of family law in the style of a model law in 2006 . The basis was a comprehensive comparison of the family law systems of both European and, in particular, Anglo-American and Oceanic jurisdictions. The Model Family Code has the decisive advantage that, in contrast to most national family laws that are constantly subject to minor changes, it contains a coherent system. In addition, the Model Family Code offers the possibility of adapting this core system flexibly to the respective family-political reality through the implementation of cultural values.

Publications and Editing

According to her list of publications, Schwenzer has published 19 monographs so far, is the editor of 44 books and wrote more than 200 articles and contributions to comments (as of April 2020).

Selected functions and memberships

  • Founding member of the International Dispute Resolution Academy since 2016
  • Member of the American Law Institute since 2015
  • Since 2014 board member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law
  • Since 2013 member of the German Society for International Law
  • Since 2011 chairwoman of the CISG (UN Sales Law) Advisory Council
  • Since 2011 member of the International Law Association, Swiss Branch
  • Member of the European Law Institute since 2010
  • Member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration since 2010
  • From 2004 to 2012 deputy chairwoman of the board of the German Lawyers Association
  • Since 2001 member of the expert group of the European Commission on Family Law
  • Since 2000 member of the International Academy of Comparative Law
  • From 1999 to 2005 member of the board of the civil law teachers' association
  • From 1993 to 2006 member of the board of the Swiss Institute for Comparative Law


  • 2011 Law Career Achievement Award from the Arab Society for Commercial and Maritime Law

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Swiss International Law School, excerpt from the commercial register March 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Reference in the catalog of the German National Library. Retrieved January 24, 2017 .
  4. ^ Reference in the catalog of the German National Library. Retrieved January 24, 2017 .
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  8. Publications Ingeborg Schwenzer. Retrieved April 13, 2020 .