Attorney at law in Geneva (Germann Avocats LLC; formerly with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Geneva and San Francisco. Legal consultant with the European Parliament and the European Commission. Adjunct professor with Webster University (Geneva, Department of International Relations and Law). Member of the board of the Université Populaire de Genève with a teaching programme in international relations, European and international law. Formerly senior lecturer at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg, Switzerland. Ph.D. (University of Berne) and Master in Law (University of Geneva).
Admitted to the bars of Zurich (1995) and of Geneva (1996), authorized to practise as an attorney-at-law both in Switzerland and in the European Union (Zürcher Rechtsanwaltspatent).
Founding partner of the Geneva based law firm Germann Avocats LLC specializing in commercial law, dispute settlement, data protection, state aid, competition and intellectual property law, migration law, contracts and corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and European law (2000 to present; www.germann-avocats.com).
Consultant to the European Commission and the European Parliament on competition law, cultural diversity and international trade (www.diversitystudy.eu).
Formerly consultant for the Geneva law firm BCCC (now BianchiSchwald) for M&A and litigation in the German speaking parts of Switzerland.
Associate lawyer with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie for corporate and contract law, intellectual property, M&A and international trade law (San Francisco, Palo Alto and Geneva; 1996 to 2000), legal intern with the copyright department of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA, Los Angeles; 1996), lawyer's stage for bar admission with Homburger Rechtsanwälte (Zurich) and the Court of first instance of Pfäffikon ZH (1993 – 1994).
Adjunct professor in international migration law at Webster University, Geneva Campus, Department of International Relations (2017 to present); work in progress: research and teaching project on artificial intelligence in international law.
Pro bono teaching in international relations, European law and public international law at the Université Populaire de Genève (UPGE); Board member (2014 to present).
Work in progress: habilitation thesis (venia docendi) on "Conflict settlement related diversity in international law: legitimacy, governance and institutions" (publication scheduled for 2020).
Senior lecturer (Chargé de cours) in international intellectual property law, University of Fribourg (2008-10).
Visiting scholar at the Law Schools of the University of Oxford and of Birkbeck College, University of London; Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute, Chercheur étranger invité at the Comparative Law Institute (Unité Mixte de Recherche en Droit Comparé, UMRDC) of the University of Paris I – Sorbonne-Panthéon and CNRS, and FNS/Marie Curie visiting post doctoral fellow at the Universities of Yale, Columbia, Oxford and Cambridge, Lauterpacht Center for International Law.
Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragter) in European and international trade law and previously doctoral research fellow, University of Berne and World Trade Institute (2002 to 2006).
Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
PhD in law (doctor iuris, 2006).
Master in European Studies (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies - DEA), European Institute of the University of Geneva (2000; multidisciplinary studies in political science, history, political economy and law).
Bachelor's Law Degree (licence en droit), University of Geneva (1992).
Further professional experience
Alternate leader of a research project on WTO law in the framework of the Swiss National Science Foundation programme “National Centers of Competence in Research” (FNS - NCCR), World Trade Institute, University of Berne (2006/07).
Director of a legal training programme aimed at promoting peace via cultural policies between Armenia and Azerbaijan (South Caucasus project financed by the Swiss Federal Development and Cooperation Agency DEZA, 2002 – 2003).
Writer and director of several experimental films, including "Colza Klo" (2001); film director with the Swiss army (1990 – 1994); free lance journalist and subsequently guest contributor (1986 to present) for various Swiss newspapers, including Le Temps, Le Courrier (Geneva) and Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zurich).
Bilingual in French and German (including Swiss German), fluent in English (working language), good knowledge of Italian.
Work samples (head of legal studies for the public sector)
2010: Study on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions of 2005 for the European Parliament (tender procedure IP/B/CULT/IC/2009-057); see: www.diversitystudy.eu
2008: Study on the Economic and Cultural Impact, Notably on Co-productions, of Territorialisation Clauses of State Aid Schemes for Films and Audiovisual Productions for the European Commission; see section “Archives” at www.diversitystudy.eu
List of publications and conferences
Please consult www.webster.ch/academics/faculty/profiles/germann.html
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