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Zurich Attorney
Andreas Furrer

Phone: +41 44 254 99 66


Languages: German, French, English

Prof. Dr. Andreas Furrer is a professor of private, comparative, and European private international law of the University of Lucerne. He acts as attorney, arbitrator or expert in the areas of national and international commercial and contract law and private international law. His focal areas are national and international distribution, logistics and transport law.

Legal Education

  • University of Freiburg (lic.iur. JD equivalent)
  • University of Saarbrücken (LL.M.) 1990
  • University of St. Gallen (Dr. iur.), 1994
  • University of St. Gallen (Promotion to professorial status), 2001

Fields of Practice

  • Swiss and International Contract Law and Economy
  • International Trade
  • International Arbitration
  • International Judicial Assistance
  • Litigation
  • Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law

Practical Experience

  • Internship in a law firm, 1993-1995
  • Research assistant at the Centre for European Law and Politics, University of Bremen
  • Lawyer / Consultant (since 2003) of a commercial law firm in Zurich, 2000-2007

Teaching Assignments

  • Law of Obligations
  • Economic Law
  • Private International Law
  • European Private Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Willem C. Vis Moot, Vienna (Arbitration)


  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Association for a European Law Institute (ELIA)
  • Private International Law Advisory Panel of the British Institute of International and comporative Law, London (BIICL)



  • “Product Safety and Distribution,” University of St. Gallen Department, May 2011
  • “Interaction between Brussels I and the new Lugano Convention”, Department of Trier, May 2011
  • Prokutsicherheit and Product Liability: New Challenges for Swiss company, Continental Office Park in March, 2011
  • “Recent Developments in the Law of Obligations”, Referat Lucerne University, March 2011
  • “Technical harmonization, product safety and product liability in Switzerland and Europe”, Wuhan Department, March 2011
  • “The Brussels I Proposal Review and the Lugano Convention II”, Unit London, February 2011
  • 1st Lucerne transport and logistics days, Department Transport Museum in Lucerne, October 2010
  • Research Evaluation: Conference of the law faculties of Switzerland, Bern University Unit, June 2010
  • “Droit des voyageurs et consommateurs”, Unit Madrid in June 2010
  • Damages in the capital market, University of Wuerzburg Department, June 2010
  • LugÜ: litigating under the revised Lugano Convention, Division Grand Casino Luzern, May 2010
  • “Product Safety in Legal Practice: What’s new bingt Products Safety Act?”, Unit Europe Institute, March 2010
  • Is that right or power failure contemporary?, Contribution to the Festschrift Rehctswissenschaftlichen Faculty of Lucerne into the Swiss Jurists 2007
  • Swiss civil law before the European challenge, autonomy and reception – 80 years of the Civil Code, Journées Turco-Suisse 2006, Bern, Proceedings: Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2007, p. 27-52
  • The influence of the ECJ’s case law on the Swiss Business Law, SZIER 2006, p. 311-334
  • European Private Law in the scientific discourse (Ed.), in the series “European Private Law”, Volume 6, Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2006
  • “From stierigen cows and bulls, jump-capable – The regulation of the cattle trade as an object lesson of a failed regulatory legal technique,” Lucerne’s contributions to the law (LBR), Volume 11, FS Paul Richli 60th Birthday (Ed. Jörg Schmid and Hans Jörg Seiler), 2006, p. 149-165
  • The nascent European Private Law, SZIER 2 / 2005, p. 239-243
  • Leeway in European Contract Law, Four Theses on the Swiss legal practice, SZIER 2 / 2004, p. 509-530
  • Conflicts in the fundamental right UWG? What we learn from the case Hertel?, Law 2004
  • Conditions as stumbling blocks in the form of contract-The SME issues in: 1 Volume of the new series “Law Scientific Contributions of the University of Lucerne”, 2003
  • Limits and Control of competiton with a View to International Harmonization – National Report: Canada, contribution to the 16th International Congress of Comparative Law of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Brisbane, 14 to 20 July 2002: III.A.2 Subject: Limits and Control of Competition with a View to International Harmonization
  • As far as the attorney-client privilege extends in civil litigation? Plea for a Swiss “client-attorney privilege,” AJP p. 8 / 2002, 895-905
  • The International Civil Procedure Law in Flux – Quo Vadis, SJZ 98 (6 / 2002), p. 141-150
  • Civil law in the Community context – The European conflict of laws Bern as a coordinating instrument for the imagination of civil law in the European Economic Law, 2001
  • Civil rights as an innovation engine of the European Union? Thoughts on Empire, citizenship in the EU, Rabel Journal of Comparative and International Private Law
  • International trade law as part of product regulation, guide M. (Ed.), material flow regulation through product regulation – Legal and political issues, Vomos-Verlag, Baden Baden, 2000
  • Book Review: I. Klauer, The Europeanization of Private Law (1998), ELJ 2 / 1999, p. 204-207
  • European Law Centre and without peak? - Observations on the Europeanization Process in Private Law Toward a Supranational multi-level system, in: Joerges, Christian / Gerstenberg, Oliver (ed.), Private Governance, Democratic Constitutionalism and Supranationalism, 1998, p. 167-184
  • Comment on “Is there a need for political action to shape environmental law in the interest of the social market economy”, in: A. Dally (ed.), Economic Development by environmental law? - Legal instruments between environmental and economic policies, Locum protocol 5-97, Protestant Academy Loccum, p. 14-21
  • Book Review: Rolf Rau, Control of findings of fact and assessments of the Court of eurpäischen communities – to judicial review of Commission decisions in comparison with the French and German Law, CMLR 3 / 1997, p. 755-757
  • Transparency through public access to internal documents of the Council and Commission – Case Note on Case T-105/95, Judgement of 5 March 1997, the 3 / 1997, p. 153-156
  • The Lugano Convention as an instrument of European law – The Lugano convergence system to the test of practice and policy (AJP 4 / 1997, p. 486-501)
  • National leeway despite EU law – the example of health and internal market of the BSE epidemic, NZZ, 6 / 7 April 1996, No. 81, p. 10
  • The Principle of Pre-emption European Union Law, in: Winter (ed.): Reforming the Legal Sources and Categories of EC acts, Series of the Centre for European Law and Politics, Nomos-Verlag, Volume 22, 1996, p. 521-540
  • States are major political Dino Aryans? - Warning against too far-reaching conclusions about the future of the EU, in: NZZ, 8 July 1995, No. 156, p. 22
  • The blocking effect of secondary Community law on national legal systems – the limits of national Gesteltungsspielraums by secondary legal requirements with special emphasis on “going it alone”, in: “Schriftenreihe European law, economics and politics,” Vomos-Verlag, Volume 165, supported by a publication post the Swiss National Science Foundation
  • The Lugano Convention and the harmonization of international civil procedural law in Europe, Master Thesis, 1992


  • Producer’s and Seller’s liability under Swiss Law – A Comparative Analysis under European Perspectives, in: European Perspectives on Producer’s Liability, Sellier Verlag 2009
  • Swiss Code of Obligations, General Section, teaching aids, two volumes (in collaboration with Markus Müller-Chen), Schulthess Verlag, Zurich 2007
  • European Economic Law in Switzerland-EU relationship, current legal practice in 2006, (in collaboration with Ferrari Hofer Laurenza and Christophe Rapin), Stämpfli Verlag, Bern
  • Business Law, teaching materials including CD-Rom (in collaboration with Daniel Girsberger, Peter Krummenacher, Andreas Kellerhals), 2nd Edition, published by Schulthess, Zurich 2007
  • The application of legal provisions to purchase long-term delivery – and purchase agreements, (in collaboration with Gino Lohri), in: Oliver Arter (Eds.), distribution agreements, Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2007
  • Private International Law, teaching materials including CD-Rom (in collaboration with Daniel Girsberger and Dorothee Schramm), Schulthess Verlag, Zurich 2006
  • Business Law, teaching materials including CD-Rom (in collaboration with Daniel and Peter Krummenacher Girsberger), Schulthess Verlag Zurich 2006
  • Commercial practice “Euro-Swiss”, (I work in collaboration, Dr. Robert F. Birner, Barbara Henzen-Walser, Christoph Lang, lic. Iur. Oliver Widmer), AJP 10/2005, p. 1248-1262
  • The International Legal proceedings between Switzerland and the new EU member states on the example of the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania (in collaboration with Julius Effenberg, Theis Kaluberg and Tadas Zukas), AJP 8 / 2005, p. 1018-1030
  • European Economic Law in Switzerland-EU relationship, current legal practice in 2005 (in collaboration with Ferrari Hofer Laurenza and Christophe Rapin): Stämpfli Verlag, Bern 2005, p. 407-445
  • Overview of the basic error in the example of a Settlement Agreement, fall 2005 collection, ius.full (in collaboration with Alxandra Zeiter), p. 65-74
  • Overview of the basic error in the example of an arrangement agreement, ius.full 2 ​​/ 04 (in collaboration with Alexandra Zeiter), p. 74-84
  • How do I write a dissertation, ius.full. 2003, Issue 1, 2 and 3 (in collaboration with Daniel Girsberger)
  • Competence problems in European contract law – the latest developments relating to Article 5 para.LugÜ 1 / EugÜV, 99 SJZ (2003), p. 105-117, p. 137-142 (in collaboration with Dorothee Schramm)
  • The impact of the new Entsedegesetzes on the Swiss IZPR, SZIER 1 / 2003, 37-53 (in collaboration with Dorothee Schramm)
  • Commercial practice “€-swiss”, AJP 7 / 2001, p. 817-827 (in Zusammanarbeit with Boris Etter, Stefan Kohler, Christoph G. Lang, Christian Roos and Oliver Widmer), prelude to a series of reports trimestrieller legal developments the ratio between Switzerland and EU (AJP 12/2001, p. 1424-1433)
  • The importance of fundamental rights for the relationship between individuals, Bieber, Roland / Boillat, Phillipe / Borghi, Marco / Furrer, Andreas / Jaque, Jean Paul / Wildhaber, Luzius (Ed.), fundamental rights protection in Europe, 28, 2001, p. 55 -76
  • Technical standards in the area of ​​conflict of environmental protection and free Single Market – A problem-oriented overview, ELNI 1 / 1999, p. 19-25 (in collaboration with V. Bölscher)
  • The involvement of business in environmental legal action by the example of the environmental agreement, standardization and environmental liability – New approaches in the law of the EU and its impact on Switzerland, Stämpfli & Cie, Bern, 1999 (in collaboration with V. Bölscher)
  • Challenges of European Integration to Private Law, in Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, 1996, Vol VII, Book 1, 281-338, Kluwer 1999 (in collaboration with C. Joerges and O. Gerstenberg)
  • Technical standards in the area of ​​conflict between environmental protection-free internal market, 1 / 1998, p. 3-12 (in collaboration with V. Bölscher)
  • The “legally protected interest of non-discrimination” and the scope of state liability from unreacted Policies – Applicability of the “Francovich principles” to government liability for quantifiable competitive disadvantages – (in collaboration with Prof. Dr. A. Epiney), in: JZ 1995, p. 1025-1034
  • And recognition of judgments from Vollsterckung Lugano Contracting, “Practice-based contract line to European Law”, European Institute of Zurich in cooperation with the Association of Zurich Lawyers (VZR), 1994/1995
  • Environmental protection to Maastricht – A three-speed Europe? (In collaboration with Prof. Dr. A. Epiney), in: European Law 1992, p. 369-408

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