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Moritz Kuhn

Phone: +41 44 254 99 66


Languages: German, French, English

Prof. Dr. Moritz W. Kuhn is professor of private and insurance law at the University of Zurich and president of the Zurich Court of Appeal. He is regularly solicited as an expert or legal representative in the areas of insurance, liability and procedural law. In addition, he is president of the Swiss Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA) and member of the general committee of the International Association for Insurance Law (AIDA).

Legal Education

  • University of Zurich (Dr. iur.), 1970

Fields of Practice

  • International and Swiss Contract, Business and Corporate Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance, Liability and Financial Services Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Inheritance and Succession Law
  • Labour Law
  • Medical and Health Law
  • Litigation / Civil Procedure
  • Issues Association (Chairman of the Swiss Insurance Brokers Association, SIBA)

Judicial Functions

  • President of the Supreme Court of the State (Canton) Zurich since April 2002
  • Judge at the Swiss Federal Appeal Commission for the Supervision of Private Insurance, 2004-2006
  • Commercial Law Judge at Commercial Court of Zurich (chamber “Banks and Insurance”), 1992-2001

Teaching Assignments

  • Professor of private law and insurance, University of Zurich
    (since 1986); Habilitation topic: “The Effects of EEC Harmonisation of Endeavour and the Art of the Swiss Federal Constitution 31sexies on the Future Structure of the Swiss Insurance Contract”
  • Lecturer on insurance and economic law at the LLMpost graduate courses, University of Zurich
  • Various expert appointments in private insurance, commercial law and financial services matters (Allfinance)
  • Conference speaker (symposium, etc.) on topics of insurance and / banks, competition, all finance, restructuring, ED, WTO / GATS, etc


  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • President of the Administrative Commission of the High Courts of Zurich
  • Swiss Association of Insurance and Liability Law (1986-1993), president (1994-1998)
  • Presidential Council of AIDA (International Association of Insurance Law)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association
  • President of the Swiss Insurance Brokers Association (SIBA)



  • Enforcement of life insurance claims, in: Festschrift for Karl Spuhler, Zurich 2005, p. 163-178
  • Repositioning of the Insurance Supervision, in: Festschrift for Peter’s 60th Nobel Birthday, Bern 2005, p. 555-574
  • Future shape of Insurance Supervisors (including public transport) – implications for the LAA, in Current Legal Problems of financial and stock market Switzerland, continuing education seminars HSG, Vol 11, 2002/2003, Stämpfli Verlag AG, Bern 2004, p. 45-78
  • Rejection of any liability for late delivery, warranty, or consequential damages in contracts of sale, in Festschrift für Heinz Rey, Schulthess Verlag, 2003, p. 441-449
  • Development in the private insurance and liability law 1994-2005
    - SJZ 1995, p. 131-138
    - SJZ 1996, p. 124-128
    - SJZ 1997, p. 134 ff
    - SJZ 1998, p. 160-164
    - SJZ 1999, S . 143-147
    - SJZ 2000, p. 161-165
    - SJZ 2001, p. 153-158
    - SJZ 2002, p. 170-177
    - SJZ 2003, p. 174-180
    - SJZ 2004, p. 157-160
    - SJZ 2005, p. 166-169
    • SJZ 2006, p. 155-159
    • SJZ 2007, p. 174-178
    • SJZ 2008, p. 165-170
  • Interpretation of general insurance conditions (AVB), with consideration of Article 33 SG, S. Festschrift for Heinrich Honsell, Schulthess Verlag, 2002, 567-572
  • Bancassurance and modern financial market supervision, a new approach to risk management, SJZ 2001, p. 269-276
  • Coverage and coverage exclusions in selected branches of insurance (at-walt liability insurance, general liability insurance), in: liability and insurance law conference in 2001, published by the Institute of Insurance Economics at the University of St. Gallen, ed. by Alfred Roller, p. 7-29
  • How can I assure my company? Guide to public transport, people, short-term disability, property, casualty and specialty insurance, Orell Fuseli, law and practice, Zurich 2001, ed
  • Comment on Switzerland. Private Law, ed. H. Honsell, Nedim P. Vogt and AK Schnyder, BG on Insurance Contracts (VVG), commenting on Article 73, SG, p. 973-996 Helbing & Light Hahn, Basel, Geneva and Munich 2001
  • The preliminary assessment of the merger law practice, ZSR, 1999, v. 118, I. Halbbd., P. 241-261
  • The medical liability in Switzerland, medical law, Verlag CH Beck, Munich and Frankfurt, Issue 6, June 1999, p. 248-254
  • What is the best legal form in Switzerland for operation of bancassurance?, SVZ 1999, p. 224-231
  • Conversion of Rentenanstalt / Swiss Life cooperative into a limited company by 30.6.1997, Swiss Journal of Business Law (SZW) 1999, No. 6, p. 275-282
  • Bancassurance – A concept with a future? In: “Legal Problems of bancassurance,” Scriptures for the Swiss banking law, Schulthess Verlag Polygraphischer p. 1997, Vol 47, 5-36
  • Bancassurance – A concept with a future, SVZ 1997, p. 252 ff?
  • Liability law reform on rocky trails – suitable as a basis the draft revision, interview about the new draft law, in: SVZ 1997, p. 66-67
  • Revision total liability law, SVZ 1997, p. 1 ff
  • The deregulation of the example of life insurance, SVZ 1996, p. 111-131
  • Professional liability insurance for physicians, SVZ 1995, p. 87 ff
  • Droit des Assurances privées, Exposé et principes de la loi sur le contrat d’assurance: Disp. . art: gen.1-47 avec un aperçu de la LCA Législation de surveillance des institutions d’assurances privées, adaptation française par Pascal Montavon, Juridique Edition AMC ALPHA, Lausanne 1994
  • Fighting insurance fraud, SVZ 1994, p. 303 f.
  • The impact of deregulation and EU competition law to the Swiss insurance market, in: Aspects of commercial law, hard issue for Switzerland. Jurists in 1994, Zurich 1995, p. 273-297 and SVZ 1994, p. 270-275, p. 339-350
  • Swisslex and insurance, AJP 1994, p. 706-720
  • Medical art and medical malpractice – burden of proof under liability law of the canton of Zurich, in: Law and Law Enforcement, Festschrift for Hans Ulrich Walder 65th Birthday, Schulthess P. Polygraphischer Verlag 1994, 49-66
  • Current problems in medical malpractice, SJZ 1993, p. 257-288
  • No susceptibility of Swiss life insurance industry for money laundering, SVZ 1993, p. 129-136 et seq
  • Structural change in the Swiss life insurance market – concentration, competitive pressures and bancassurance, SVZ 1992, p. 111 ff
  • New strategies for the support of occupational pensions and pension funds / pension funds in the EU domestic market in 1992, SVZ 1991, p. 192 ff
  • Europe tolerability of the Swiss insurance law, SVZ 1991, p. 128 ff
  • 3rd Coordination Directive life – a challenge for the European life insurance market? SVZ 1991, p. 73 ff
  • Freedom to provide services and life insurance – The latest development, SVZ 1991, p. 71 ff
  • The exclusive distribution agreement in relation to the agency agreement, Festschrift for the 65thBirthday of Professor Max Keller, Zurich 1989, p. 187-204
  • EC 92 – opportunities and risks for Switzerland.Insurance industry, in: Banks and insurance companies, existing side by side against each other? Impact of the Single European Market, Vol 67 of series of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies, Rüschlikon 1989, p. 86-139
  • The influence of the EC internal market in 1992 on the protection of insurance consumers, freedom and constraint, Festschrift for the 60th Birthday of Prof. H. Giger, Verlag Stämpfli & Co., Bern 1989, p. 351-378
  • Freedom to provide services in life insurance, SVZ 1989, p. 113-121
  • What the open content control of terms and conditions (GTC) in accordance with Article 8 means new UWG for the Swiss insurance industry? SVZ, 1987, p. 275-287
  • Medical malpractice, and re-edited version of the extended inaugural lecture of 10.11.1986, SJZ 1987, p. 353-364
  • The impact of the harmonization efforts of the EC and Article 31sexies BV for future design of the Swiss SG, Zurich Habilitationsschrift, published by Peter Lang AG, Bern and Frankfurt aM 1986 (November 1986)
  • The development of the liability of the physician, ZSR, Vol 105, 1986, p. 469-502
  • BGE 110 Ib 74 ff: Administrative Court of the Association of Private Health and Accident Insurers (PKU) against the FDJP Betr. by the BPV of health insurance in the canton of Bern (KKB) has granted approval to operate the accident business (for which she founded Accident Insurance Company), SVZ 1986, p. 5 ff
  • Consumer information and contract Withdrawal – The latest development, SVZ 1986, p. 333 ff
  • The liability of false information and false Raterteilung, SJZ 1986, p. 345-356
  • Jurisdiction: Betr. two in 1984, publ. Judgments of the Federal Court in the areas of the display of duty (Article 4 et seq SG), SVZ 1985, p. 107 ff
  • State supervision of private life insurers and the desired relaxation of the existing investment regulations, SVZ 1985, p. 373 ff
  • Competition in the insurance industry, SVZ 1985, p. 151 ff
  • Judgement of the Federal Court of 24 March 1983: Calculation of the deadline for withdrawal because of ad run, breach of duty, SVZ 1984, p. 113 ff
  • Price monitoring in the insurance industry, SVZ 1984, p. 367 ff
  • The impact of pension and pure risk insurance to the duty part of the inheritance provisions, SVZ 1984, p. 193 ff
  • BGE 108 II 143 ff: Council decision of 13 IS F. Geneva in May 1983 against Life Insurance Company, SVZ 1984, p. 44 ff
  • The most important federal court decisions in private insurance disputes in the past ten years (1971-1981), SVZ 1982, p. 225 ff and p. 257 ff
  • Avoiding competition with the more troubling accumulation of liability claims with insurance to cover medical expenses or for loss of income (Article 72 and Article 96 SG), SVZ 1978, p. 81 ff
  • Insurer’s right of cancellation by the insurance contract because of breach of the duty by the Insured: BGE 101 II 339 et seq, SVZ, February 1977, p. 49 ff
  • Better coordination of social and private insurance, a contribution to the harmonization of legislation (NZZ No 303 of 31.12.1975, p. 11)
  • Treatment advocacy insurance claims in the matrimonial property Auseinan contretemps SJZ 1975, p. 153 ff
  • Continued wage payment obligation of the employer and its recourse against a third party liable (SJZ 1974, p. 133 ff)
  • The pecuniary liability of the federal authority and its members and officials on the basis of the Law on Responsibility of 14 March 1958, with particular reference to Article 3 and Article 12 (Zurich contributions to jurisprudence, Issue 364, Zu-rich 1971)


  • Private insurance, with consideration of legal liability and regulatory law, together with L. Müller-Studer and Martin Eckert, 2nd Edition, Zurich 2002
  • Handbook of medical law, by Prof. Honsell (together with Prof. Wiegand, Professor Rehberg, etc.), Schulthess Polygraphischer Verlag, Zurich 1994
  • The European compatibility of Swiss law, ed.Dietrich Schindler, Daniel Thürer, Jakob Kellenberger, etc., for the area of ​​insurance law, publishing Polygraphischer Schulthess Verlag, Zurich 1990
  • Artzrecht in practice, 2nd Edition, Zurich 2007 (ed. together with Tomas Poled

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