Introduction To Swiss Law

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2004-07-01
  • Publisher: Aspen Pub

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This handy volume offers practitioners and students an introduction to the law of Switzerland. Encompassing all the major fields of legal practice, Introduction to Swiss Law provides an essential understanding of Swiss legal system, with special emphasis on some contemporary issues, so that users can become familiar with the legal institutions and pursue further research on specific Swiss legal matters.With 18 chapters written by Swiss experts in their respective fields of law, each gives French and German terminology and supported with selected list of books in French and German, this is the ideal starting point whenever a question of Swiss law must be answered. The book includes, among others, the following topics:sources of Swiss law;the federal constitution;administrative law;legal persons; family and inheritance ;;property;contracts;civil liability;competition and intellectual property;as well as the fields of corporations, banking law, taxation, labor law, private international law and criminal law. Chapters on civil and criminal procedure include coverage of the essential elements of evidence rules, remedies, and enforcement. A comprehensive list of books and articles on Swiss law in English is also attached to the book. Now in its third edition, this concise and practical guide is sure to continue providing interested parties with a speedy and reliable opening to whatever aspect of Swiss law they need to know. It is also of great value as a comparative source, in broader terms, on Swiss legal practice.

Table of Contents

General Introductionp. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Overview of Swiss History and Political Institutionsp. 1
Birth, Growing Pains
Ancient Historical Institutions: The Diet and Confederal Arbitration
Modern Times
Sources of Lawp. 5
Enacted Law
Customary Law
Judicial Decisions
Works of Legal Scholars
Divisions of the Law (Public Law and Private Law)p. 8
The 'Rule of Law'p. 10
In Theory
In Practice
Jus et Equitas
Three Official Languagesp. 11
Conclusionp. 12
The Swiss Federal Constitutionp. 15
A Brief Description of the Constitutionp. 15
The Nature of the Constitution
The Style of the Constitution
History of the Constitutionp. 16
Until 1848
The Constitution of 1848
The Constitution of 1874
The Partial Revisions between 1874 and 1999
The Long Way to a Totally Revised Constitution
Modes of Revisionp. 19
General Contents of the Constitutionp. 20
Fundamental Rules
Injunctions upon the Legislator
Unwritten Rules Implied in the Constitutionp. 23
Measures of Control over the Application of the Constitutionp. 23
Political Controls
Judicial Controls
The Constitution and Political Realityp. 24
Selected Bibliographyp. 26
Cantonal and Federal Administrative Law of Switzerlandp. 27
Introductionp. 27
Constitutional Influences on Swiss Administrative Lawp. 28
Cantonal and Federal Administration
Court System
General Principles of Swiss Administrative Lawp. 33
The Administrative Order
The Principle of Legality
The Principle of Due Process
The Principle of Proportionality--Appropriateness
The 'Estoppel' Principle: The Obligation of the Administration to Act in Good Faith
New Public Managementp. 41
The Protection of Propertyp. 42
The Protection of Real Property and of Vested Rights
State Responsibility
Selected Bibliographyp. 46
Law of Personsp. 47
Generalp. 47
Natural Personsp. 47
Beginning and End of Personality
Civil Capacity
Protection of Personality
Legal Personsp. 54
Selected Bibliographyp. 58
Family Lawp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Husband and Wifep. 60
Marriage and Cohabitation
Engagement to Marry
Making a Marriage
Effects of Marriage as between the Spouses
Matrimonial Property
Divorce and Judicial Separation
Parent and Childp. 68
Fundamental Principles of Child Law
Establishment of Parentage
Effects of Parentage
Parental Authority
Guardianship and Other Protective Measuresp. 73
General Principles
Legal Adviser
Civil Commitment
Selected Bibliographyp. 76
Law of Inheritancep. 77
Introductionp. 77
Principles Governing the Law of Inheritancep. 77
The Immediate Transfer of the Estate as a Whole
The 'Saisine'
The Joint Ownership of the Estate
The Necessity of an Heir
Intestate Successionp. 78
Partental Ties
Marital Ties
The State
Testate Successionp. 80
Principles of Testamentary Dispositions
Formalities Required for Testamentary Dispositions
Kinds of Disposition
The Limitations Imposed by the Compulsory Portion
Transfer, Conservation and Restoration of the Estatep. 87
Intervention of the Probate Authority
Claim to Recover Inheritance
Limitation of Liability for Debts and Protection of the Creditorsp. 87
Limitation for the Debts
Protection of the Creditors
Partition of the Estatep. 89
General Principles
Procedure of Partition
Competent Jurisdictionp. 91
Taxation of the Estatep. 91
Selected Bibliographyp. 92
Law of Propertyp. 93
In Generalp. 93
Land and Chattelsp. 94
Jus in Rem and Personal Rightp. 95
The Identity of Objectsp. 95
The Transfer of Propertyp. 97
Fiduciary Rights ('Trusts')p. 98
Legal Protection of Propertyp. 98
Protection of Good Faith Acquisitionp. 99
Common Ownership and Apartment Propertyp. 100
The Duties to the Neighborp. 100
Property Reserved to the Sellerp. 101
Servitudesp. 102
Mortgage of Landp. 103
Pledge of Chattelsp. 104
The Land Registerp. 104
Selected Bibliographyp. 106
Law of Contractsp. 107
General Remarks on the Swiss Law of Obligationsp. 107
Historical Background and Influence Abroad
Evolutions to be Expected in the Future
Basic Elements of Contracts
Principle of Freedom of Contract
Contracts as Basis for Obligations: No Translative Effect
System of the Legislation; Comparison with Foreign Lawp. 110
Formation of Contracts in Generalp. 111
Survey of the Positive Prerequisites of Validity
No Requirement of Consideration
Negative Elements Making a Contract Void
Formation of Contract (Consensus; Offer and Acceptance)p. 114
Conclusion of Contracts by Representativesp. 115
Non-commercial Representation
Commercial Representation
Interpretation; Vitiating Elements in the Consensusp. 116
Interpretation in General
'Dissensus' Distinguished from 'Error'
Fraud, Duress
Protection of Consumers
Subsequent Impossibility of Performance
Breach of Contractp. 119
Specific Performance
Damages as General Remedy for Breach
Consequences of Delay
Discharge by Breach
Restitutionp. 123
General Remarks
Restitution of a Benefit Granted by the Party Claiming Restitution
Restitution of Unjustly Appropriated Value
Restitution of Value Transferred by Chance
Extra-contractual and Quasi-contractual Obligationsp. 125
General Remarks
Obligations Resulting from Facts of the Debtor
Obligations Resulting from Acts of the Debtor
Obligations Resulting from 'Culpa in Contrahendo'
Assignment and Other Transfersp. 130
Preliminary Remarks
Assignment of Choses in Action
Assumption of Obligations
Transfer of Business-enterprises with Assets and Liabilities
Transfer of the Position as a Party to a Contract to a Third Party
Set-Offp. 133
Negotiorium Gestiop. 134
Limitations of Actionsp. 136
Special Types of Contractsp. 137
General Remarks
Letting and Hiring (Rent)
Contract of Manufacture
Agency (Mandate) and Similar Types of Contracts
Selected Bibliographyp. 143
Tortsp. 145
Generallyp. 145
The Concept
Conditions of Civil Liabilityp. 147
General Conditions
Aquilian Liability
Simple Causal Liability (Simple Objective Liability)
Liability for Risk (Aggravated Objective Liability)
Indemnity for Pain and Suffering
Effects of Civil Liabilityp. 157
General Principles
Evaluation of Damage
Setting Damages
Particularities of the Indemnity for Pain and Suffering
Concurrent Liabilities
Claim for Damagesp. 161
The Rules on the Statute of Limitations
The Rules of Procedure
Selected Bibliographyp. 163
Commercial Law, Competition Law and Intellectual Propertyp. 165
Corporations and Partnershipsp. 165
Joint Stock Corporations
Other Companies and Cooperatives
Competition Lawp. 184
Law against Unfair Competition
Law on Cartels and Similar Trade Practices
Patents, Trademarks and Copyrightsp. 190
Protection of Inventions
Copyright Law
Designs and Models
The Semi-conductor Topography ('Chips')
Selected Bibliographyp. 195
Banking Lawp. 197
Public Banking Lawp. 197
Constitutional Basis
Legal Sources
Market Participants
Transaction Rules
Private Banking Lawp. 211
Basis of the Contractual Banking Relationship
Types of Banking Relations
Selected Bibliographyp. 216
Law of Taxationp. 217
Introductionp. 217
The Tax System
Federal Direct Taxp. 219
Tax Liability
Taxable Income
Federal Tax on Profit of Corporations
Tax Period
Computation of the Tax and Tax Rates
Special Cases
Federal Anticipatory Taxp. 223
Income Subject to Tax
Tax Rates
Federal Stamp Taxp. 227
Value Added Taxp. 227
Federal Tax on Gambling Housesp. 228
Miscellaneous Cantonal Taxesp. 228
Inheritance and Gift Taxes
Taxes on Transfer of Real Property
Property Taxes
Conventions for the Avoidance of Double Taxationp. 229
Common Principles
The Swiss Legislation to Counteract Abuses of Tax Conventions
Labor Lawp. 233
Short Introductionp. 233
Swiss Rules Concerning Private International Law and Place of Jurisdictionp. 233
Private International Law
Place of Jurisdiction
Individual Employment Relationshipp. 234
In General
Individual Employment Contract
End of the Employment Contractp. 239
Different Forms of Termination
Protection against Termination and at an Improper Time
Collective Redundancies
Transfer of the Employment Relationship
Consequences of Termination of the Employment Relationshipp. 242
Strikep. 242
Conditions for a Legal Strike
Civil Consequences of the Strike
Selected Bibliographyp. 244
Criminal Lawp. 245
Sources of Swiss Criminal Lawp. 245
Preliminary Note
Constitutional Level
The Swiss Penal Code
Other Penal Legislation
Cantonal Legislation
Case Law
Legal Doctrine
The Scope of Application of the Penal Codep. 250
As to Time
Regarding the Place of the Offense
Regarding the Offender
General Rules on Offensesp. 252
Classification of the Offenses
Crimes of Omission
Self-defense and Similar Defenses
Criminal Responsibility
Mens Rea
Specific Preconditions of Punishment
Periods of Limitation (Prescription)
Criminal Attempt
Criminal Sanctionsp. 262
Measures against Persons
Measures against Objects
Sentencing Rules
The Execution of Custodial Sentences
Selected Bibliographyp. 268
Law of Criminal Procedurep. 269
Laws on Criminal Procedurep. 269
General Remarks
Constitutional Level
Statutes on Criminal Procedure
Case Law and Legal Doctrine
The Criminal Justice Systemp. 272
Prosecuting Authorities
Trial Courts
The Parties to the Criminal Proceedingsp. 274
Preliminary Observation
The Defense
The Victim
Governing Principles of Criminal Proceedingsp. 276
Preliminary Observation
General Principles
Trial Procedures
The Law on Evidencep. 278
General Rules
Individuals as a Source of Information and Evidence
Technical Evidence
Coercive Measuresp. 281
Preliminary Observations
Arrest and Detention
Search and Seizure
Examination of Body and Mind
Interference with the Right to Privacy
Special Forms of Procedurep. 283
Private Prosecution
The Penal Order: The Swiss Form of Plea Bargaining?
Proceedings in the Absence of the Defendant
Proceedings against Children and Juveniles
Remediesp. 284
Types of Legal Remedies in Criminal Proceedings
Appeals before the Federal Supreme Court
The Individual Application to the European Court of Human Rights
The Petition for Re-trial
Selected Bibliographyp. 286
Law of Civil Procedurep. 287
Sources of Civil Procedure Lawp. 287
Main Principles of Swiss Civil Procedurep. 288
Court Structurep. 288
Persons Participating in the Administration of Justicep. 290
Judges and Court Reporters or Clerks
Partiesp. 290
Commencing an Actionp. 292
Territorial Jurisdiction
Evidencep. 294
Burden of Proof
Questioning of Parties
Special Proceduresp. 295
Rendition of Judgmentp. 295
Appeal and Other Means of Redressp. 296
Court Costs, Attorney's Fees and Legal Aidp. 296
Enforcementp. 296
Arbitrationp. 297
Selected Bibliographyp. 299
Private International Lawp. 301
Introductionp. 301
General Provisions
Natural Personp. 305
The Status of Natural Persons
Marriage and Relationship between Parent and Child
Propertyp. 308
In General
Pledge of Movable Property and Retention of Title
Intellectual Property
Contracts, Torts and Corporationsp. 310
Law of Obligations
International Arbitrationp. 314
Scope of the PIL
The Arbitration Agreement
Selected Bibliographyp. 318
Bibliography on Swiss Law (in English)p. 319
Generalp. 319
Constitutional Law and Administrative Lawp. 319
Law of Persons and Basic Principles of Private Lawp. 321
Family Law and Law of Inheritancep. 322
Propertyp. 323
Contract and Tort Lawp. 323
Commercial Law and Business Associationsp. 324
Industrial and Intellectual Propertyp. 328
Air Lawp. 331
Banking Lawp. 331
Tax Lawp. 333
Labor Law and Social Insurance Lawp. 335
Private International Lawp. 335
Public International Lawp. 338
Civil Procedure and Arbitrationp. 339
Criminal Law and Procedurep. 341
Translation of Official Textsp. 342
Indexp. 345
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