Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann , Prof. Dr.


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Curriculum vitae Prof. Dr. iur. Christine Kaufmann

Christine Kaufmann is a professor of international, constitutional and administrative law at the University of Zurich Law School in Switzerland. After completing her doctoral thesis on the Right to Food Christine Kaufmann served first in the legal department and then as Director of Human Resources at the Swiss Central Bank. During that time she was a member of the EFTA expert groups on financial services and free movement of capital and services and represented the Swiss Central Bank in the negotiations on the European Economic Area.

As a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan law school she undertook extensive research on the relationship between core labour rights and international financial institutions. The results of her research have been published in the book Globalisation and Core Labour Rights in 2007.

Upon her return and before joining the law faculty in Zurich, Christine Kaufmann was Director of Legal Research at the World Trade Institute (WTI) in Bern, where she is now a senior research fellow and a member of the board. As a member of the faculty she regularly teaches in the Master of International Law and Economics programme at the WTI. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Zurich section of the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) and participates as judge in the ELSA moot court on WTO law. Since 2004 Christine Kaufmann has been a member of the Bar Association Examination Panel of the Canton (State) of Zurich.

In 2009, she initiated the foundation of the Centre of Competence for Human Rights at the University of Zurich, where she now serves as president of the Steering Committee ( The Centre is now a member of the Swiss Centre of Competence for Human Rights (SKMR), which was established by the Swiss Government in 2011 to serve as a pilot model for a future National Human Rights Institution.

Her main research interests include the linkages between international trade law and human rights, the relationship between the international trade and the international financial system and the implications of globalisation on governance in both international and domestic law. Currently, she is inter alia engaged in a major research programme, sponsored by the Swiss National Research Foundation: the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Trade Regulation – from Fragmentation to Coherence” (