Christa Tobler




Professor R.C. (Ruth Christa) Tobler is Professor of European Law at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Leiden.

Professor Tobler studied law at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) where she obtained her law degree in 1985. In 1989 she was awarded a Ph.D., based on a thesis on Swiss trade mark law. Professor Tobler subsequently worked as a researcher at the Kyoto Comparative Law Centre (Japan) and as a court clerk in Switzerland. In 1992 she passed the Zurich bar exam and then worked as an attorney-at-law. In 1994 she was awarded the degree “LL.M. in European Community Law” at the University of Leiden. During her studies in Leiden, she was also Winning Advocate General in the European Law Moot Court Competition ( This resulted in an internship at the European Court of Justice (November 1994).

Professor Tobler then spent the first half of 1995 as a researcher on an interdisciplinary research programme at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). In August 1995 she returned to Leiden where she worked as the academic coordinator of the LL.M. Programme in European Community Law. In 1998 she was appointed as a part-time lecturer in gender law at the University of Basel (Switzerland).

In 2000, she was appointed Associate Professor of European Law. In 2004, Professor Tobler completed the “habilitation” procedure, which made her eligible as ordinary professor of Swiss public law, European law and gender law. In 2005 she was appointed Professor of European law at the University of Basel, and in 2007 at the University of Leiden.

Professor Tobler is a member of the editorial board of the Swiss Review of International and European Law, of the European Equality Network. European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination and of the Board of Trustees of the European Law Academy (Europäische Rechtsakademie, ERA) in Trier, Germany ( She is also an enthusiastic Moot Court judge (regional level) for the European Law Moot Court Competition.

Professor Tobler is a co-founder of “The EU Law in Charts Project”. The project aims at using visualisation in legal teaching.

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Oct 3rd 2016

Learn about the position of Switzerland in Europe, in particular with respect to money, migration and other difficult matters. In times of economic uncertainty and increasing migration within Europe, the relationship between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) is severely tested. Located in the west of the European continent, Switzerland is a small but wealthy country, which is surprisingly not a member of the EU. Did you ever wonder what the reasons for this are? And have you ever thought about what legal conditions govern this exceptional relationship?

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