Department of Business Law
"Legal skills are becoming increasingly important in business and management. Recognizing a need for a solid education in this area, the ZHAW School of Management and Law has established a Law School that focuses on business law."
Prof. Jens Lehne PhD, Head of Department of Business Law
We focus on national and international business law and explore the intersection of business and law. Our core competencies include the following key areas of business law: corporate and tax law, labor and social law, competition law and compliance and public commercial law. We form collaborative ventures and networks with first-rate partners from the academic domain and the business world, both nationally and internationally.
What We Can Offer:
- Legal Education: Efficient methods of teaching and learning specifically tailored to the needs of the business community.
- Research & Development: Both scientific and practical applications of business law
- Services: Effective support for business law practitioners.
The Department of Business Law is responsible for the content of the following academic programs at the ZHAW School of Management and Law:
Our degree program in Business Law unites legal and business studies and focuses on national and international business law. It is a program with excellent prospects, bridging two disciplines, law and business administration.
The Bachelor’s degree program in Applied Law provides a generalist legal education which covers all core areas of Swiss law. Special attention is given to linguistic and methodological competence. This course of study is designed for individuals who wish to assume responsible legal positions in private law, public law, or criminal law.
This interdisciplinary Master's degree program in Management and Law combines managerial and legal competence and places the focus on strategic, operational, and legal project and change management.
Do you want to deepen your existing skills or acquire new professional qualifications? Are you planning to upgrade your professional profile for the job market? In this case, you are in the right place.
The Department of Business Law offers practically oriented continuing education programs using efficient methods of teaching and learning in the area of legal and business legal studies. For further details on the current continuing education programs of our centers, visit the following Internet sites:
Our research and development activities are geared towards applied law. Research projects are financed by grants from public funding agencies such as the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) or the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), as well as partners in the business community and the public sector.
For details about specific aspects of our research or consulting activities and for information on individual reference projects, visit the Internet sites of the centers in question:
We join forces with renowned publishing houses to develop practical publications and publication series, including books of reference ("Schweizer Vertragshandbuch", "Handbuch Schweizer Aktienrecht", and "Handbuch Internationales Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht") and series of textbooks ("Rechtswissenschaft für die Praxis").
We provide consultancy services on legal matters for companies of all business sectors as well as official bodies and associations. Our team of experts consists of specialists with a wide range of legal knowledge and experience. Close ties to the commercial sector combined with our research and teaching activities give us an interdisciplinary approach to consulting. We draw on theoretical and empirically based knowledge and on professional methods to develop appropriate, needs-oriented solutions.
Please contact us, without obligation, to discuss a possible collaborative venture.
The Department of Business Law and its centers regularly organize business law conferences, seminars, and workshops. For an overview of upcoming conferences, visit the relevant Internet sites: