Prof. Dr. Regina Aebi–Müller
Professor of Private and Comparative Law
Dr. iur., Attorney-at-Law
T +41 41 229 54 00
F +41 41 229 53 35
Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.A49
Office hours: by appointment
Regina Aebi-Müller was born in 1971 and attended schools in the Canton of Berne. In 1990 she began her studies at the University of Berne, which concluded with her admission to the bar in 1997. She then worked as a lawyer and an assistant at the Chair of Professor Heinz Hausheer. In 2000 she completed a doctorate (Dr. iur.) with a dissertation on "Die optimale Begünstigung des überlebenden Ehegatten" (how best to favour the surviving spouse) for which she won the Professor Walther Hug Prize. Regina Aebi-Müller then went on to work on a post-doctoral project which was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
During this time she also took on a lectureship in Swiss Civil Code at the University of Fribourg. She was appointed assistant professor at the University of Lucerne in the fall semester 2004. In 2005 she received her venia docendi teaching licence for private and comparative law and was appointed associate lecturer at the University of Berne. At the same time her assistant professorship in Lucerne was converted into a full professorship.
In 2006, Regina E. Aebi-Müller was elected Vice Dean and, by Autumn semester 2007, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lucerne. After completing a second term as Dean, she spent a research semester as a Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University, School of Law School of Law, from August 2011 to March 2012. Since July 2012, she has again been working as a full professor of private law and comparative private law in Lucerne.
Regina E. Aebi-Müller has also been Vice Rector for Personnel and Professorships since 1 November 2020.
Regina E. Aebi-Müller primarily tackles topics relating to civil law, in particular the Swiss Civil Code. Her research concerns areas including family law, private law (legal capacity, personal protection, association, and foundation law), medical law and sports law. Regina E. Aebi-Müller has written numerous publications, with particular focus on private, family and inheritance law, but also on medical and sports law. She leads and has previously led various research projects supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Her teaching at bachelor’s level consists of lectures focusing on private law, the introductory articles of the Swiss Civil Code, and family law, whilst at master’s level she covers medical law, advanced private and family law, and seminars on areas including sports law. She received the Best Teaching Award in 2017 and 2018.
Regina E. Aebi-Müller is a founding member and executive board member of the Zentrum für Recht und Gesundheit at the University of Lucerne, an associate member of the Kompetenzzentrum Medizin – Ethik – Recht Helvetiae (Center for Medicine – Ethics – Law Helvetiae) at the University of Zurich, a member of the Vereinigung der deutschsprachigen Medizinrechtslehrerinnen und Medizinrechtslehrer (Association of German-Speaking Teachers of Medical Law), a member of the Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Familienrecht (Academic Association for Family Law), a lecturer for specialist solicitor training in inheritance law and family law, an editorial assistant for the Zeitschrift des bernischen Juristenvereins (ZBJV) journal, and staff editor of the Jusletter journal. She has been co-editor of Berner Kommentar since 2016. Regina E. Aebi-Müller was also a research council member for the Swiss National Science Foundation, Division IV (Programmes) from 2014 to 2021, serving as Vice President of the division from 2017 to 2021. In addition, from 2017 to 2021, she was a member and the Vice President of the Kommission für wissenschaftliche Integrität des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (Swiss National Science Foundation’s Commission on Research Integrity). Furthermore, she has been a member of the Zentrale Ethikkommission der Schweizerischen Akademie für Medizinische Wissenschaften SAMW (Central Ethics Commission for the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences SAMS) since June 2017 and a member of the Alzheimer Schweiz (Alzheimer’s Switzerland) expert commission since 2019. Since 2022 Regina Aebi-Müller is a member of the commission of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity.
Regina E. Aebi-Müller is married and has two children (born in 2000 and 2003). She lives in Niederwangen near Bern with her family and numerous pets.
Professor Regina Aebi-Muller’s main research interests lie in personal, family and inheritance law, in particular property and inheritance planning, child law and privacy protection; medical law; sports law; and private comparative law in the above legal fields.
- SNSF-Project: Parental right of representation and state obligation to provide welfare services
- NFP 67 Self-determination at the end of life in Swiss law