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 Aebi-Müller was elected vice-dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Lucerne. In the fall semester 2007 she then became dean of the Faculty. After completing a second term in office, she spent the period between August 2011 and March 2012 on sabbatical as a visiting professor in the School of Law at Singapore Management University. In the fall semester 2012 she returned as a full-time Professor Ordinarius of Private and Comparative Law.
Regina Aebi-Müller has written numerous publications, with particular focus on private, family and inheritance law, but also on medical and sports law. In May 2010 she received the Goldener Paragraf (Golden Paragraph) award for the best Jusletter articles in 10 years. Since spring 2012 she has led two research projects which are supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The first project deals with the delicate subject of parental decision-making powers and state intervention in medical decisions for children and adolescents. The second is dedicated to the question of self-determination at the end of life and is part of the National Research Programme’s "Lebensende" (End of Life) project.
Regina Aebi-Müller is also a founding member and executive board member of the Centre for Law and Health at the University of Lucerne (ZRG), an associate member of the Center for Medicine - Ethics - Law Helvetiae (MERH) at the University of Zurich, a member of the Wissenschaftliche Vereinigung für Familienrecht e.V (Academic Association for Family Law), editorial assistant for the ZBJV and Medialex journals, and staff editor of the Jusletter journal.
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