Andrea Büchler


Andrea Büchler (1968) studied law at the University of Basel. Afterwards, she was a research assistant with Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer at the chair of private law at the University of Basel. She received her doctorate in 1998 with a thesis on domestic violence. In 2002, she habilitated and obtained the venia legendi for private law, comparative law and gender law.

After completing her habilitation, she joined the University of Zurich in 2002, where she has held the chair for Private and Comparative Law. Her research areas include family law, medical law, comparative law and Islamic law. Together with the psychologist Heidi Simoni she headed the empirical and interdisciplinary research project “Children and Divorce”. Her publications on family law are wide-ranging and include monographs, commentaries, research papers in law journals and reviews of judgements. She also regularly writes expert opinions on questions of family law. She is co-editor of, a journal specializing in family law, organizes the Swiss Family Law Days (Schweizer Familienrecht§Tage) and the Zurich Conference on Divorce Law. She leads, together with Alexandra Jungo, the training of specialists in family law and is president of the National Advisory Committee on Biomedical Ethics.

Andrea Büchler was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, at the Collegium Helveticum ETH/UZH, at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at the New York University and a visiting professor at the Law School at the University California at Berkeley and at the University of Vienna. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Vienna in 2020.

Languages: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish