People - 02.12.2015 - 00:00 

Honorary doctorate for Thomas Geiser

Thomas Geiser has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Basel. He is Professor of Private and Commercial Law at the University of St.Gallen and a part-time judge at the Swiss Federal Court.
Source: HSG Newsroom


1 December 2015. The University of Basel honoured Thomas Geiser for the fact that in his capacities as an academic and a judge, he has had a significant impact on Switzerland’s labour and family law and he has lastingly strengthened the dialogue between academia and practice through his wide-ranging activities. He was also honoured for his commitment to making current legal issues accessible to a wide public.

Honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Thomas Geiser read law at the University of Basel and obtained his doctor’s degree from the same university in 1983, on the strength of his thesis on the topic of employees’ duty of loyalty and its limits. In 1990, the University of Basel awarded him the venia docendi for private law and appointed him assistant professor in 1992. From 1978-1989, Thomas Geiser worked in the Federal Office of Justice and subsequently at the Swiss Federal Court. Since 1995, he has been Full Professor of Private and Commercial Law at the University of St.Gallen and Executive Director of the Research Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law (FAA-HSG). In addition, he has been a part-time federal judge since 1995.

Legal issues made available to the general public

Thomas Geiser has focused on labour law and family law for years. It has always been a concern of his to make academic insights accessible to practice and to draw academics’ attention to practitioners’ concerns. He has published a great number of academic publications about practical questions, standard works in the above-mentioned areas, and case-law overviews for practical work in the field of law.

Photo: University of Basel, Peter Schnetz