Born: 1 September 1947, in Basel, Switzerland, citizen of Murten, Switzerland.
Education: University of Berne school of law and economics 1967–1971; Dr. jur. University of Berne 1978, Alexander-von-Humboldt-scholar, Max Planck Institute of International Intellectual Property Law Munich 1979–1981, Habilitation/Privatdozent University of Zurich 1983.
Professional career: Universities of Berne and Zurich, Assistant, 1972–1978; Legal Secretary, Bülach District Court, 1982–1984; Visiting Professor, Universities of Bochum, Berlin, Tübingen, Marburg, Saarbrücken, 1984–1986; Professor of Private Law, University of Kaiserslautern, 1987; Chair of Private, Commercial and Economic Law, University of St. Gallen 1987-2013; Director of the University of St. Gallen Institute of European Law 1991-2014; since 2014 Director of the University if St. Gallen Competence Center of European and International Law; Visiting Professor, University of Geneva, 1989-1990; Visiting Professor University of Texas School of Law 1993-2004; Chairman of the St. Gallen International Competition Law Forum since 1994; Co-Chairman of the Grigory Tunkin Readings at Moscow State (Lomonosov) University; Member of the Board of the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law of the University of Texas School of Law; Member of the Supreme Court of the Principality of Liechtenstein, 1994–1995; Expert advisor to the Governments of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Israel, the Russian Federation and the Swiss Confederation as well as to both chambers of the Parliament of the Swiss Confederation; Judge of the EFTA Court since 6 September 1995; President of the EFTA Court since 15 January 2003; Dr. rer. pol. h.c. of Leuphana University 2012.
Publications: Over 40 books and over 200 articles on European and International law, law of obligations, labour law, law of unfair competition, antitrust law, company law, intellectual property law, comparative law and the law of international courts.