Prof. Dr. Christa Tobler
Professor of European Law
Institute for European Global Studies,
University of Basel
Tel: +41 (0)61 207 48 52
Professor Tobler has published articles on a variety of topics within EU law. However, she is mainly interested in issues regarding equaling rights, in business law as well as social law. Her habilitation dealt with the development of the legal concept of discrimination within EU law and Swiss law, respectively. Furthermore, Prof. Tobler conducts research on EU integration techniques, e.g. regarding its relations with third countries, and hence on bilateral law.
- Research Handbook on General Principles in EU Non-Discrimination Law: Equality and Non-Discrimination
- Research Handbook on European Citizenship law and Policy, Part V: EU Citizenship Post-Brexit: Differentiated Citizenship Revisited: Association Agreements with Switzerland, Turkey and other third countries (together with Narin Idriz, Asser Institute, The Hague, Netherlands)
- Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Europarecht 2019/2020: Gleichwertigkeit, Äquivalenz und Adäquanz – Begrifflichkeiten und ihr rechtlicher Kontext in den Beziehungen zwischen der Schweiz und der EU (together with Jacques Beglinger)
- Essential EU Law in Charts, 4th edition: updated reprint
- Commentary Schweizerisches Heilmittelgesetz, Art. 13, 2nd edition
- For the Schweizerischer Juristenverein, Schweizer Juristentag 2021: Gleichstellung im Zusammenhang mit politischen Rechten (weit gefasst: Ausländer*innenstimmrecht, Auslandschweizer*innenstimmrecht, Jugendlichen-Stimmrecht und Behinderten-Stimmrecht).
“Switzerland in Europe: Money, Migration and Other Difficult Matters” is the title of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by Prof. Tobler, which was produced by the Institute for European Global Studies in collaboration with the learning platform FutureLearn. It deals with the legal and political relations between Switzerland and the European Union. Current and much debated issues such as taxation and immigration are addressed against the backdrop of the interconnectedness of states in the modern world. The videos which were produced as part of the course are freely accessible via the learning platform FutureLearn. A list of the links can be downloaded here.
Regarding the supervision of Master Theses in European Global Studies, I am happy to consider enquiries from students on topics relating to European Union Law.
At present, I am particularly interested in theses researching questions within the following domains:
- internal market law
- EU equality and non-discrimination law
- modes of regulation within the EU
- EU association law
- the legal relationship Switzerland-European Union
You are also encouraged to read the information on on-going research projects on European law.
2004: Habilitation at the University of Basel, eligible for a full scholarship teaching Swiss public law, European law and Gender law
1993/1994: Studies in European Community Law and gender equality before the law at the University of Leiden (Netherlands)
1991: Zurich Bar Exam
1988: Ph.D. based on a thesis on Swiss trademark law
1985: Law degree, Zurich University
After her Ph.D., Christa Tobler spent eight months conducting research at the Comparative Center in Kyoto before working at the district court in Winterthur, initially as an auditor, then as a court clerk. She then worked as a lawyer in Winterthur as well as teaching private law at the University of Zurich. In spring 1994, Christa Tobler was the Winning Advocate General at the European Law Moot Court competition. After a stage at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, she spent the first half of 1995 as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, participating in an interdisciplinary research project on "Gender and the Use of Time" (European Forum). In August 1995, Christa Tobler was appointed as the academic coordinator of the Leiden LL.M. Programme in EC Law. She held this position until August 2002, when she was made lecturer in EU Law. From 1998 to 2000. Christa Tobler held a lectureship in gender law at the University of Basel. In October 2000, she was appointed associate professor at the Europainstitute at the University of Basel.
At present, Christa Tobler is professor of the law of European integration at the Europainstitute at the University of Basel (since 1 October 2005) and professor of European law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands (since 1 April 2007). In Leiden, she mainly teaches in the Master's program in "Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law". Prof. Tobler is a regular moot court judge for the European Law Moot Court-competition. She is a member of two of the European Commission's networks of legal experts in the anti-discrimination field (www.equalitylaw.eu/about-us) and of the editorial Swiss Review of International and European Law (www.szier.ch/). Christa Tobler is co-founder of the "EU LAW in Charts Project" (www.eur-charts.eu), which aims to contribute to a better understanding of EU law by employing graphic elements.