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Chair for Private Law and
Director of the Center for Foundation Law, University of Zurich
Phone: +41 (0)44 634 15 76
Curriculum Vitae (full version)
Curriculum Vitae (English version) (PDF, 92 KB)
Prof. Dr. iur. Dominique Jakob, M.I.L. (Lund), is Professor of Private Law at the University of Zurich (UZH). He studied law in Augsburg, Munich, and Lund (Sweden), and holds a Master’s degree in international law from the University of Lund (Sweden) and a Ph.D. from the University of Munich. His postdoctoral (habilitation) thesis, entitled "Schutz der Stiftung - Die Stiftung und ihre Rechtsverhältnisse im Widerstreit der Interessen" (Protection of the Foundation - The Foundation and its Legal Relationships in the Conflict of Interests), is representative of his specialization in comparative and international foundation law. He was appointed as Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich in 2007, upon which he founded the “Center for Foundation Law” (www.zentrum-stiftungsrecht.uzh.ch) in 2008, and established an international conference, the “Zurich Day of Foundation Law”, in 2010. In 2022, he was appointed the Delegate of Foundation Law of the University Executive Board of the University of Zurich.
His main fields of research and practice include national and international foundation law (with a focus on Swiss, Liechtenstein, and German relations) as well as international estate planning and asset structuring (including trusts). He is the author of numerous publications in Switzerland and abroad, and a sought-after speaker at international conferences. Dominique Jakob also sits on the board of various institutions, and serves as independent counsel to governments, financial institutions, companies, foundations, associations, families, and private clients.
Dominique Jakob is a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL), the International Wealth Advisors Forum, the German Society of International Law, and the German Association of Civil Law Professors, among others. His international practice has been recognized by American Lawyer/Legal Week through his consecutive election as a member of the “Private Client Global Elite” since 2017.