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International Libel and Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers, 3rd Edition by Charles J. Glasser, Jr.

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Chapter 25

Switzerland

Rolf Auf der Maur

VISCHER

VISCHER

Schützengasse 1

P.O. Box 6139

CH-8023 Zurich

Switzerland

Phone: +41 (44) 254 34 00

Fax: +41 (44) 254 34 10

www.vischer.com

ram@vischer.com

Introduction to the Swiss Legal System

The Swiss legal system is a civil law system with roots in the German and French legal traditions. The organization of the Swiss legal and court systems is characterized by Switzerland's federal structure. The power to legislate in civil law (including civil procedure law) and penal law (including criminal procedure law) matters is attributed to the Federation. Hence the core legal rules relating to libel law are codified in federal statutes. Yet the 26 cantons, the federal states of the Swiss Confederation, ...

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