Xenia Karametaxas

Xenia Karametaxas, Dr. iur.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer

Tel.: +41 (0) 44 634 30 88

Raumbezeichnung: RAI-G-097


Curriculum Vitae

Postdoctoral Researcher & Lecturer                               since December 2018

University of Zurich, Chair Law & Finance, Prof. Alexander

• Current research project: Towards a global regulatory framework
for sustainable finance
• Founding member of the Research Network for Sustainable Finance
(with Prof. Kern Alexander)
• Managing Editor of the DIKE Book Series “Contemporary Perspectives on Commercial and Financial Law”
• Teaching assignments:

- Spring semester 2021: Trade and Business Law
(exercises; in German; undergraduate level)

- November 2020: 'Regulatory Pathways for sustainable finance', guest lecture in the course International Capital Markets Law at the University of Geneva - Faculty of Law

- November 2020: 'Digital transformation and financial inclusion', guest lecture at the winter school of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU money law at the Univeristy of Siena, Italy

- Spring semester 2019 and 2020: Trade and Business Law
(exercises; in German; undergraduate level)


Ph.D. in Law summa cum laude                                                  December 2018

University of Geneva                                                              

Thesis: L’engagement des investisseurs institutionnel: perspectives et enjeux de la prise de décisions collectives (Institutional Investor Engagement: challenges and perspectives of collective choice mechanisms). In French


Doctoral Program Coordinator                                            since January 2017

Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale (CUSO)

Joint-organization of Swiss doctoral programs

• Teaching of the PhD training workshop:
“How to get your PhD project started?”
February 2019 and February 2020, University of Lausanne
(in English, with Prof. Evelyne Schmid)
• Program coordination; internal and external communication;
web content creation
• Financial management
• Editing and publishing of conference proceedings


Visiting Scholar                                                            August 2014 - June 2015

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law     


Research and Teaching Assistant                            March 2011 – March 2018

Department of Commercial Law, University of Geneva

Teaching assignments:
• Corporate law; economic analysis of law
• Master seminar in bankruptcy law
• Publishing of research papers and reports with
Prof. Rashid Bahar and Prof. Rita Trigo Trindade


Certificate in American Law                                                         January 2015

University of California – Berkeley (International and Executive Legal Education Program)


Certificate of Advanced Studies in Legal Professions                     July 2011

University of Geneva

Legal Counsel                                                              January-December 2010
AXA (legal protection insurance), Zurich

• Counseling in private law (family law; labor law; contract law)


Bilingual Master of Laws in Economic Law                           February 2010

University of Geneva & University of Basel


Bachelor of Laws                                                                     September 2008

University of Geneva


Deutsch (Muttersprache)

Französisch (fliessend)

Englisch (fliessend)

Spanisch (fliessend)

Griechisch (intermediate)


Edited Volumes:


Bahar Rashid/Kadner Graziano Thomas/Karametaxas Xenia (eds), Le droit comparé et le droit suisse, Schulthess, 2018.


Besson Samantha/Mausen Yves/Pichonnaz Pascal/Karametaxas Xenia (eds), Le consentement en droit, Schulthess, 2018.



Karametaxas Xenia, 'Sustainable Finance: Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Gesetzgebung der EU und der Schweiz', Krise, Ex/Ante, 01/2021


Book chapters:


Karametaxas Xenia (with Alexander Kern), Digital Transformation and Financial Inclusion, in: I. H-Y Chiu/G. Deipenbrock (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Financial Technology and Law, 2021, Chapter 15.


Karametaxas Xenia, 'The Role of Pension Funds in the Low-carbon Transition', in: R. Trigo Trinidade, R. Bahar & G. Neri-Castracane (eds.), Vers les sommets du droit (Schulthess Éditions Romandes) 365-378  


Karametaxas Xenia, Funding the Future: Sovereign Wealth Funds as Promoters of Intergenerational Equity, in: Cottier Thomas/Lalani Shaheeza/Siziba Clarence, Intergenerational Equity - Environmental and Cultural Concerns, Brill Nijhoff , 2019, 179-190.


Karametaxas Xenia, Sovereign Wealth Funds as Socially Responsible Investors, in: Adinolfi Giovanna/Baetens Freya/Caiado José/Lupone Angela/Micara Anna G. (eds), International Economic Law - Contemporary Issues, Springer International Publishing, 2017, 271-288.


Karametaxas Xenia (with Bahar Rashid), Commentary of articles 22, 23, 25 and 32 of the Ordinance against Excessive Compensation with respect to Listed Stock Corporations (OaEC), in: Tercier Pierre/ Amstutz Marc/ Trigo Trindade Rita (eds), Code des obligations II - Commentaire romand, Helbing & Lichtenhahn, 2017. (in French).


Karametaxas Xenia, Le droit de vote comme moyen pour renforcer la gouvernance d’entreprise, in: Meier P./Druckman K. (eds), Les difficultés économiques en droit, Schulthess, 2015, 277-292. (in French).


Karametaxas Xenia (avec Trigo Trindade Rita), Light vehicles à la mode suisse, in : De Cordt Y./Navez E.-J. (eds), La simplification du droit des sociétés privées comme réponse à la concurrence régulatoire entre les États membres de l’UE. Étude comparée des réformes entreprises dans le paysage sociétaire européen, Bruxelles : Bruylant, 2015, 375-395.


Karametaxas Xenia (with Bahar Rashid and Tawil Joël), Disclosure Duties: How does Swiss Law protect minority shareholders? in:  Heckendorn Urscheler L., Swiss Reports presented at the XIXth International Congress of Comparative Law 2014, Schulthess, 2014, 211-269.


Scholarships and Awards

• Professor Walther Hug Foundation – Award for PhD thesis     July 2020
• University of Zurich Research Talent Development Fund        July 2020

• University of Geneva and University of Zurich Joint Seed        July 2020
 Funding forCollaboration in Research and Teaching 2020               
• Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences             January 2020
Seed money for hosting a conference at the University of Zurich
on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
• Graduate Campus, University of Zurich                         December 2019
Travel grant for a research at the University of Oslo in 2020
• ‘Subside Tremplin’, University of Geneva           June 2016-January 2017
Award and mentoring program for young female researchers
• Swiss National Science Foundation                     August 2014-June 2015
Scholarship Doc.Mobility
• Boninchi Foundation                                    September 2014-May 2015
Mobility Scholarship
• Ernst et Lucie Schmidheiny Foundation       September 2014-May 2015
Mobility Scholarship


Further Distinctions

Special Rapporteur

at the International Academy of Comparative Law for the Asunción General Congress 2022 in Paraguay to report on the following topics:

- The social enterprise: a new form of the business enterprise?

- Green finance and protection of the environment: an efficient couple?