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Vita of Prof. Dr. iur. utr. Brigitte Tag

Brigitte Tag

Education: After graduation in public management Brigitte Tag studied law at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, Germany, where she also obtained her with summa cum laude awarded doctorate degree iuris utriusque.

Following her postgraduate studies on diverse aspects of criminal law, medicine and medical ethics at the University of Heidelberg she gained her venia legendi in criminal law, criminal proceedings and medical law.

From April 2000 to September 2002 Brigitte Tag was acting as visiting professor at the Humboldt University Berlin, as interim professor at the Technical University Dresden and as private lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Between 1990 and 2002 Brigitte Tag was also private lecturer to junior lawyers at the district court of Mannheim in the field of labor law and criminal law.

Responsibilities University of Zurich: In October 2002 Brigitte Tag was appointed as full professor at the faculty of law of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. From 2014 to 2020 she was member of the Board of the Faculty of Law, from 2014 to 2016 Brigitte Tag chaired as Vice Dean Education, from 2016 to 2020 she acted as Dean of the Faculty of Law. From 2006 to 2012 she was voted to be delegate of the professorate at the counsel of the University of Zurich (UZH) and from 2008 to 2015 she acted as President of the Gender Equality Commission. She is investigating Person in suspicious cases of sexual harassment; Program Director of the PhD “Biomedical Ethics and Law, Law Track (BmEL Law Track)” and Chairwoman of the Management Board, Center of Competence Medicine-Ethics-Law Helvetiae (MERH).

Membership in panels, boards: Brigitte Tag is member of the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK-CNE); member of the Appraisal Committee, Swiss Medical Board; member of the Steering Committee, National Research Program NRP 67, End of Life, Swiss National Science Foundation. She is trustee of the Synapsis-Foundation, trustee and president of the Swiss Foundation of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; etc.

Active memberships in scientific societies, Attorney of Law: Brigitte Tag is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg, Austria; member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS); of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (and it`s Human Rights Committee), Halle, Germany; of the Academia Europea, London, UK; Academy of Ethics and Medicine, Germany; Association of Swiss Jurists; Association of German Jurists; etc. In addition to this she still maintains her position as an attorney of law, admitted to the Frankfurt a.M. Higher Regional Court (OLG), Germany. Since March 2021 she is a member of the election commission for military judges.   

Awards: In 1996 she was awarded with the “Prize for Best Teaching of the German Federal State Baden-Württemberg”, Germany; in 2009 with the “Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching” UZH; and in 2011 a tribute for multiple nomination for the „Award for Best Teaching, UZH”.  

Research and current projects: Her main research interests and her fields of expertise are as follows: criminal law, criminal proceedings, medical law, medical ethics, protection of the autonomy, questions at the beginning and the end of life, handling of human bodies, parts of the body and substances of human origin, treatment of the corpse, white-collar crime and labor criminal law, comparative law, interdisciplinary communication and questions of university politics.

as of March 2022.

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