Master Theses

Supervision of Master Theses

Prof. Thouvenin supervises master theses as part of the seminars offered, which can be found in the current course catalog and on the chair's website. If you are interested in writing a master thesis as part of a seminar, please refer to the information provided on the corresponding chair's website regarding registration and topic proposal.

Additionally, and depending on the available capacities, you may request to write an independent master thesis (in principle in German or English). Thematically, the master thesis should address legal issues in the fields of "Information and Communication Law,” "Intellectual Property Law" or "Competition Law" (Federal Law Against Unfair Competition, “UWG”).

You may send any such request to the chair (, which shall include the following documents:

  • title of the planned master thesis,
  • synopsis (half an A4 page of continuous text), outlining the research question / thesis,
  • detailed disposition,
  • number of planned ECTS credits,
  • indication of the semester in which the work is to be credited,
  • planned deadline.

Provided that there is sufficient capacity and the submitted documents meet our requirements, both in terms of topic and quality, we will be pleased to invite you to a first meeting at the chair (unfortunately, due to the current situation, the meeting will be held online / on the phone) to discuss the disposition and research question / thesis as well as to clarify any open questions.

Based on the submitted documents and the first meeting, a decision will be made as to the supervision of the master thesis.

If Prof. Thouvenin decides to supervise the master thesis, a Master Thesis Agreement will be signed.

ECTS Credits

According to the new framework regulation, master theses can solely be awarded 12 ECTS credits. If the master thesis is written as part of a seminar, the student is required to give a presentation during the seminar, which will be considered in the overall assessment. Thus, the scope of a master thesis written as part of a seminar is smaller compared to an independent thesis.

Maximum Number of Characters (including spaces):



Master thesis as part of a seminar


Independent master thesis



The specified number of characters only refers to the main text (without footnotes). The title page, the indexes and the Declaration of Originality are not considered in the count.

Please refer to the information in the following document:

Guidelines Legal Writing (PDF, 138 KB)


The following formatting guidelines are mandatory:

  • Line spacing: 1.5 lines
  • Page spacing right: 4 cm
  • Typesetting: Justification with hyphenation
  • Format: A4

Submission of the Master Thesis

The master thesis shall be submitted to the chair by e-mail ( as a PDF and Word and by the agreed deadline at the latest. The Master Thesis Agreement and Declaration of Originality must be submitted as originals to: University of Zurich, Institute of Law, Chair Thouvenin, Rämistrasse 74/49, CH-8001 Zurich.