Dominique JakobUniversity of Zurich
Head, Center for
Foundation Law

    Dominique (Prof. Dr. iur., LL.M.) is Ordinary Professor for Private Law and Head of the Center for Foundation Law at the University of Zurich (UZH). He studied in Germany and in several other countries, and holds a master’s degree in international law from the University of Lund (Sweden) as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Munich. His postdoctoral (Habilitation) thesis is representative of his specialization in comparative and international foundation law. In 2007 he joined the law faculty of the University of Zurich, where he established the Center for Foundation Law in 2008 and an international conference, the Zürcher Stiftungsrechtstag, in 2010.

    His main fields of research are international estate planning and wealth management (including trusts), the legal framework of philanthropy as well as national, comparative, European and international foundation law. Dominique has authored numerous publications in several countries, acts as a member of advisory boards of various institutions, and is a well-known expert and sought-after advisor in the field of foundation and trust law for governments, financial institutes, companies, foundations, associations and private individuals.

    Dominique is one of the leaders in the field of foundation law. He can help you better understand the optimal structure for your philanthropic engagements and can solve specific legal problems that may arise.