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Mr. Robert Zimmermann is a counsel of the firm and head of the administrative and public law department.

He has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of administrative law, including international judicial cooperation in criminal and administrative matters.

Before joining our firm, Mr. Zimmermann served as a judge at the Administrative and Public Law Court of the Cantonal Court of the Canton of Vaud for more than twelve years and thus enjoys considerable experience in public law.

Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur) of the University of Geneva, he previously worked as a court clerk at the Federal Supreme Court for more than fifteen years in the First Public Law Court of the Federal Supreme Court.

As a clerk and then as a judge, he was active in various areas of administrative law, such as construction and planning law, environmental law, rural land law and land improvements, tax law, public procurement law, general administrative law litigation, immigration law as well as road traffic law.

He is the author of more than 25 publications in various fields of public law and international judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

He also published the reference book “International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters” in 1999, (Stämpfli, Bern). The fifth edition was published in 2019.

He has also participated in numerous conferences, seminars and training courses as a speaker.

Mr. Robert Zimmermann is not member of the bar.

Mr. Robert Zimmermann can advise you in French, German and English and has a sound knowledge of Italian.

Qualifications, training and professional experience

Since June 2018

President of the Disciplinary Commission of the EPFL

From 01.01.2018

Counsel, Wilhelm Gilliéron Avocats, Lausanne

Since 2015

Substitute judge on the Intercantonal Appeals Commission for Lotteries and Betting, since 2015

2008 - 2017

Judge at the Administrative and Public Law Court of the Cantonal Court of the Canton of Vaud

From 2008

  • Judge at the Constitutional Court of the Canton of Vaud
  • Cantonal Judge in charge of judiciary police matters
  • Deputy judge at the Commission for Lottery and Betting Pleas

2005 - 2008

Judge at the Administrative Court of the Canton of Vaud

1989 - 2005

Clerk at the Federal Supreme Court, personal collaborator of the President of the 1st Public law court

1985 - 1989

Clerk at the Administrative Court of the Canton of Geneva

1980 - 1985

Research assistant at the constitutional law chair with Prof. Andreas Auer, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland

1986

Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur), University of Geneva, Switzerland

1980

Bachelor in Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Languages

French, English, German, Swiss-German, Italian

Membership

Association for the protection of the Leman Lake (ASL), Environmental law association (ADE), Swisscycling.

Publications

  • La coopération judiciaire internationale en matière pénale, Stämpfli, Berne, 1ère édition en 1999, 5ème édition en 2019, 1004 p.
  • Le contrôle préjudiciel en droit fédéral et dans les cantons suisses, thèse Genève 1986, Collection juridique romande, Payot, 1987, 311 p. (prix Bellot 1987)
  • Articles et contributions à des ouvrages collectifs
  • Droit suisse des sanctions et de la confiscation internationales, Sandrine Giroud/Héloïse Rordorf-Braun (ed), Schulthess, Zurich, 2020
  • Entraide administrative et entraide judiciaire en matière pénale ; délimitations, points de contacts, convergences et divergences, in: Etienne Poltier/Anne-Christine Favre/Vincent Martenet (ed), L’entraide administrative: évolution ou révolution ?, Schulthess, 2019
  • Les rapports entre l’entraide judiciaire internationale et la procédure pénale nationale, Semaine judiciaire 2018 II p. 1ss
  • Le juge saisi par les marchés publics (avec Isabelle Guisan), in: Jean-Baptiste Zufferey/Martin Beyeler/Stefan Scherler (ed), Marchés publics 2018, Schulthess, 2018
  • Opinion dissidente sur l’opinion dissidente, in: Mélanges en l’honneur de Claude Rouiller, Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Bâle, 2016
  • Questions procédurales liées à la confiscation internationale, in: Sandrine Giroud-Roth/Alvaro Borghi (ed), Confiscation internationale et Etat de droit, Genève/Lugano/Bruxelles, 2010.
  • Communications d’informations et de renseignements pour les besoins de l’entraide judiciaire internationale en matière pénale: un paradigme perdu ? PJA 2007 p. 62ss
  • Die neuere Rechtsprechung des Bundesgerichts zur internationalen Rechtshilfe in Strafsachen, in: Bernard Ehrenzeller (ed), Aktuelle Fragen der internationalen Amts-und Rechtshilfe, St Gall, 2005, p. 175ss
  • L’extradition dans l’espace judiciaire européen, in: Pierre-Henri Bolle/Heinz Steffen (ed), La criminalité financière, Actes du 60ème Cours international de criminologie, Bâle 2002, p. 151ss.
  • Droit de recours – quo vadis ? DEP 1996 p. 788ss.
  • Le Tribunal fédéral et l’autorisation préalable de construire, RDAF 1996 p. 281ss
  • Le Conseil économique et social genevois au regard de la séparation des pouvoirs, Semaine judiciaire 1995 p. 269ss
  • Les rapports de droit spéciaux dans la jurisprudence du Tribunal fédéral, in: Charles-Albert Morand (ed), La légalité: un principe à géométrie variable, Collection genevoise, Bâle, 1992.
  • Les recours, (avec Thierry Tanquerel) in: Charles-Albert Morand (ed), Droit de l’environnement : mise en oeuvre et coordination, Collection genevois, Bâle, 1992
  • Les exigences formelles à respecter dans l’élaboration des mesures prévues par l’ordonnance sur la protection contre les accidents majeurs, DEP 1992, p. 391ss
  • Le droit fédéral peut-il obliger les cantons à violer l’art. 4 al. 2 Cst. ?, RSJ 1989 p. 394ss
  • Premières expériences en matière de législation fédérale sur la protection de l’environnement (avec Jean-François Egli), DC 1989 p. 55ss
  • L’évolution récente du contrôle de la constitutionnalité des lois en droit genevois, RDAF 1988 p. 1ss.

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