Professorship in Legal Tech


The University of Zurich is seeking applications for a

Professorship in Legal Tech
to take effect from the beginning of the Spring Semester 2021 (1 February 2021), or by arrangement.

The position is to be filled by an academic with an outstanding legal track record and excellent knowledge of information technology, whose research focuses on the impact of digital technologies in the field of law. Proof of exceptional qualification is to be provided in the form of an outstanding dissertation, a completed or near-completed habilitation thesis (or equivalent), and additional publications.

Applicants may be specialised in private law (including civil procedure law), criminal law, public law or commercial law, or have an in-depth focus on the foundational principles of law. Specialisation is also desirable when it comes to the applicant’s technical expertise. This could be in such fields as artificial intelligence (in particular machine learning) or distributed ledger technology (in particular blockchain technology). In addition, knowledge of the strategic and operational aspects of the business models of participants in the transforming legal market is desirable.

Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, the professorship will take the form of a full or associate professorship. A temporary tenure-track assistant professorship is possible if the applicant’s habilitation thesis addressing the intersection between law and digitalisation is at an advanced stage but not yet completed. In all cases, the professorship will ultimately be a full-time position. It is, however, possible for the employment level to be reduced to 70% for a transitional period of no more than three years.

If an excellent application is submitted, particularly from countries or regions (such as French-speaking Switzerland) that do not require a habilitation thesis to be completed, the requirement for habilitation can be waived if comparable achievements are demonstrated. Applicants must have an excellent level of English in order to publish in international journals and teach in English. Applicants without a Swiss background must be willing to familiarise themselves with Swiss law within a reasonable amount of time and, if necessary, attain the necessary level of German.

The University of Zurich strives to increase the representation of women in research and teaching, and therefore specifically encourages qualified female academics to apply.

Further information relating to this job profile can be found at

If you have any questions

The relevant member of the appointment committee, Professor Florent Thouvenin
(, is available to answer any questions and provide further information.

Please submit your application documents as specified in the job profile by 6 September 2020 via You may be requested to submit hard-copy documents separately at a later point.

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