Switch Legal

For the education, research and innovation community: legal consulting with a focus on ICT law

We support you in all aspects of ICT law. Our experts prepare and review legal documents, conduct contract negotiations, and analyze ICT legal issues, providing specific recommendations for practical implementation. We also give lectures, participate in panel discussions, and conduct training and workshops.

Data protection law

Data is an important resource for universities and is becoming increasingly important. We advise universities on legal questions in that regard and give specific instructions.

Licensing rights

In every university software is used, this is associated with license obligations. We answer legal questions in this context and assist you in setting-up the internal policies for handling licenses. Moreover, we draft and review contracts with suppliers.

Telecommunications law

Universities are generally qualfify as providers of telecommunication services and are subject to the Telecommunications Act (TCA), the Federal Act on the Surveillance of Post and Telecommunications (SPTA) and the associated regulation (RPTA).

Intellectual property law

The higher education landscape is often faced with legal questions in copyright law (sometimes also in trademark, design and patent law).

Procurement law

Universities are often confronted with complex questions regarding procurement law. It is mostly unclear what legal basis is applicable and in many cases there is no consistent case law.

Mediator between ICT and the law

Benefit from our expertise straddling ICT and the law.

Competent and comprehensive advice

We give you efficient and competent advice, and we always keep the big picture in mind.

Always up to date

Benefit from the up-to-date expertise of our experienced Switch legal team.

Knowledge of the university landscape

We know the university landscape, are well networked and maintain trusting relationships.

High customer satisfaction

We always work to the utmost satisfaction of our customers. See for yourself.

Legal advice at a preferential price

As a foundation, we offer legal advice to the ERI community at a preferential price.

The report enables us to introduce the LoRaWAN technology on a clean legal basis. I would therefore like to work again with Switch Legal in the future

Armin Wittmann
Head of ID ICT Networks, ETH Zürich
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We urgently needed a privacy policy for a new project. The lawyer's expert advice and prompt communication took away a big worry. Many thanks for that.

Simonne Bosiers
Tutor Institute for Multimedia Production, FHGR

Due to Switch Legals university-specific expertise, we received professional advice in revising our basic legal documents. The collaboration was uncomplicated and the work was completed efficiently. Many thanks for the helpful collaboration.

Dr. Silvia Deplazes
Head of the Further Education Division, PHGR

In my opinion, the collaboration with Switch Legal was straightforward, pragmatic yet clearly structured. We were able to get into the subject very quickly because Switch is familiar with the regulatory environment and the technical aspects of the universities.

Oliver De Boni
Head of Strategic IT Management, Universität Zürich
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Nora Zinsli

General Counsel

Lic. iur., Lawyer/Attorney-at-law, LL.M., CIPP/E


Angelo Marchetta

Data Protection Officer & Senior Legal Counsel



Benedikt Saner

Senior Legal Counsel & PM Switch Legal

MLaw, Lawyer/Attorney-at-law


Dominik Valloni

Legal Counsel



Vera Pianezzi

Legal Counsel

MLaw, Lawyer/Attorney-at-law