Professor Thomas Kadner Graziano
Professor (University of Geneva), Dr. iur. (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), habil. (Humboldt-Universität Berlin), LL.M. (Harvard)
Thomas Kadner Graziano studied law at the Universities of Frankfurt and Geneva, and comparative law and/or languages at the universities of Salamanca, Strasbourg, London and Trento (Italy). He holds a doctoral degree from Goethe-University Frankfurt, an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School, and a professorial degree from Humboldt-University Berlin. He is full-time professor of law at the University of Geneva (since 2001), acts as Director of the Programme on Transnational Law (CTL/CDT) and Director of the Department of Private International Law, and teaches (since 2015) as regular visiting professor to KU Leuven.
He has previously worked as a faculty member of the DUKE-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law (2004, 2010) and has held numerous visiting professorships, teaching comparative law at the Universities of Potsdam, Poitiers (2006), Florida (2006, 2007-08, 2008, 2010), Exeter (2007-08), Kaunas (VMU, 2009, 2013, 2014), Vilnius (MRU, 2014), Lausanne (2015), Renmin (People's) University of China (Beijing and Suzhou, 2016, 2019), Notre Dame University (USA, London Campus, 2020), and has taught classes on comparative law and methodology at the Universities of Johannesburg (2015), Luxemburg (2016, 2017), Leiden (2019) and Saint-Etienne (2019).
Thomas Kadner Graziano acted as a member of the Swiss delegation at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and as a member of the Working Group and Drafting Committee on International Contracts at the Hague Conference. He is fellow at the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL, Vienna), is one of the founding members of the European Association of Private International Law (EAPIL), is member of the Council of the European Law Institute (ELI), and acts for the European Law Academy (ERA, Trier) and the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN). He has worked as expert on private international law and comparative law for the European Parliament, foreign governments, and in international proceedings, e.g., before the UN Security Council’s Compensation Commission, the London High Court, in Central Europe and the Middle East.
His main fields of research include comparative contract and tort law, Swiss, European, and comparative Private International Law, and international litigation. He publishes in English, French and German.