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Carl has enjoyed a distinguished career as a judge, university professor, arbitrator, consultant, author of legal and political publications, political advisor and speaker, in recent years with a particular emphasis on the legal implications of Brexit. A Swiss national, Professor Baudenbacher was the Liechtenstein Judge of the EFTA Court from 1995 and served as the Court’s President from 15 January 2003 to 31 December 2017.
He presided over 234 cases and was the Judge Rapporteur in many of the EFTA Court’s landmark decisions. He has advised members of HM Government and HM Shadow Government, members of both Houses of Parliament, the First Ministers of Wales and Scotland, members of the Irish Government and of the Government of Northern Ireland. He has furthermore given evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee and to the House of Commons‘ Exiting the European Union Committee.
From 1987 to 2013, Carl held the Chair of Private, Commercial and Economic Law at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). Between 1993 and 2005 Carl taught European and International Law as a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. From 1994 to 1995 he served as a member of the Supreme Court of the Principality of Liechtenstein. In 2007 he was a member of the Independent Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of the Events Surrounding the Hypo Group Alpe-Adria established by the Government of the Republic of Austria (‘Griss Commission’). Carl holds an honorary doctorate in economics from Leuphana University in Germany. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 Basler Zeitung named him as one of Switzerland’s most influential thinkers. In 2019 he became the first non-EU lawyer to be made an honorary member of the European Lawyers’ Union (U.A.E.).
An experienced legal expert and arbitrator, Carl has advised private clients as well as the Swiss Parliament, the Swiss Government, the Governments of the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Russian Federation, Israel and the Canton of St.Gallen. He is the author or editor of over 40 books and has written over 250 articles. His research activities encompass Swiss, European and International business and economic law.
Professor Baudenbacher resigned from the EFTA Court bench on 09 April 2018 and has selected Monckton Chambers as the ideal set from which to develop a UK practice. He is focusing on both the Continent and United Kingdom across the full spectrum of EEA/EU law, Swiss business law and certain aspects of German business law and involves consulting, litigation strategy, arbitration and speaking engagements.
Specialised experience and knowledge
Advising private clients and law firms
Advising Governments and Parliaments
Swiss Government, Swiss Parliament, Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Government of the Russian Federation, Government of Israel, Government of Iceland, HM Government and HM Shadow Government, both Houses of the British Parliament, First Ministers of Wales and Scotland, members of the Irish Government and of the Government of Northern Ireland, Government of Morocco.
Evidence given to the UK House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee and to the UK House of Commons‘ Exiting the European Union Committee, to the Foreign Committee of the Swiss National Council and to the Economic and Taxation Committee of the Swiss National Council.
Member of the Independent Commission of Inquiry for the Investigation of the Events Surrounding the Hypo Group Alpe-Adria established by the Government of the Republic of Austria (‘Griss Commission’), 2014.
Projects and cases
Presidential orders, inter alia, in Cases
EU and EEA law