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Switzerland: Regulation on Proximity Tracing App Pilot Adopted

(May 18, 2020) On May 13, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council­—the Swiss government—­adopted a temporary regulation that sets out rules for the organization, operation, processing of data, and use of the “Swiss Proximity-Tracing-System” (Swiss PT-System, SPTS) for the duration of the pilot project. (COVID-19 Regulation on Proximity Tracing Pilot art. 1.) The SPTS will notify people […]

Switzerland: Prohibition on Sexual Orientation Discrimination Will Apply Starting July 1

(Apr. 30, 2020) In its session of April 3, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council, the country’s government, decided that a prohibition on discrimination due to sexual orientation will enter into force on July 1, 2020. The necessary amendments to the Criminal Code and the Military Criminal Code had been adopted by the Swiss Parliament on December 14, […]

Switzerland: Videoconferencing in Civil Trials Authorized due to COVID-19

(Apr. 27, 2020) On April 20, 2020, a regulation entered into force that temporarily amends Switzerland’s rules of civil procedure to enable the resumption of court proceedings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Regulation Justice and Procedural Law (COVID-19 Justice Regulation) establishes general rules for the conduct of proceedings and temporarily allows the use of […]

Switzerland: Government Adopts More Stringent Measures to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 16, 2020) On March 13, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council­—the Swiss government—­adopted a second regulation that aims to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19 in Switzerland, reduce or prevent the risk of transmission, protect especially vulnerable people, and safeguard the capacities of Switzerland to cope with the epidemic. Of particular concern is ensuring […]

Switzerland: Government Prohibits Mass Events to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

(Mar. 2, 2020) On February 28, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council—­the Swiss government—­met in an extraordinary session and adopted a regulation that aims to prevent or contain the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland, reduce or prevent the risk of transmission, and protect especially vulnerable people and those with a heightened risk of infection. The […]

Switzerland: Swiss Voters to Decide on Initiative for Democratic Control over War Material Exports

(Aug. 28, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Swiss government announced that the popular initiative called the “Against Weapons-Exports to Regions Affected by Civil War (Correction-Initiative)” has achieved the required 100,000 signatures to be put to a vote. The initiative seeks to increase democratic control over the regulation of war material exports by inscribing the fundamental […]

Switzerland: Consultation Process on Marriage Equality Proposal Concludes

(Aug. 26, 2019) On June 21, 2019, the Federal Assembly—the Swiss parliament—concluded the consultation process on the parliamentary “Marriage for All” initiative, through which interested parties, in accordance with the Federal Act on the Consultation Procedure and the Decree on the Consultation Procedure, were able to voice their opinion on the Draft Revision of the […]

Switzerland: Parliament Takes Significant Step Toward Adopting Paid Paternity Leave

(July 3, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the Swiss Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung), the Swiss parliament, took a significant step toward adopting paid paternity leave provisions. The Swiss Council of States (Ständerat), the upper chamber of parliament, agreed to a parliamentary initiative that would introduce two weeks of paid paternity leave. (Parlamentarische Initiative SGK-SR. Indirekter Gegenentwurf […]

Switzerland: Rules on Accelerated Asylum Procedures Enter into Force

(Apr. 19, 2019) On March 1, 2019, new rules on accelerated asylum procedures entered into force in Switzerland. (Press Release, Bundesrat [Federal Council], Starting on March 1, 2019: New, Accelerated Asylum Procedures (Feb. 28, 2019), Federal Council website (in German); Asylum Act, June 26, 1998, SYSTEMATIC COLLECTION OF LAWS 142.31, art. 24, arts. 26b–26d, Federal Council website (in German).) The […]

Switzerland: Voters Reject Popular Initiative on Giving Swiss Constitution Explicit Precedence over International Law

(Dec. 17, 2018) On November 25, 2018, Swiss voters rejected by a vote of 66.2% to 33.8% a popular initiative known as the “Self-Determination Initiative.” Voter turnout was 47.7%. (Vorlage Nr. 624. Vorläufige amtliche Endergebnisse. Volksinitiative vom 12.08.2016 “Schweizer Recht statt fremde Richter (Selbstbestimmungsinitiative)” [Proposal No. 624, Preliminary Official Results: Popular Initiative of Aug. 12, 2016 “Swiss Law […]