Swiss Legal System
I.Facts and Figures
3.Federal Supreme Court
VIII.Publication of Federal Laws
1.Official Compilation (BGE)
The purpose of this chapter is to give an “introduction to the introduction” to Swiss Law. After the discussion of some facts and figures (I.) and a very short glimpse at the historical events that led to the founding of the Switzerland we know today (II.), the federal structure of the Swiss confederation (III.), the cantons (IV.), and the communes (V.) are explained in detail. Subsequently, the main features of direct democracy in Switzerland (VI.), the legislation process (VII.), the publication of federal laws (VIII.), and the citation and publication of the case law (IX.) are examined.
1For an excellent (official) introduction see: The Swiss Confederation – A Brief Guide, 2018, (https://perma.cc/YM59-ZMFK).