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Measures taken by Switzerland to uphold international law: increased importance since the war in Ukraine

Measures against countries, organisations, and private or legal persons have assumed much more importance in Switzerland with the war in Ukraine.

Tenant eviction prevented!

Kanzlei König successfully contested in a civil proceedings that the notice issued on the basis of late payment pursuant to Article 257d of the Swiss Code of Obligations (OR; SR 220) was inadmissible. In its order of 23 May 2023, a court of first instance ruled that the eviction request of the landlord was not valid.

Termination of criminal proceedings by application of the principle of “in dubio pro duriore”

In February 2023, the Office of the Public Prosecutor ordered the termination of proceedings against an accused person, who had, in October 2022, been accused of contravening the traffic rules laid down in the Road Traffic Act (SR 741.01). The accused had been represented by the law firm Kanzlei König.

Construction objection allowed – municipality’s decision reversed

By a ruling of 15 December 2022, the cantonal appeals authority allowed a construction objection filed by Kanzlei König against a municipal construction project. The proceedings concerned the question as to whether the permitted building length for two planned multi-unit dwellings had been complied with. Kanzlei König argued that the two multi-unit dwellings should be regarded as one single unit, even though the project did not involve laterally attached construction. This meant that the permitted building length for the building project had been exceeded.

The uniquely Swiss “ad pondus” customs duty

Switzerland is the only member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that levies customs duties for industrial goods according to weight rather than value. This method for calculating customs duties is applied for historical reasons. No political efforts are currently being made to align the system for calculating customs duties with those used in other WTO member countries.

Appeal upheld – exclusion from course of study averted

In its decision of 13 July 2022, the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Economics of a Swiss university approved an appeal lodged by Kanzlei König. The appeal concerned a student’s exclusion from a course of study. The exclusion was ordered because the student had failed to submit an assignment on time. Kanzlei König submitted that the failure to meet the deadline was not the student’s own fault.

Exam passed!

In 2021/2022, Kanzlei König lodged an appeal to a federal authority on behalf of a student who had failed an exam in her vocational education and training course. During the appeal, it was found that formal and factual errors occurred during the marking of the exam. The exam result was revised to a passing grade in June 2022.

We’re celebrating “75 years of the Swiss School Rome”

The Swiss School Rome is celebrating its 75th anniversary – in the attendance of Federal Councillor Alain Berset.

Request seeking the launch of disciplinary proceedings withdrawn

In September 2021, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Law at a Swiss University requested the Rector to launch a disciplinary procedure against a student. Kanzlei König filed an objection and was able to obtain the withdrawal of the request by the Office of the Dean in November 2021.

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