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Prof. Dr Corinne Zellweger-Gutknecht


Corinne Zellweger-Gutknecht is a professor of private law, financial market and monetary law at the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences and a Privatdozentin holding a venia legendi in private and civil procedure law, financial market law and comparative law from the University of Zurich Faculty of Law where she teaches monetary law. Previous to joining the Kalaidos Law School faculty, she was an associate professor at the University of Geneva.

Corinne serves an adviser to authorities of the Confederation such as the SNB and FINMA. Her ongoing research concerns predominantly the area of monetary law, cybercurrencies and digital legal tender.


Cryptocurrency; central banks, legal framework for issuance, holdings, transfers and insolvency situations regarding digital assets


  • Adviser to the Working Group on Digital Innovations of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) regarding legal issues relating to digital currencies
  • Adviser to the Swiss Government’s blockchain/ICO working group (Federal Office of Justice) regarding the legal framework for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (a consultation proposal is to be published by the end of March 2019)
  • Adviser to the Swiss National Bank (SNB)
  • Adviser to the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) regarding sovereign money (Vollgeld); Central Bank Digital Currency and reserves for all; hybrid forms such as reserve backed deposits with commercial banks and FinTech companies


  • Spring term 2019: Monetary law (6 ECTS; module offered in the Master's degree programs at the Faculty of Law), including the regulatory regime in private and public law for cryptocurrency; the legal structure of stable coins
  • Spring term 2018: Monetary law (6 ECTS; module offered in the Master's degree programs at the Faculty of Law), including blockchain-based initial coin offerings


Developing the Right Regulatory Regime for Cryptocurrencies and other Value Data, in: David Fox and Sarah Green (eds.), Cryptocurrencies in Public and Private Law, Oxford University Press 2019An unedited version (August 29, 2018) is available at SSRN:

Supervised PhD Theses

  • Enz Benjamin, Kryptowährungen im Lichte von Geldrecht und Konkursaussonderung (accepted by the Zurich Law Faculty in March 2019; to published in the publication series «Zürcher Studien zum Privatrecht»)

Related Lectures

  • January 22, 2019; Cryptocurrencies, UZH-UNSW Sydney Winter/Summer School on Law and Technology, University of Zurich, Zurich
  • November 13, 2018; Vermögensrecht im Wandel: Berechtigung, Transfer und Verkehrsschutz im Zeitalter von Bitcoin und Blockchain, Schweizer Verband der Richter in Handelssachen (SVRH), Zurich
  • October 26, 2018; Virtuelle Währungen und andere Wertdaten - Versuch einer vermögensrechtlichen Einordnung, Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgruppe Blockchain, Zurich
  • June 15, 2018; Vermögenswerte und Zahlungsvorgänge auf der Blockchain, St.Galler Bankrechtstag, Zurich
  • July 7, 2017; The issue of digital currencies by state central banks (and what private law might learn from it), St Hilda's College, Oxford
  • May 26, 2017; Legal tender and central-bank issued currency, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London
  • March 13, 2017; Digital Currencies: Questions, Analysis of Legal Issues and Initial Answers, Symposium esisuisse/EFDI/UZH-UFSP Finreg, Zurich
  • November 3, 2017, Central Bank Digital Currencies – An Outline of Legal Issues, Swiss Monetary Law Forum, Zürich

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