Dr. iur. Gieri Bolliger
, executive director of TIR, is an attorney-at-law and has been working for TIR since 2000. He took over management of the foundation in 2007.
After he published his dissertation on European Animal Law in 2000 (summa cum laude), he became known well beyond Switzerland. Since then, he has worked as an editor, author and co-author and has published twelve books, including "Das Tier im Recht - 99 Facetten der Mensch-Tier Beziehung von A bis Z" (2003), the guidebook "Tier im Recht transparent" (2008), the short commentary "Schweizer Tierschutzstrafrecht in Theorie und Praxis" (2011, fully revised edition in 2019), the monograph “Sexualität mit Tieren (Zoophilie) - eine rechtliche Betrachtung” (2011), and the English book "Animal Dignity Protection in Swiss Law - Status Quo and Future Perspectives" (2016). In addition, he has published various expert opinions and over 200 articles on national and international animal welfare law.
In 2013, Gieri Bolliger was the first non-American lawyer to complete the postgraduate "Master of Animal Law" (LL.M.) at the renowned Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland (Oregon/USA). In 2014/2015 he was also the first "International Visiting Research Scholar" at CALS. In 2020, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Moreover, he has held a teaching position for animal welfare law at the University of Zurich since 2005. He has also taught animal welfare law at the law schools of Lucerne, Barcelona, and Portland and has given regular speeches on the legal aspects of the human-animal relationship at countless conferences and training events in Switzerland and abroad.
For many years now, Gieri Bolliger has been writing about animal welfare law in various print media on a freelance basis. From 1999 to 2009, he was also a member and animal welfare delegate of the Zurich Animal Testing Committee and, from 2011 to 2015, of the Zurich Animal Welfare Committee. Together with the entire TIR team and further experts, he is currently working on a comprehensive legal commentary on the Swiss Animal Welfare Act.Curriculum vitae, list of publications, speeches and interviewsPortraits and interviews (in German)