Raphael Dessemontet practises the Bar since 2005. After obtaining his license equivalent to a LL.M at Fribourg University in 2002, he was awarded a PhD degree in 2005 for his dissertation “Consortium Contracts and their Termination in Swiss Law” which he wrote under the direction of Professor Pierre Tercier. He acquired an international education through a LL.M. at McGill University.
Besides corporate Law and construction and real estate Law with which he got familiar during his doctorate and his practise in an international law firm, Raphael is also at ease with contract Law. He wrote on Obligation Law in the “Abrégé de Jurisprudence”, a yearly digest of cases. He enriched his experience in contracts by working as a secretary for several Arbitral Tribunals in ad hoc or institutional proceedings. He also gives classes on Obligation, Company and Labor Law to candidates to the Swiss federal diploma of specialist in finance and accounting.
Raphael also enjoys working on intellectual property. He had the opportunity to work as an assistant for the publication of the intellectual property case reports of the “Journal des Tribunaux” law review. He assisted in rendering about thirty Arbitral sentences in OMPI procedures on domain names and participated in a European wide research on patents in small and medium enterprises. He also gave classes on IP to the students of the Fribourg School of Multimedia and Arts. He was responsible for the Intellectual Property cases digest of the “Abrégé de Jurisprudence”, and now teaches Intelelctual Property Law at the School of Business and Engineering Vaud, a branch of the Univeresty of Applied Science.
Raphael’s mother tongue is French. He speaks fluent English and good German.