Robert Zimmermann

Mr. Robert Zimmermann is a counsel of the firm and head of the administrative and public law department.

He has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of administrative law, including international judicial cooperation in criminal and administrative matters.

Before joining our firm, Mr. Zimmermann served as a judge at the Administrative and Public Law Court of the Cantonal Court of the Canton of Vaud for more than twelve years and thus enjoys considerable experience in public law.

Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur) of the University of Geneva, he previously worked as a court clerk at the Federal Supreme Court for more than fifteen years in the First Public Law Court of the Federal Supreme Court.

As a clerk and then as a judge, he was active in various areas of administrative law, such as construction and planning law, environmental law, rural land law and land improvements, tax law, public procurement law, general administrative law litigation, immigration law as well as road traffic law.

He is the author of more than 25 publications in various fields of public law and international judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

He also published the reference book “International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters” in 1999, (Stämpfli, Bern). The fifth edition was published in 2019.

He has also participated in numerous conferences, seminars and training courses as a speaker.

Mr. Robert Zimmermann is not member of the bar.

Mr. Robert Zimmermann can advise you in French, German and English and has a sound knowledge of Italian.

Qualifications, training and professional experience
Since June 2018President of the Disciplinary Commission of the EPFL
From 01.01.2018Counsel, Wilhelm Avocats, Lausanne
2008-2017Judge at the Administrative and Public Law Court of the Cantonal Court of the Canton of Vaud
From 2008- Judge at the Constitutional Court of the Canton of Vaud
- Cantonal Judge in charge of judiciary police matters
- Deputy judge at the Commission for Lottery and Betting Pleas
2005-2008Judge at the Administrative Court of the Canton of Vaud
1989-2005Clerk at the Federal Supreme Court, personal collaborator of the President of the 1st Public law court
1985-1989Clerk at the Administrative Court of the Canton of Geneva
1980-1985Research assistant at the constitutional law chair with Prof. Andreas Auer, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland
1986Doctor of Laws (Dr. iur), University of Geneva, Switzerland
1980Bachelor in Law, University of Geneva, Switzerland


French, English, Swiss-German, German, Romanian


Association for the protection of the Leman Lake (ASL), Environmental law association (ADE), Swisscycling.

Robert Zimmermann

Robert Zimmermann


Areas of expertise

  • Public procurement law
  • Judicial cooperation in criminal matters
  • Construction law
  • Planning and environmental lawn
  • Administrative and public law
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