Wilhelm Rauch

Head of legal department, Federal Office of Sports, Switzerland

Wilhelm Rauch

Wilhelm Rauch, 1961

Wilhelm Rauch studied law at Berne University, Switzerland and passed the Bar exam in the canton of Berne in 1987.

Since 2007 he is head of the legal department at the Federal Office of Sports in Switzerland.

His responsibilities include the legislation on promoting of sport, the application of this legislation as well as the data protection legislation on sports. He’s also a lecturer for sports law at Swiss Federal Institute of Sports Magglingen.

He was member of the drafting groups for the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and for the new Swiss Gambling Act.

Previously he worked as a lawyer and consultant in different positions:

  • City of Thoune: Responsible for the Revision of the Law on Employees of the City of Thoune and the implementation of a new salary system (1988 – 1990);
  • Federal Department of Economy: Jointly responsible for the legislation and implementation of a civilian service in Switzerland and setting up the executive bodies (1991 – 1998);
  • Owner of a law firm in Burgdorf Switzerland (1995 – 2007);
  • Chair of a Leases and Rents Tribunal (1997 – 1999);
  • Federal Department of Economy: Member of the Federal Commission for admission to civilian service (1998 – 2002).

Presentations at Play the Game conferences:

Limits to autonomy? The Olympic family under Swiss legislation - Play the Game 2015

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