Universität Basel
Juristische Fakultät

Lebenslauf - PD Dr. iur. Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, J.D., Attorney at Law


Citizenship: Switzerland (since 2002), United States of America

Birth: 2 July 1968 in Normal, Illinois, USA

Civil Status: Married to Markus C. Schefer; two children (born 1999 & 2002)

Work Experience

Fall Semester 2009 – continuing

SNF Professor – Law Faculty
Universität Basel, Peter Merian-Weg 8, 4002 Basel
Funded professorship for international economic law; research project on positive duties in international law

Fall Semester 2006/2007-June 2009

Instructor – Law Faculty
Universität Basel, Peter Merian-Weg 8, 4002 Basel
Teach course on the law of the World Trade Organization

Spring Semester 2002-present

Instructor – EuropaInstitut
Universität Basel, Gellertstr. 27, Postfach, 4020 Basel
Teach course on World Trade Organization law and the European Communities

Fall Semester 2000-present

Instructor – Institut für Europa- und Wirtschaftsvölkerrecht
Universität Bern, Hallerstr. 6, 3012 Bern
Teach course on the international regulations governing the use of natural, financial, and human resources

Sept. 1995-present

Instructor – World Trade Institute
Universität Bern, Hallerstr. 6, 3012 Bern
Co-teach one-week intensive course on the history of international trade regulation and introduction to WTO

August 2007-August 2009

Expert Advisor, Trade and Human Rights Project – World Trade Institute
Universität Bern, Hallerstr. 6, 2012 Bern
Lead independent research project on trade liberalization and corruption within SNF NCCR

December 2005-July 2007

Alternate Leader on Trade and Human Rights Project – World Trade Institute
Universität Bern, Hallerstr. 6, 2012 Bern
Co-lead research project in the framework of a SNF National Center for Competence in Research grant


Instructor – Fachhochschule beider Basel
Peter Merian-Strasse 86, Postfach, 4002 Basel
Taught introduction to international treaty law and World Trade Organization law

February-March 2002

Visiting Professor – University of Florida School of Law
425 W. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, Florida
Taught course Trade Sanctions for Non-Economic Purposes

Sept. 1995-June 2000

Research Fellow („Assistentin“) – Institut für Europa- und Wirtschaftsvölkerrecht
Universität Bern, Hochschulstr. 4/Hallerstr. 6, 3012 Bern
Assist with law school lecture preparation and presentation in courses on international trade topics and on negotiation; research and writing of articles and exper opinions

mid-November 1998-March 2000

Associate – Baker & McKenzie, Geneva
6 Rue Bellot, 1206 Geneva
Attorney for international WTO Group; research and drafting of texts and memoranda

Dec. 1997-May 1998

Associate Editor – World Trade Forum, vol. 1: State Trading in the 21st Century
Institut für Europa- und Wirtschaftsvölkerrecht, Bern
Editorial work on manuscripts for collection of articles in book form, including preparation of photo-finish copy for publication house

June-Aug. 1995

Advisor – Bundesamt für Aussenwirtschaft und Industrie
Bundeshaus Ost, 3001 Bern
Developed a proposal for Swiss position in the World Trade Organization on how multilateral environmental agreements should be treated in the World Trade Organization’s legal framework (Special Project)

Oct. 1993-June 1994

Legal Researcher – Lauence J. Ochs, Esq.
The Law Office of Laurence J. Ochs, 1748 N. St., NW, Washington, DC  
Short-term legal research projects for independent general practitioner; wrote legal memoranda on various questions of real property, contract, and statutory law

May-Aug. 1993

Research Assistant – Professor Edith Brown Weiss
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Researched topics of international environmental law and drafted chapters of textbook for professor of international environmental law

Professional Memberships

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, American Society of International Law

Member, Society of International Economic Law

Stipends Received

Schweizerische Nationalfonds, Föderungsprofessur (2009-2013)

Funded professorship and research project, „Positive Duties of States and Non-State Actors in International Law“

Schweizerische Nationalfonds, Forschungsbeitrag zur Lebensunterhalt (2000-2006)

Grant to support research on the topic “Trade Sanctions for Non-Economic Purposes”; result of research was a book submitted as an Habilitationsschrift in July 2007


Bern, Switzerland  15 May 2008

University of Bern

Habilitation (venia docendi in: international law; international economic law; U.S. law)

Habilitationsschrift: Law Supporting and Law Creating Trade Sanctions and WTO Law

Bern, Switzerland  June 1995-June 1998

University of Bern
Doctor of Law, magna cum laude

„International Trade in Financial Services: The NAFTA Provisions and Their Effects on Banks“

Washington, D.C.  September 1991-May 1994

Georgetown University Law Center

Juris Doctor

Chicago, IL  October 1987-June 1990

University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts, With Honors (Political Science)

Bachelor of Arts, With Honors (Public Policy Studies)

Wellesley, MA  August 1986-May 1987

Wellesley College

Dean’s List (1986-1987)

Training Courses

25-26 August 2006

“Media Training for Academics” MAZ – Die Schweizer Journalistenschule, Luzern, Switzerland

12-15 December 1997

„The Future of Legal Education“ University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

15-21 September 1996

„Legal Education in the 21st Century“ Oxford University, Oxford, UK

17-19 June 1996

„Negotiating Effectively“ Management Centre Europe, Brussels, Belgium


English (mother tongue)

German (fluent)

Spanish (basic)



Letzte Änderung: 26.01.2011