Ambassador Dr. Luzius Wasescha

- born 13th June 1946
- citizen of Savognin - Grisons – Switzerland
- married to Thu-Lang Tran Wasescha
- private address: Avenue de la Forêt 5, 1202 Genève
- phone office: 00 41 22 919 42 00

Present activities

  • Special adviser of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the implementation of the customs agreement between Georgia and the Russian Federation
  • Chairman of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva (Fondation pour Genève)
  • Chairman of the FSPI (Swiss Forum of International Policy)
  • Chairman of Natural Park PARC ELA (Graubünden)
  • Chairman of the board of the World Trade Institute, Bern
  • Teaching at Universities of St. Gallen, Bern, Luzern and Geneva


01.07.1980degree of Dr in law (University of Lausanne)
1971lic.iur. (University of Lausanne)
1953 - 1968schools in Bern, Montreux and Lausanne


German, french, English, Italian

Additional activities

  • Information activities (list of publication on request)
  • Training as a resource person for UNITAR in Palestine (1997), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan (1998) and Tajikistan (1999, 2000) and at the IDLI-Institute (Rome)
  • Teacher at IFZ (Institut für Finanzdienstleistungen, Zug) (since 1999)

Former professional experiences

  • Delegate for Trade Agreements, Ambassador, member of the board of seco, responsible for WTO, OECD, EFTA-third countries relations and Export controls
  • Head of the Swiss negotiating team in WTO
  • Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the WTO and EFTA (UNCTAD, ECE/UNO, ITC) (April 2007 – July 2012)
  • Chairman of the Negotiating Group on Market Access (NAMA) WTO (October 2008 – July 2012)
  • Chairman of the Trade Committee of OECD (2001-2005)
  • Chair and member of several WTO-panels (dispute settlement)
  • Coordination of Swiss governmental information policy in the field of biotechnology
  • Deputy of the Department for World Trade, including WTO
  • Strategy and Coordination of WTO Affairs in SECO (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs)
  • Negotiations between Switzerland and the EU (public procurement, energy market liberalization)
  • Head of the Swiss Delegation to the ENERGY CHARTA TREATY (1997-1999)
  • Coordinator of the implementation of the UR results in Switzerland (1994-1996)
  • Coordinator of the Swiss Delegation in the Uruguay Round Negotiations (1986-1994)
  • Initiator of the Swiss project of special training courses for countries in transition (1990)
  • Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the GATT (1983-1986)
  • Chairman of the Subsidy Committee of GATT (1986-1987)
  • Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the Economic Commission for Europe of the UN (1982-1983) and in this capacity coodinator of the Western Caucus at technical level
  • Legal adviser in the Integration office (bilateral relations Switzerland-EU, 1980-1982)
  • Activities in the private sector (1971-1980)


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