Attorney-at-law and Mediator SBA
Founder and owner of alverlaw
Languages: English, French, German
– Chamber of Attorneys, Vaud, Switzerland
– Chamber of Attorneys, Stuttgart, Germany
– Authorized mediator, Cantonal court, Vaud, Switzerland
Training and diploma:
– Certificate for Mediators, Swiss Bar Association (2015);
– Konstanzer Schule für Mediation, Germany (2014);
– Second State examination/Qualification as a magistrate, Higher Regional Court (OLG) Karlsruhe (2000)
– First State examination (lic. iur.), Konstanz, Germany (1998)
– Studied German law, Swiss law, public international law and European law in Sarrebruck, Konstanz and Lausanne.
Carolin has been specializing in international law, including in the law of international organizations, the law of the international civil service, international humanitarian law and human rights since the early stages of her career. She also handles selected matters related to Swiss, German and European law. For her Swiss clients, she also handles the registration of trademarks and other intellectual property with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Trained as a magistrate and lawyer in Germany (Landgericht Konstanz), she has been based in Switzerland for many years and enjoys her world-wide radius of action.
Her activity as a mediator is based on the practice oriented training for mediators with the Konstanzer Schule für Mediation in Germany and an additional training received from the Swiss Bar Association (SBA).
Before founding her own law firm, Carolin has worked as an associate with Byrne-Sutton Bollen Kern, an internationally oriented law firm in Geneva.
She also has extensive experience in working with international and humanitarian organizations, having served as a legal adviser of the International Committee of the Red Cross/ICRC (2001-2006, headquarters and Iraq and Afghanistan); as an attaché of the Legal Service of the United Nations (UNOG, 2000); and as a trainee at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights/UNHCHR (1995).
Carolin is or has been a lecturer in public international law, human rights, international humanitarian law and the law of the international civil service (University of Konstanz, Zeppelin University, Folke Bernadotte Academy, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Peace Castle Schlaining).
She has worked as an academic assistant at the Chair of public law, public international law and European law, Prof. Dr. Heinrich Wilms (†), University of Konstanz (2000-2001), and as a student assistant at the Chair of public law, international law and European law and Research Centre for Immigration and Asylum Law of Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Kay Hailbronner at the University of Konstanz (1996 – 1998).
Born and raised in Germany, Carolin holds Swiss and German citizenship. Of multicultural interests, she has travelled various countries, including in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and the United States. She lives near Geneva in Switzerland.
– Co-author of “Customary international humanitarian law”, Volume I Henckaerts/Doswald-Beck/Alvermann/Dörmann/Rolle and Volume II Henckaerts/Doswald-Beck/Alvermann/Cotroneo/Grand/Rolle , Cambridge University Press (2005);
– Contributor to a Commentary on the law of the European Union (Heinrich Wilms und Kay Hailbronner, “Recht der Europäischen Union”, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2002)
As a boutique law firm, we specialize in our branch of law and place a particular emphasis on the personal and trustful relationship with our clients. We stand for the personal commitment of and the client’s direct access to the attorney/mediator.
In matters outside of our area of practice we draw from our network of colleagues and external experts.
In case we have a conflict of interest and cannot therefore take a mandate, we are able to recommend very able and trustworthy colleagues.