EIL 03: How to Build a Successful International Law Practice with Xavier Obseron
Swiss law professor Xavier Oberson discusses with host Dr. Katrina Burrus the experiences and challenges to which he now attributes his successful international law practice.
- What made you so well known?
“Expressing your knowledge in a simple way. Taking a niche market aspect of law and developing it to an international level. I like to entertain and teach. Playing music, teaching and speaking at conferences is entertainment. I do it in a humble and entertaining way, but with good content, and I use anecdotes to teach.”
- What was the most difficult time in your career and how did you overcome it?
“I went to Harvard Law School and I was nobody there. Nobody knew me there. I was among other very smart people. This was the best professional decision I took. It opened my mind. You do not take anything for granted. It humbles you because you meet very intelligent people. After that experience, I developed the firm internationally.”
- What does it take to advise the Swiss government?
“You need the skills of a professor, of a negotiator and be able to entertain.”
Who is Xavier Oberson?
Xavier Oberson is a Professor in Swiss and International Tax Law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After his studies at the University of Geneva, he obtained his law degree and his Doctorate in 1990. He then pursued graduate studies and research at Harvard Law School, where he also completed the International Tax Program (ITP) in 1992.
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