About us

ex ante is the journal for young legal academics in Switzerland and will be launched in 2016 (two editions a year). All information about this project can be found here.


ex ante publishes articles from all fields of law twice a year.

ex ante, the new journal for young legal academics is the successor of the «Schriftenreihe der Assistierenden der Universität St. Gallen» («Schriftenreihe») which celebrated its ten year anniversary in 2015. This called for a change. Like its predecessor, ex ante is a platform for young researchers to publish their research and ideas. As such this journal strives to follow in the footsteps of the Schriftenreihe and fosters aspiring legal scholars in Switzerland.

This new format comes with new possibilities. Every edition focuses on one main topic which is analysed from various legal areas and perspectives. However, authors now have the opportunity to complement the topical (longer) pieces with independent, shorter pieces according to their research interests as well as reviews of court decisions or commentaries and alike. While our first edition (summer 2016) focuses on «Energy» as the main topic, the winter edition of ex ante is devoted to «Life Sciences».

ex ante is published twice a year by Dike Verlag (and is available on Swisslex) and for our launch the first two editions will be distributed to all current subscribers of the «Aktuelle Juristische Praxis» (AJP) free of charge.


Your article is edited by our team.

Stephanie Bernet


Stephanie Bernet studied Law at the University of Berne and finished her Master’s degree in 2011. After successfully completing her internship at RVBS Partner, a law firm in Aarau, she commenced her positions as a research assistant in public law at the University of St. Gallen in 2012. Currently, Stephanie is writing up her PhD thesis in the field of curricula («Lehrpläne») under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ehrenzeller.

Kaspar Ehrenzeller


Kaspar Ehrenzeller studied Law & Economics at the University of St. Gallen. He is a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ehrenzeller. In his doctoral thesis, Kaspar specializes in constitutional law (Herstellung praktischer Konkordanz).

Nadia Kuzniar


Nadia Kuzniar studied Law at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and graduated in 2016. She is currently writing her doctoral thesis in the field of torts. Furthermore, she is a research assistant to Prof. Vito Roberto.

Roman Schister


Roman Schister studied Law and Economics at the University of St. Gallen. As a PhD candidate he specializes in contract law, and works as a research assistant at the Chair of Private, Commercial and Business Law of Prof. Dr. Vito Roberto. During his studies, Roman was also highly committed to his work for the students magazine of the University of St. Gallen, «prisma».

As an author you get valuable feedback from our expert committee.

All articles published in ex ante are double-blind peer reviewed by an expert committee. The members of the committee are renowned experts in their fields. Most of them work as a full professor at a Swiss law school.

The expert’s feedback is sent to the author. The authors then have the possibility to make adjustments to their texts before submitting the final version of the article. Only this version will be relevant for the decision whether the article is published or not.