Andrea Büchler joined the University of Zurich as Professor of Law in 2002. Her areas of research are: Family Law, Comparative Law, Islamic Law, Medicine and Law, Legal Gender Studies. She is the co-director of the Gender Studies Competence Centre of the University of Zurich as well as a Member of the scientific board of the new University Priority Research Programme "Asia and Europe" that she will co-direct from 2008. In 2003, she co-founded the Center for Family Sciences, a Switzerland-wide association which initiates, conducts and supports high-quality research in the field of the family. In 2007 she was awarded a fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin, for the academic year 2008-2009. Andrea Büchler earned her MA, Ph.D. and venia docendi in Private Law, Comparative Law and Gender Law between 1990 and 2002 at the University of Basle, Switzerland. Her recent activities include leadership of the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research project “Children and Divorce – Current Legal Practices and their Impact on Family Transitions” and the project “Legal Gender Studies – a commented list of sources” both financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNF, as well as research focused on legal pluralism in Europe and the publication of an extensive comment on the Swiss Federal Law on registered partnerships for homosexual couples. She is a member of a number of legal research networks and institutions both within and outside universities.