Portrait University Advancement

Leny und Robert Hauser Fonds

The "Leny and Robert Hauser Fund" was set up as the last will of Winterthur jurist Dr. Robert Hauser at the University of Bern. The Fund's resources are used to support the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern.

"In grateful memory of my time as a lecturer at the University of Bern and my sister's studies at the same institution" is how the testator explained his decision to include the University in his testament. He bestowed part of his assets on the University which used these to set up a fund that is managed separately as a special asset. Seminars and doctoral theses in the Faculty of Law today receive funding thanks to the "Leny and Robert Hauser Fund". Born in 1921, Dr. Robert Hauser devoted his life to the field of law. Following in the tradition of the family, he studied law from 1940 at the University of Zurich and completed a doctorate there in procedural law. Following time spent at the University of Paris, he became a district attorney in the Canton of Zurich. He was co-publisher of a commentary on the Judicature Act. In 1969 he qualified as a professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Bern with a thesis on evidence by witnesses and on March 5, 1970 received authority to teach (venia docendi) for general criminal law and criminal procedural law. His career then took him to the University of St. Gallen and the University of Zurich, where he worked for many years as a professor and continued to publish tirelessly. The year 1978 marked a climax in the work of Robert Hauser with the publication of the entire Swiss criminal procedural law comprising 26 cantonal and two federal codes of criminal procedure. The book appeared in six editions by 2005. Robert Hauser published until reaching the ripe old age of 81. He was supported for many decades by his likewise unmarried sister who for 35 years kept his house, chauffeured and accompanied him on all his trips and kept his back free. She was a highly esteemed hostess and regularly attended concerts, operas and the theater with her brother.

Leny Hauser died in 2007 and Dr. Robert Hauser in 2011. We will cherish their honorable memory.