Dr. Andreas Meili

Areas of activity

  • Media law (online, TV, 
  • radio, mobile, print)
  • Telecommunications law
  • Advertising law
  • Company law, M&A
  • Contract law
  • Intellectual property rights
  • IT law


German, English, French


  • University of Zurich (1999 – 2001, Executive Management Program)
  • Harvard Law School (1995, scientific project in media law)
  • Bar exam (1991, admission to all Swiss courts)
  • University of Zurich (1990, Phd in Law/Dr.iur.)
  • University of Zurich (1989, Master in Law)

Professional experience

  • Lecturer at the Media Education Center/MAZ in Lucerne
  • Lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts/Centre of Cultural Law (ZHdK/ZKR)
  • Founding partner of Meili l Pfortmüller
  • Tamedia AG (2002 – 2007, Director of Electronic Media, member of the Executive Board)
  • Tamedia AG (1996 – 2002, Director of Legal Affairs)
  • Nobel & Hug (1991 – 1996, Associate)
  • Board member of Mediapulse (Swiss Research Foundation in the sector of electronic media)
  • Board of Directors of various companies – both in the media and other sectors


  • Executive MBA Alumni, University of Zurich
  • Board of the Swiss Forum for Communications Law (SF)
  • Association of German Publishing Lawyers (AVJ)
  • Swiss Lawyers Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Lawyers Association (ZAV)

Most notable publications and speeches

  • Medien im Spannungsfeld zwischen Justizöffentlichkeit und Persönlichkeitsschutz, medialex 11/2016
  • Medienrechtliche und medienethische Schranken für Online-Leserkommentare, medialex 11/2015
  • Freiheit zwischen Gucklöchern und Scheinwerfern. Persönlichkeitsschutz im digitalen Zeitalter, »NZZ 4. August 2015
  • Basle Commentary on Personality Protection Law, Art. 28 ZGB (5rd Ed., 2014)
  • Medialaw/Mediamarket, culture law/culture market Andrea F. G. Raschèr/Mischa Senn (publisher); Dickeverlag AG Zürich/St. Gallen (2012)
  • Genuine and bogus reasons for special regulation of the broadcast media: The way to a new federal law on radio and television, ZSR 2006 I 263 et seq.
  • Das schweizer Mediensystem im Wandel – Herausforderungen, Chancen, Zukunftsperspektiven, 22 Jahre Privatrundfunk in der Schweiz – eine Zwischenbilanz aus operativer Sicht, Matthias Künzler (Hrsgr.), Bern, 2005
  • Strategies for success in e-shopping (2001)
  • The law for the protection of secrets (Art. 293 StGB) in the light of new court practice, medialex 2000, 135 et seq.
  • The position of economic journalism in the conflict between freedom of speech and competition law, medialex 1998, 76 et seq.
  • Economic journalism as a comparative area of law (1996)
  • Unfair competition and the media: A plea for a media-friendly implementation of UWG, 
  • NZZ 17th/18th July 1993, 19 (with Dr. Peter Nobel)
  • Accreditation of journalists in public law at national and cantonal level (1990, Phd thesis)
  • Periodical reports on specific subject areas