09 March 2015
On Monday 2 March, Ms Maria Schnebli joined Eurojust as the first-ever Liaison Prosecutor for Switzerland.
Ms Schnebli graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in law. After internships with different branches of the Judiciary System of the Canton of Zurich, and a position as scientific collaborator of criminal law at the University of Zurich, she became a member of the Bar of the Canton of Zurich in 1998. In 2002, Ms Schnebli obtained an LL.M. from the University of Zurich and the Institute for European Studies.
From 1998 to 1999, she served as Assistant Examining Magistrate at the Examining Magistrate’s Office IV for the Canton of Zurich, dealing with international MLA and money laundering, and as Examining Magistrate from 1999 to 2001.
Ms Schnebli joined the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland in 2001 as a Federal Prosecutor.
From September 2012 until her secondment to Eurojust, Ms Schnebli served as Head of the Competence Centre for International Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters at the Office of the Attorney General (AG) of Switzerland In that function, she was responsible for a team of federal prosecutors, deputy and assistant federal prosecutors as well as administrative staff. She was personally in charge of executing incoming MLA requests to the Office of the AG, advising other departments of the Office of the AG on outgoing MLA requests, and advising the AG on matters of international cooperation. Ms Schnebli also conducted national criminal investigations in complex cases of money laundering, organised crime, corruption and terrorism.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Schnebli stated: ‘I have been closely involved in the work of Eurojust since its foundation in 2002 in my capacity as the operational contact point at the Office of the AG. I am very pleased and feel honoured to be the first Liaison Prosecutor for Switzerland. My experience as a prosecutor in MLA as well with complex criminal investigations should serve as a good basis for my responsibilities here. I hope to bring many more cases involving Switzerland to Eurojust and to make Eurojust, with its excellent potential, well known to Swiss prosecutors on all levels. I look forward to learning more from my colleagues about judicial cooperation in the European Union.’
On the basis of Article 27(3) of the Eurojust Decision and Article 6 of the Cooperation Agreement between Eurojust and Switzerland, signed in November 2008, Switzerland may second a liaison prosecutor to Eurojust. Eurojust and Switzerland agreed on the secondment of a Liaison Prosecutor to Eurojust in 2014.
Liaison Prosecutors facilitate judicial cooperation between the competent authorities of the Member States and third States concerned. In 2014, Switzerland was involved in 10 coordination meetings at Eurojust.
Photo © Eurojust. Photo of Ms Schnebli in high resolution available from Eurojust.