Dr. Schweizer received his doctorate in geography from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Kaunas, Lithuania and is a Visiting Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai. He spent more than 30 years as a diplomat in the Swiss foreign service, raising to the rank of Minister. He was Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland in Geneva to the WTO (World Trade Organization), EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and UNCTAD. During his career Minister Schweizer was posted as Swiss diplomat to South Africa, Saudi-Arabia, Turkey, Finland, Baltic States, and Spain. Drawing on his experiences and expertise, he has published numerous books and has taught in the area of Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy at the School of Management and Law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur. He is, therefore, in a privileged position to comment on the changing economic-legal landscape in Europe and the rest of the world, including some of its regional implications.