Federal Office of Justice (FOJ)
The FOJ drafts bills relating to the main areas of law, including private law, criminal law, debt collection and bankruptcy law, international private law and public and administrative law.
The office also advises the other agencies of the Federal Administration on all legislative matters.
It is responsible for the supervision of the commercial register, the register of births, marriages and deaths, the land registry and the enforcement of criminal penalties, and also keeps the register of criminal convictions in Switzerland.
The office represents Switzerland at international level at the Strasbourg human rights bodies and in many others organisations and is the national agency in charge of cases of international child abduction. Il collaborates with foreign authorities in the spheres of judicial assistance and extraditions.Federal Office of Justice FOJ
State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
The State Secretariat for Migration SEM determines under what circumstances a person may enter Switzerland to live and work. It also decides who is granted protection from persecution. In collaboration with the cantons, SEM organises the accommodation of asylum seekers and the return of people who do not need protection to their country of origin. It also coordinates the integration of foreign nationals into Switzerland, is responsible at federal level for naturalising foreigners and works actively at international level to control migration movements.
Federal Office of Police (fedpol)
In Switzerland, security is primarily the responsibility of the cantons. In our globalised world, however, crime does not stop at borders. Indeed, crime today is becoming ever more complex, often affecting several cantons simultaneously and frequently having an international dimension.
Against this backdrop, fedpol, as Switzerland’s national police agency, plays a central role. It coordinates, analyses and investigates complex cases involving serious crime. And it provides vital infrastructures. Hence, fedpol is at the heart of policing in Switzerland and is the nexus to the country’s international partners.
Last modification 13.12.2022