Daniel Jositsch

Daniel Jositsch
Personal details
Born (1965-03-25) 25 March 1965
Nationality Swiss
Political party Social Democratic Party of Switzerland
Children 1
Residence Stäfa[1][2]
Alma mater University of St. Gallen
Occupation Prof. Dr. iur. (Lehrstuhl für Strafrecht und Strafprozessrecht) at the University of Zürich,[3] law historian and writer
Profession Professor for penelogy
Website jositsch.ch (German)

Daniel Jositsch (born 25 March 1965 in Zürich) is a Swiss politician, member of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SP), representing the canton of Zürich in the Swiss Council of States in the legislatur periode 2016–2020.


Born in the municipality of Zürich, Jositsch grew up in the Limmat Valley and is citizen of the municipality of Geroldswil in the canton of Zürich. He studied law at the University of St. Gallen. In 2004 he qualified as a professor at the University of Zurich, and was appointed as Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal auxiliary sciences. In 2012 Jositsch was promoted by the university council to full professor.[4]

In spring 2007 Jositsch was elected as a member of the SP Zürich in the parliament of the Canton of Zürich, and since October 2007 he was a member of the Swiss National Council.[4] In the first round of the 2015 Council of States elections in the canton of Zürich, Jositsch won the majority, and for the first time since 32 years, a SP politician will represent the canton of Zürich in the Swiss Council of States (Ständerat).[5][6]

Personal life

Daniel Jositsch is divorced and father of a son born in 2004.[2][7] He was in a relationship with Chantal Galladé.

The SP said on occasion of Jositsch's nomination as candidate for Ständerat that he comes from a Jewish refugee family. My great-grandfather came from Ukraine to Switzerland in the 19th century, Jositsch explained on occasion of an interview, his Jewish roots are important...I feel connected to this tradition. Although the Judaism does not define his everyday life, but as a parliamentarian I take myself to the interests of the Jewish minority.[2] End of October 2015 Jositsch announced to stand for the five-person chairmanship of the Israelitische Cultusgemeinde Zürich (ICZ), the largest Jewish community in Switzerland,[8] on 2 December 2015. The candidacy is a private commitment without a professional or political context.[9]


  1. "SP Kanton Zürich" (in German). Sozialdemokratische Partei der Schweiz. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  2. 1 2 3 Matthias Scharrer (2015-09-19). "Daniel Jositsch ist exakt vom Frühstück bis zum Strafrecht" (in German). Limmattaler Zeitung. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  3. "Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut – Lehrstuhl Jositsch" (in German). University of Zurich. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  4. 1 2 Susan Boos and Kaspar Surber (2007-11-22). "Die Linke und der Ruf nach dem Sheriff" (in German). WOZ Die Wochenzeitung 47/2007. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  5. "Triumphzug, Abwahl, Neuer Prozess" (in German). Schweiz aktuell. 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  6. Matthias Scharrer (2015-10-18). "Daniel Jositsch Wir müssen mehr zusammenarbeiten" (in German). Limmattaler Zeitung. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  7. "Biografie" (in German). Daniel Jositsch. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  8. Reza Rafi (2015-10-25). "Daniel Jositsch sucht neues Engagement" (in German). Sonntagszeitung. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  9. Gisela Blau (2015-11-27). "Vor den Wahlen" (in German). Tachles. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
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