Brigitte Tag was born in Lucerne (Switzerland), grew up in Germany and attended academic high school in Tuttlingen (Baden-Württemberg). After qualifying as a “Diplomverwaltungswirtin” she studied law at the Ruprechts-Karls-University of Heidelberg where she also obtained her with summa cum laude awarded doctorate degree iuris utriusque in white-collar crime. Following her postgraduate studies on diverse aspects of criminal law, medicine and medical ethics at the Ruprechts-Karls-University of Heidelberg she gained her lecture qualification, the venia legendi in criminal law, criminal proceedings and medical law with the postdoctoral thesis „Der Körperverletzungstatbestand im Spannungsfeld zwischen Patientenautonomie und Lex artis".
From April 2000 to September 2002 Brigitte Tag was working as visiting professor and a colleague lecturer at the law faculties of the Humboldt-University of Berlin, the Technical University of Dresden as well as the University of Heidelberg. Between 1990 and 2002 Brigitte Tag was also lecturer to junior lawyers at the district court of Mannheim in the field of labour law and subsequently in criminal law.
In October 2002 Brigitte Tag was appointed as professor ordinarius at the law faculty of the University of Zurich. From September 2006 until July 2012 she was voted to be delegate of the professorate at the counsel of the University of Zurich and from August 2008 to March 2015 President of the Gender Equality Commission. She is investigating Person in suspicious cases of sexual harassment, Programme Director of "PhD, Biomedical Ethics and Law", Law Track (BmEL Law Track), member of the Executive Committee of the Competence Centre Medicine – Ethic – Law Helvetiae (MERH). In addition to this she still maintains her position as an attorney in Germany. Since August 2016 she acts as Dean of the Law faculty of the University of Zurich.
Awards / Memberships: In 1996 she was awarded with the “Prize for Best Teaching of the German Federal State Baden-Württemberg”, in 2009 with the “Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching” University of Zurich and in 2011 a tribute for multiple nomination for the„Lehrpreis UZH“. In May 2010 Prof. Tag was admitted a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, since August 2010 member of the commission 'The National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics' (NEK-CNE) and since October 2013 a member of Leopoldina, Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, part section 'Pathology and Forensic Medicine'.
Research and current projects: Her main research interests and her fields of expertise are as follows: criminal law, criminal proceedings, medical law, medical ethics, protection of the autonomy, questions at the beginning and the end of life, handling of human bodies, parts of the body and substances of human origin, treatment of the corpse, white-collar crime and labour criminal law, sponsorship problems, comparative law, interdisciplinary communication and questions of universitary politics.