Vergangene Veranstaltungen

Terrorism and the Decline of Liberalism (public lecture) / Human Rights in Contemporary Conflicts (joint workshop) 

Prof. emeritus Mordechai Kremnitzer (Hebrew University Jerusalem and Israel Democracy Institute) gave a public lecture on December 12, 2019, 19:30 at KOL G 217 EV, main building, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich.

The lecture was part of the joint workshop "Human Rights in Contemporary Conflicts" with the Hebrew University Jerusalem and Free University Berlin, which was held at the University of Zurich, from December 12 - 13, 2019. 

The joint workshop was generously supported by the Graduate Campus.

Program workshop HRCC 2019 (PDF, 719 KB)

Flyer (public lecture) (PDF, 115 KB)

Please contact youlo.wujohktsang(at) for further information.


Konferenz "Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in the Age of Reemerging Nationalism - Are They Really Justified?"

21./22. November 2019, Universität Zürich

If extraterritorial application of human rights shall be realized and implemented in practice, it seems necessary to return to addressing the foundational question of their justifiability as well as counter arguments that promote a territorial limitation of states’ human rights obligations. By combining legal and philosophical perspectives, this is the aim the conference hoped to achieve.

Keynotes von u.a.:

  • Prof. Mark Gibney, University of North Caroline-Asheville
  • Prof. Sigrun Skogly, Lancaster University
  • Prof. Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham
  • Prof. Veronique Zanetti, Universität Bielefeld
  • Prof. Matthias Mahlmann, Universität Zürich
  • Prof. Tilmann Altwicker, Universität Zürich
  • PD Dr. Franziska Martinsen, Leipzig Universität Hannover / Käte Hamburger Kolleg Bonn

Programm und weitere Informationen: Konferenzprogramm (PDF, 6 MB)

SVRSP Rousseau Lectures 2019 - Droit et Littérature 

Vom 13. bis 15. November 2019 findet an der Universität Genf die zweite Ausgabe der SVRSP Rousseau Lectures statt. Mehr Informationen zum Programm können Sie dem Veranstaltungsflyer (PDF, 536 KB) entnehmen.

Joint Workshop FU Berlin / UZH: Grundrechte und ihre Konkretisierung in bereichsspezifischen Dogmatiken

Call for Abstracts FU Berlin / UZH:

Grundrechte und ihre Konkretisierung in bereichsspezifischen Dogmatiken (PDF, 115 KB)

Gemeinsamer Workshop mit der Freien Universität Berlin vom 15.-16. November 2018.


SVRSP Rousseau Lectures 2017

Prof. John Mikhail (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.)

"The Sense of Justice, Private Interest, and Public Duty in the Age of Trump" 

15. - 17. November 2017, Universität Zürich

Podcasts der Veranstaltung:

Lecture I - Rawls, Rousseau, and the Sense of Justice - 15.11.2017

Lecture II - The Sense of Justice in the Age of Trump - 16.11.2017




Tages-Anzeiger: Interview mit John Mikhail

UZH News: Die Idee der Gerechtigkeit im Zeitalter von Trump

ZS: Rousseau in Zürich

Programm:  (PDF, 545 KB)

SVRSP Rousseau Lectures 2017, Broschüre (PDF, 545 KB)

Die Schweizerische Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie möchte mit den SVRSP Rousseau Lectures einen Beitrag zur gesellschaftlichen Verständigung über Grundfragen von Recht, Staat, internationaler Ordnung und Gerechtigkeit leisten. In Zeiten weitgehender politischer Verwerfungen in demokratischen Verfassungsstaaten und einer tiefen Krise der internationalen Rechts- und Friedensordnung ist es wichtig, sich der Grundlagen von Rechtsordnungen zu vergewissern, um sie gegen offene Feinde oder Gleichgültigkeit verteidigen zu können.

Prof. John Mikhail (Georgetown University, Washington D.C.) ist in einer zweiteiligen Gastvorlesung zum Thema «The Sense of Justice, Private Interest, and Public Duty in the Age of Trump» auf solche fundamentalen Fragen eingegangen und hat diese in der Gegenwartsdiskussion der Rechtsphilosophie eingegangen. Die Vorlesungen haben ideengeschichtliche Akzente gesetzt und gleichzeitig substantielle Fragen der Gegenwart aufgegriffen.

Mit Beiträgen von:
Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval, Universität Zürich
Dr. Dr. h.c. Gret Haller, alt Nationalrätin und Publizistin
Dr. Anne Kühler, Universität Zürich
Prof. Dr. Lutz Wingert, ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Simone Zurbuchen Pittlik, Universität Lausanne

Unterstützt von: Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Zürich, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds, Mme Marie Gretler Stiftung, Temperatio Stiftung, ZUNIV, Socrethics Stiftung

Bei der Veranstaltung handelte es sich um die Premiere der SVRSP Rousseau Lectures, welche zukünftig alle zwei Jahre an verschiedenen schweizerischen Universitäten stattfinden werden. Die nächste Durchführung ist 2019 an den Universitäten Genf und Lausanne geplant.

Die Vorlesung war ebenfalls Teil der Langen Nacht der Philosophie am 16. November 2017:

Gastvortrag von Prof. Stephen J. Morse

Law & Neuroscience: Hope or Hype?


The discovery of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which permits non-invasive imaging of brain function, was an immense scientific breakthrough that seemed to create the possibility of previously unimaginable understanding of the relation between brain function, mind and behavior. Legal academics and lawyers, especially within criminal law, were quick to embrace this new technology. Some thought new discoveries might cause profound changes in legal doctrine and practice and perhaps even revolutionary reforms. This talk addresses the current state of law and neuroscience and suggests that legal changes based on neuroscience have been few to date and that contributions for the foreseeable future will be modest.

Gastvortrag Plakat (PDF, 510 KB)

Donnerstag, 2. März 2017, 18 Uhr

Hörsaal KOL-F-121, Hauptgebäude, Universität Zürich


Am 26. und 27. Januar 2017 fand im Hörsaal KO2-F-152 ein Kolloquium statt, an dem Assistierende und Doktorierende der Lehrstühle von Herrn Prof. Dr. Matthias Mahlmann, Herrn Prof. Dr. Lutz Wingert und Herrn Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther laufende Projekte vorstellten und diskutierten.

Programm Kolloquium (PDF, 159 KB)

Guest Lecture by Prof. Dr. J. Christopher McCrudden, 18.11.2015: "Human Rights Histories: Genesis, Validity and Ideology"

The history of human rights is a rapidly expanding scholarly discipline. One of the central academic debates among historians of human rights is to seek to ac-count for the origin and spread of human rights. Central questions are: How far does current human rights practice demonstrate continuity or radical discontinu-ity with previous attempts to secure rights? Is the history of human rights of foundational importance for their legitimacy? Are human rights nothing but a recent piece of normative ideology, destined to fade away in a future beyond rights?

Flyer (PDF, 193 KB)

Room RAI-H-041, 6 pm

Lecture Series "Constitutional Reform and Social Change in Asia and the Middle East: Law, Politics and Theory"

Constitutional reforms are being discussed and/or implemented in different regional contexts today. These endeavors develop in a context of increased transnationalization of norms and orders. Yet, they also vary from one region to the other. Furthermore, while debates on constitutional reform do not always lead to concrete changes of the Constitution they can evoke the emergence of new constitutional interpretations and lead to the transformation of norms. This lecture series aims therefore at inviting experts in the field of constitutional reform to present constitutional debates in different regional settings (namely Japan, India and the Middle East) and to analyze ensuing political transformations, normative changes and emerging new discursive patterns.

For more information, please see the Website of the URPP Asia and Europe Websiteand the preview in the "UZH news"-section.

Flyer (PDF, 620 KB)

Prof. Dr. Chibli Mallat, University of Utah / Saint-Joseph University, Lebanon, 17.03.2015: "2011 and the Middle East Challenge to World Constitutionalism"

In the lecture, Professor Chibli Mallat presents the most challenging themes to constitutionalism in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. He will discuss in particular: religion in the constitution, the sectarian conundrum, civil society and the state, and the (Swiss) model of rotating executive. These themes are examined extensively in his new book, Philosophy of Nonviolence: Revolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice beyond the Middle East, Oxford University Press 2015.

KOL-F-117, 18.15 - 20.00


Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Nishihara, Waseda University, 28.04.2015: "Zwischen anspruchsvollen Erwartungen vom Staat und Repräsentationsdefizite: Warum akzeptieren viele Japaner den LDP-Entwurf der anti-freiheitlichen Verfassungsrevision"

Since about the start of this millennium, the political movement in Japan has been enlivened by efforts to revise its democratic Constitution, striving towards an emperor led totalitarian military State. The Japanese population that enjoyed its freedom and peace during the second half of the 20th century, does not show much reluctance to the new supporters of restoration. In order to better explain this contradictory phenomenon, I will analyze the peculiar mode of reception of democracy by the post-war Japanese and its current consequences.

KOL-F-117, 18.15 - 20.00

Prof. Dr. Arun Thiruvengadam, National University of Singapore, 07.05.2015: "Assessing the Social Rights Jurisprudence of India: Perspectives from Constitutional Theory and Comparative Law"

In recent years, there has been considerable debate in the field of comparative constitutional law on the issue of social rights and their enforcement by the judiciary in particular. This talk will engage with these debates by focusing on the record and experience of the Indian judiciary in enforcing the social rights provisions of its Constitution. The Constitution of India contains several provisions relating to social rights, many of which are housed in a part of the text that is expressly stated to be 'non-justiciable.' Over time, however, the Indian judiciary has, through a process of creative interpretation, mandated that the executive and legislature take proactive steps towards the implementation of these rights provisions. The talk will focus on this process, which has been the subject of considerable controversy but has, over time, gained the qualified support of progressive communities in India. The talk will focus on cases from the early 1980s through to more recent cases in the new century, and will also cover the scholarly literature in India and abroad that has developed around these issues. Finally, the talk will seek to draw contrasts and comparisons with the approach to social rights taken by judiciaries in South Africa and Colombia in particular.

KOL-F-117, 18.15 - 20.00


IVR Weltkongress 2019

Informationen zum XXIX. Weltkongress der Internationalen Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie, welcher vom 7. bis 13. Juli 2019 in Luzern stattgefunden hat, können Sie über folgenden Link abrufen: Website IVR Congress 2019