Legal research implies the methodical, deliberate, systematic analysis of law as a complex of rules that aspire to a binding nature enforceable by the state. University jurisprudence is aimed first at the analytical and systematic acquisition of the applicable law (legal doctrine). Second, it searches for academic insight that focuses on the fundamental understanding of law, the development of law, the application of law, and legal knowledge in connection with social, economic, political, and cultural change.

Freedom of Research and Guiding Principles of Research

Research at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich is committed to the principle of academic freedom. In accordance with the principles of academic excellence, it pursues the effective dissemination of knowledge, internationalization, and interdisciplinarity.

Research Priorities

Apart from the individual research priorities that each researcher chooses as part of their academic freedom, the Faculty of Law has stipulated the following faculty research priorities:

  • Internationalization and Europeanization of law
  • Conflict management
  • Fundamental research into legal history and legal theory
  • Business law
  • Human rights, the constitutional state, and democracy
  • Law, medicine, and health

Research and Continuing Education

Our Faculty is one of the largest faculties of law in the German-speaking area and is one of the leading faculties for research in Europe thanks to its academic breadth and excellence. It complies with the University’s social responsibility to pass on the fruits of this research to legal practice and pick up new ideas for research in contact with all the areas in which lawyers are employed. The Faculty of Law's continuing education programs comprise both areas of applied research and basic research:

The Faculty of Law’s continuing education programs

Rules of Good Academic Practice

Honesty and reliability are the basic conditions of scholarship. To safeguard these preconditions, two ombudspersons are nominated, who are called in if there are doubts about the integrity of individual studies or researchers:

The Faculty of Law's ombudspersons