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Faculty of Law Lehrstuhl Fiocchi

Juristische Zeitgeschichte / Contemporary History of Law

Pariser Friedenskonferenz
(ltr) David Lloyd George, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Georges Clemenceau und Woodrow Wilson at the Paris Peace Conference 1919.



Spring Semester, Wednesday 12:15-13:45 (from 20.02.2019 to 29.05.2019)

No lesson due to the Easter holiday: 24 April 2019

The lesson of 10 April will take place on 11 April from 8:15-9:45 (RAI-H-041)


Lesson of 8 May (13:00-13:45)

 Prof. Santiago Legarre (Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina): "Why Comparative Constitutional Law?"

Language of the course




Office hours for students

Every Tuesday from 16:00 to 18:00 (room RAI-H-097)

Please take note that the office hours on Tuesday 21 May will alternatively take place on Monday 20 May (16:00-18:00)

Office hours in April:

11 April, 10:00-11:15

12 April, 16:00-18:00

16 April, 14:30-16:30

No office hours during the easter break and on 30 April

Students who cannot come during office hours can write an email for an alternative appointment.

Previous knowledge expected from students

Basic knowledge on legal history (level of BLaw UZH).

Content of the course

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference (1919). The Conference convened on the 18th of January 2019, two months after the end of the First World War (1914-1918), and set the new legal order of that time. One of the results of the Conference was the establishment of the League of Nations with the aim to prevent war, maintain peace and develop international cooperation in the economic and political sphere. The special focus of this semester’s course is the analysis of the creation of the international legal order, focusing on the universal attempts and efforts for the construction of a peaceful world society in a legal historical perspective.

The course particularly draws attention towards the time from the 16th to the 20th century, scrutinizing the general theories of the modern state and the creation of the international law system. The complex and contradictory relations between violence and law, war and law, race and law, the economy and law and finally the (in)equality of men under the law will be addressed. The course will outline the legal consequences of these aforementioned entanglements, interactions and collisions and will subsequently analyse how these consequences relate to the nature and construction of the social order from a historical perspective.

Reading of primary sources combined together with a critical reconstruction of law and examining the works of jurists in their historical context will form part of the course.

Aim of the course and learning outcomes

After the successful completion of this course students are able to understand the social and cultural mechanisms of law in their historical contexts; to comprehend and critically explicate the ways in which law structures state systems and operates within international systems and therefore; to understand, discuss and explain how some concepts become «legal», and to analyse their fundamental influence on the social order from a historical perspective.


Sources and related materials will be distributed during the lessons and uploaded together with the slides. Please find slides and related material on OLAT

  • Marcel Senn / Lukas Gschwend, Rechtsgeschichte II – Juristische Zeitgeschichte Zürich/Basel/Genf, 3. Auflage 2010, limited to: Introduction/Einführung and Kapitel I (p. 1-48); Kapitel III (p. 73-112); Kapitel  IV (p. 113-148); Kapitel VI (p. 187-227).