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Faculty of Law Lehrstuhl Fiocchi

Resistance, Revolution and Independence: Between Law and History

I. Topics

How does a revolution come about and what is its impact politically and legally? What is the right of resistance and how has it developed and shaped itself throughout history? What are the factors that lead to independence? And how does a territory become legally independent from a national and international perspective?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed in the seminar through a historical, legal and comparative perspective.
We will be accompanied by Professor Adam Bosiacki (University of Warsaw, Warsaw). For the topic of the Master/Bachelor thesis write an email to:


II. Academic Requirements

Writing a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis and presenting it at the seminar is required. In addition, active participation in the discussions of other participants’ papers is expected. The oral performance will be factored into the final grade.


III. Place and Time

The seminar will take place at the University of Zurich. Room and dates (2 days) are to be determined.


IV. Proceeding of the Seminar

The seminar will be held in English. Each day consists of presentations of student papers and ensuing discussions.


V. Admission

Students can be at the Bachelor’s or Master’s levels. Students from other faculties are also welcome. It is possible to write the thesis in German or in English.


VI. Master Thesis/ Bachelor Thesis

Students have the option to write a Master’s thesis or Bachelor’s thesis. The seminar expects to present the research results and potential future directions.


VII. Application and Registration

Please apply by this link


VIII. Thesis Deadline

The final date to submit the thesis will be on the 10.12.2023.