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Faculty of Law Lehrstuhl Fiocchi

History of Environmental Law

I. History of Environmental Law

When was environmental law born? What does sustainability mean from a legal-historical point of view? When was ecology born? Starting with these questions the seminar will analyse theories, conventions, conferences and international, national and cantonal practices of environmental law from a legal-historical and comparative perspective(s). The aim is to trace the history of environmental law, investigating the rise of legal protection of forests, rivers, mountains and animals, scrutinizing the domestic legislations, European regulations and international conventions and agreements.

We will be accompanied by the eminent professor David Schorr (The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv).
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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 (2/3 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.


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. It is possible to write the thesis in German or in English.


VII. Application and Registration

Please apply by this link


VIII. Thesis Deadline

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