a) Our own publication series: the PIRR
The series Perspectives on Innovation, Risk and Responsibility - PIRR, which is published by the CIRR from 2023 onwards, is issued by the Schulthess publishing house.
b) New internet portal: vvg.digital
Under vvg.digital, the CIRR, in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Archives, has launched an Internet portal under which all materials on the Swiss Insurance Contract Act (ICA) are presented in a graphically appealing form and in full text, as well as being systematically searchable. This is intended to make a valuable contribution to the interpretation of legal texts in practice, but also to the better scientific examination of this area of law, which is indispensable for the work of the CIRR.
c) UFSP "Human Reproduction Reloaded"
The head of the CIRR, Prof. Loacker, is also co-head of the research area "Normativity of Human Reproduction" within the university research focus "Human Reproduction Reloaded". In this context, one of the questions being investigated is to what extent the unbroken technical innovation thrust in the field of reproductive medicine requires a legal foundation and accompaniment. The answer to this question can often not only be found from the perspective of a single national law. Rather, it requires comparative law and - if one only thinks of the frequent cases of surrogate motherhood with references to several states - clarification of the most diverse preliminary questions - for example, with regard to the applicable law.
d) Further academic activities
Firstly, contributions to books and journals arepublishedon a regular basis in all subject areas of the CIRR. In addition, we are involved in university teaching as well as in postgraduate training and at relevant professional conferences and events.
e) Development of specialised knowledge management systems
The necessary access to expertise is provided by a well-sorted and up-to-date chair library as well as by access to the world's most important databases and specialist journals in all the subject areas examined by the CIRR. In addition, we continuously document, systematise and digitise the latest relevant publications and official decisions in our internal IT systems. In this way, an ever broader knowlegde base is created for our own present and future research activities. This applies in particular to comparative law.
e) Newsletter and overview of current legal developments
The CIRR offers a monthly newsletter for those interested in the subject, which evaluates the most interesting publications in the German-speaking world from the subject areas examined by the CIRR. Furthermore, current developments, namely in the area of case law and legislation, are followed in a short and precise form via the website and aims to be understandable also for persons without legal background.