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Faculty of Law Chair Mahlmann

Prof. Dr. iur. Matthias Mahlmann

Treichlerstrasse 10, CH-8032 Zürich

Offices DOL G 06 (Prof. Mahlmann)
Offices DOL G 07/08 (Assistants) 
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Office hours: Please book an appointment via
Telephone: +41 (0)44 634 15 69/84/86

During the semester we can be contacted via telephone from Mon - Fri, 10-12 a.m.

Recent Contributions and Publications

Weiterführende Informationen

Workshop: Debating Mind and Rights

Human rights: Ideology, illusion, source of hope?

There is no reason whatsoever that can be derived from the theories of evolution and human psychology that undermines the case for human rights. Link to article


Legal Opinion

Parameters of the Legal Regulation of Genome Editing in Switzerland and Europe: 

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Biotechnology: Legal expert briefs


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New edition of Konkrete Gerechtigkeit

The new and revised 6th edition (2023) of Konkrete Gerechtigkeit – Eine Einführung in Recht und Rechtswissenschaft der Gegenwart will be available at Nomos from the end of September. 

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New edition of Rechtsphilosophie und Rechtstheorie

The new and revised 7th edition of Rechtsphilosophie und Rechtstheorie (2023) is now available at Nomos. 

Statement of the IVR on the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

The International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR) offered a statement on 6 March 2022 on the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The statement can be read here.

Ringvorlesung Dürrenmatt

"Bärlachs Wette – Schuld, Strafe und Gerechtigkeit bei Dürrenmatt" (27.05.2021) – lecture recording online

The lecture was part of the interdisciplinary lecture series: Der Mensch nach der Tragödie – hundert Jahre Friedrich Dürrenmatt at the University of Zurich. 



«Begnadigung bedeutet keine Urteilskorrektur»

Prof. Matthias Mahlmann on presidential pardons in the radio show Echo der Zeit on SRF (Swiss Radio and Television), 20.01.2021

UZH Magazine Kreons Zwiespalt

Law and literature in the current edition of UZH Magazine

More about Law and literature in the current edition of UZH Magazine

Prof. Matthias Mahlmann and Lukas Bärfuss in conversation with UZH Magazine on the complex relationship of law and literature (in German).  

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New book Rechts- und Staatsphilosophie bei G. W. Leibniz

A new volume on Leibniz' philosophy of law and state, Rechts- und Staatsphilosophie bei G. W. Leibniz, ed. by Tilmann Altwicker, Francis Cheneval and Matthias Mahlmann, is released by Mohr Siebeck. 

Information on academic courses


Fall Semester 2023: Seminar

War, Climate, Decline of Democracy – Fundamental Rights in Times of Crisis, with Prof. Dr. Christopher McCrudden (Queen's University Belfast and University of Michigan Law School)


Spring Semester 2023: Seminar

Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity – the Law and Literature of “Radical Evil”, with Prof. Dr. Mordechai Kremnitzer (Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Israel Democracy Institute) and and Lukas Bärfuss