Prof. Dr. iur. Matthias Mahlmann

University of Zurich

Treichlerstrasse 10

CH-8032 Zürich, Switzerland
Offices DOL G 06-G 08 
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Tel: +41 (0)44 634 15 84/86/69
Fax: +41 (0)44 634 43 91
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During the semester we can be contacted via telephone from Mon - Fri, 10-12 a.m.

Information on academic courses

Spring Semester 2023: Seminar

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

Fall Semester 2022: Seminar

Seminar Power, Violence, War and the Justice of the Law - New Perspectives from Psychology, Behavioural Economics, Evolutionary Theory, and Neuroscience?, with Prof. Stephen J. Morse (University of Pennsylvania Law School). 


Recent publications / varia

Was hat Gott eigentlich noch in unserer Verfassung verloren?

Interview with Lukas Meyer, Blue News, 04.04.2021

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).  

«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

«Es wird nicht bestraft, was man denkt, sondern was man tut»

Interview on the anti-racism law with Prof. Mahlmann, in: Beobachter, 30.01.2020

Selbstbestimmung im deutschen Grundgesetz

Guest commentary by Prof. Mahlmann, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 12.09.2018

Demokratie ohne Rechtsstaat?

Blog article by Prof. Mahlmann,in: Geschichte der Gegenwart, 05.09.2018


Mind and Rights - Public talk of Prof. Mahlmann at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights

On February 8th, 2022, Professor Mahlmann held a public talk concerning the topic of "Mind and Rights – Why Human Rights Have Deep Roots in Human Psychology, History, Ethics, and Law" at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights of the Oxford Law Faculty. The talk presents central theses of Professor Mahlmann's forthcoming book "Mind and Rights. Why Human Rights have Deep Roots in Human Psychology, History, Ethics, and Law", to be published 2022 by Cambridge University Press. The talk may be viewed here.

Rechte der Nachgeborenen - Public lecture by Lukas Bärfuss on 18 November 2021

Public Lecture "Rechte der Nachgeborenen / rights of the born after" by Lukas Barfuss at the University of Zurich (KOL-G-201, Aula).

More information on the lecture series Lectures for law in society, co-organized by Prof. Matthias Mahlmann.

Conference "Remaking the UK Constitution: Politics and Process" 

Prof. Matthias Mahlmann was invited as a speaker and panellist at the "Conference on Remaking the UK Constitution: Politics and Process", organised by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (University of Oxford), 22./23.02.2019.  

Conference flyer

Presentation and panel discussion (session 4: The flexibility of a new constitution)

Hedi Fritz-Niggli Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich

Prof. Martha C. Nussbaum (University of Chicago) was the Hedi Fritz-Niggli Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich, in December 2018.

Prof. Martha C. Nussbaum, 19.12.2018: "Anger, Powerlessness, and the Politics of Blame"

SVRSP Rousseau Lectures 2017

The first SVRSP Rousseau Lectures were held on November 15-17, 2017 at the University of Zurich. Prof. John Mikhail (Georgetown University) gave a two-part lecture on "The Sense of Justice, Private Interest, and Public Duty in the Age of Trump".

Podcast Lecture I - 15.11.2017

Podcast Lecture II - 16.11.2017


Further Information

Tagesgespräch "Flüchtlingskrise und Menschenwürde"