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Faculty of Law Chair Mahlmann

Talks / Podcasts

Talk by Prof. Dr. Arun Thiruvengadam: Assessing the Social Rights Jurisprudence of India: Perspectives from Constitutional Theory and Comparative Law

Podcast "Ziviler Ungehorsam - die Geschichte eines gewaltlosen Protests" (Terra X History Series)

Prof. Mahlmann and other guests discuss the issue of civil disobedience (Podcast from February 2nd 2023). The podcast is part of the series "Terra X History". Considering the famous speech of the US civil rights activist Martin Luther Kind from 1963, they discuss what civil disobedience is, how it is different from political resistance and why it is important - especially in a democracy. The podcast can be listened on Spotify  or on the website of ZDF.

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.

«Lectures for law in society» - with Lukas Bärfuss, 18.11.2021

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

Lecture at the Children's University Zurich — Fall Semester

Prof. Mahlmann will give a lecture on "Das ist aber ungerecht! Doch ist das wirklich ungerecht? Und was hat das mit unserem Recht zu tun?" as part of the Children's University Zurich program. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 15.00 – 16.00h

More information and program of the Children's University Zurich (Fall Semester 2021 (PDF, 218 KB))


Lecture on "Bärlachs Wette – Schuld, Strafe und Gerechtigkeit bei Dürrenmatt", 27.05.2021

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

Flyer (PDF, 166 KB)

Conference on "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)

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

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.


SVRSP Rousseau Lectures 2017 - Prof. John Mikhail: "The Sense of Justice, Private Interest, and Public Duty in the Age of Trump", November15-17, 2017

Podium discussion (organised by the Zurich Salon), 15.11.2016: "Human rights, sovereignty and democracy"

Podcast (via the homepage of the Zurich Salon)

Participants: Luke Gittos, Andrea Huber, Prof. Dr. iur. Matthias Mahlmann, Dr. iur. RA Peter Studer, Prof. Dr. iur. Hans-Ueli Vogt

Chaired by Andrew Weelhouse

Lecture Prof. Dr. J. Christopher McCrudden, 18.11.2015: "Human Rights Histories: Genesis, Validity and Ideology"

Lecture Prof. Dr. Arun Thiruvengadam, 07.05.2015: "Assessing the Social Rights Jurisprudence of India: Perspectives from Constitutional Theory and Comparative Law"

Lecture Prof. Dr. Chibli Mallat, 17.03.2015: "2011 and the Middle East Challenge to World Constitutionalism"

International Conference, 11. and 12.12.2014: "Neuroscience and Human Rights"

Flyer Conference (PDF, 576 KB)

Podcasts of all lectures, among others:

- Prof. Dr. András Sajó, 11.12.2014: "Manipulating Emotions/Manipulated Emotions: The Cunning of Constitutional Institutions" (Link)

- Prof. Dr. Matthias Mahlmann, 12.12.2014: "Neuroscience and Human Values - Prospects and Problems" (Link)

Panel discussion, 19.12.2013: "Dialogue of Legal Orders Through the Jurisprudence of Supreme Courts"

Prof. Dr. Dikgang Moseneke (Debuty Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa), Prof. Dr. András Sajó(Judge of the European Court of Human Rights) and Dr. Andreas Zünd (Judge of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court)

Podcast of the panel discussion

Lecture Prof. Dr. Dikgang Moseneke (Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa), 17.12.2013: "Beyond Apartheid: Prospects of South-African Constitutionalism"

Lecture Prof. David. D. Cole (Georgetown University), 04.12.2013: "Can President Obama End the War on Terror?"

Lecture Prof. Dr. Andreas Vosskuhle, 5.5.2011: "Menschenrechte im europäischen Verfassungsgerichtsverbund"

Lecture Prof. Dr. Eyal Zamir, 18.4.2011: " Loss aversion: Law, Psychology and Morality"

Lecture Prof. Dr. John Mikhail, 21.12.2010: "Universal Moral Grammar and Universal Human Rights"

Lecture series Fall 2010 Law and Literature: "Fechtschulen und phantastische Gärten"

Programme (PDF, 694 KB)

Podcasts of the lectures (two more by Lutz Wingert and Jutta Limbach)