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Faculty of Law Dr. iur. Raffael N. Fasel


Raffael Fasel is SNSF Senior Researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich and Director of Studies and Teaching Bye-Fellow in Law at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. He researches and teaches in constitutional law, legal theory, and animal rights law. His SNSF research examines the concept of constituent power from the perspectives of intellectual history, legal theory, and comparative constitutional law.

Previously, Raffael Fasel was a research fellow at LSE Law School (2019-2021). He completed his PhD in Law on the theory of human and animal rights at the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex College, 2015-2019), with stints as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (2018) and the University of Oxford (2017). In 2020, his PhD thesis was awarded the Cambridge Law Faculty’s Yorke Prize for a thesis of ‘exceptional quality’.

He obtained an LLM from Yale Law School on a Fulbright scholarship (2015), an MA in Philosophy from University College London (2013), and holds a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Law degree from the University of Fribourg (2010, 2012).

During his doctoral studies, Raffael co-founded the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law and currently serves as its Executive Director. He also co-created Europe’s first Animal Rights Law course at the Cambridge Law Faculty, which he co-lectures. Raffael is also an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

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