I am a lawyer and political scientist interested in international relations. I currently teach at the University of Lausanne. My main research areas (on which I run separate blogs) are international (economic) law (with a special emphasis on Switzerland) and international legal developments relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression as well as sex characteristics (SOGIESC).
The Independence of the International Criminal Court
Happy to recommend an important book Alphone Muleefu (Senior Lecturer, School of Law at the University of Rwanda) wrote while he was a visiting fellow at my Chair and the Centre for Comparative, European and International Law at the University of Lausanne
The top-level Swiss criminal justice system is currently making a disgraceful impression.
Ein unwürdiges Schauspiel
Die oberste Schweizer Strafjustiz macht derzeit eine blamable Figur. Bundesanwalt Michael Lauber gefährdet mit seinem Verhalten zahlreiche Strafverfahren, das Bundesstrafgericht beschäftigt sich vor allem mit internen Streitereien. Nun muss das Parlament für Ordnung sorgen.
Covid-19: Why has the co-operation between science and politics not worked better in Switzerland? – “Within the administration, contacts with the business community were apparently better than those with science. Thus, an impressive aid package for the economy could be put together shortly, while criticism was mainly voiced from the scientific community”.
Interview by Neue Zürcher Zeitung with the historian Caspar Hirschi (in German)
UK – Universities are expecting 230,000 fewer students – that’s serious financial pain…what does this say about the sustainability of that system?
It is not widely known that our global reputation is powered by an army of university staff who do not have proper job security. Around 70% of researchers in universities are employed on fixed-term contracts, while more than 100,000 university teaching staff are on temporary contracts of one kind or another.”
Fellowship in the Critical Thinking Program at Freie Universität Berlin
Academy in Exile announces eight 24-month fellowships in the Critical Thinking Program at Freie Universität Berlin. Eligible are scholars worldwide (PhD in humanities, social sciences, or law) who are threatened because of their academic work or engagement with human rights, democracy, and intellectual freedom.
AiE fellowships provide opportunities for pursuing research and multidisciplinary collaborations in Germany. Evaluation criteria include academic merit, risk assessment, and suitability for AiE programs. Application deadline: 15 May 2020.
On-line Webinar: The Appellate Body Crisis at the WTO Tuesday 28 April 2020, 15:00 – 16:30 CET Online via Zoom Conference As a result of the Appellate Body (AB) at the World Trade Organization ceasing to exist, dispute settlement stopping at the panel level is the new norm. Until the appointment of new AB members is made, […]