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Positions Open at the University of Lausanne: Federalism and International Law

Prof. Evelyne Schmid and Prof. Martino Maggetti are in charge of this exciting project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on Bypassing the Nation State? How Swiss Cantonal Parliaments Deal with International Obligations. They have two open positions- a Post doc and a doctoral position- please check them out.   Continue reading


Does the prohibition against excessive fines also apply to States? Case Series US Supreme Court

By Roman Friedrich           Will Timbs drive his Rover again? This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a high-profile case dealing with the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which reads as follows: „Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.“ The case … Continue reading



Over the next few weeks we shall be posting a series of blog pieces by our guest writer, Roman Friedrich, on developments in the Supreme Court of the United States. Photo by Pixabay on Finally, after tumultuous and politically-charged debates about individual credibility and general ethical questions surrounding the third branch of government, Brett … Continue reading

A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?

A Masterpiece of Judicial Avoidance?

by Roman Friedrich Roman is an Austrian lawyer currently working as a legislative assistant and human rights researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (based in Vienna, Austria) Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 584 U.S. __ (2018), the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster case has been decided – unusually early (June … Continue reading

Events - Call for Papers

Call for papers – Baxter Family Competition on Federalism, McGill University

Die rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät der  McGill Universität ruft zur Teilnahme an dem Wettbewerb „Baxter Family Competition on Federalism“ auf. Der alle zwei Jahre stattfindende Wettbewerb, zuletzt 2017, ruft  junge Juristinnen und Juristen zur Einreichung von wissenschaftlichen Aufsätzen zum Thema Föderalismus in Theorie und Praxis auf. Ziel des Wettbewerbs ist, die Forschung und Debatte rund um den … Continue reading


Announcement – PhD scholarships at Canterbury Christ Church University

The Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applicants for full-time PhD scholarships (a stipend of £13,000 p.a., tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 p. a.). In some subject areas part-time PhD scholarships will also be available (tuition fee waiver for five years and an expense allowance of £300 p.a.) For … Continue reading