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Email

rnf22@cam.ac.uk

Education CV

PhD in Law, University of Cambridge (2015 – present)

  • Convener of the Talking Animals, Law & Philosophy talk series (2015 – present)
  • Co-convener of the Cambridge Legal Theory Discussion Group (2017 – present)
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Oxford, Faculty of Law (Hilary and Trinity terms 2017)
  • Managing editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal (2016 – 2017)
  • Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal (2015 – 2016)
  • Co-convener of the Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory 2016

LL.M., Yale Law School (2014 – 2015)

  • Graduated all courses with ‘Honors’ (the highest mark given and "significantly superior to the average level of performance in the School")
  • Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law
  • Programming Chair of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Co-convener of the weekly reading group on animal law
  • Co-founder and Vice-President of the Swiss Students and Affiliates at Yale (SSAY)

M.A. in Philosophy, University College London (2012 – 2013)

  • graduated with ‘Merit’

Master of Law, University of Fribourg (2011 – 2012)

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • ​Mentions: bilingual master (French/German) and Magister Utriusque Iuris
  • Erasmus diploma "Notions fondamentales de droit international, européen et comparé", University of Strasbourg

Bachelor of Law, University of Fribourg (2007 – 2010)

  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • Mentions: Baccalaureus Utriusque Iuris and European Law

 

Teaching

Co-lecturer in the course 'Animal Rights Law', offered to undergraduate and graduate students at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (2017 – present)

Supervisor of the LL.M. graduate workshops in Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (2016 – 2017, 2017 – present)

Tutor in constitutional law and administrative law, University of Zurich (February – March 2014)

Guest lecturer in international human rights law, American College Program, University of Fribourg (January 2014)

Guest lecturer in international human rights law, University of Zurich (November 2013)

 

Awards

Swiss National Science Foundation Doctoral Mobility Scholarship (CHF83,667 [£66,288], awarded in December 2016)

Fondation Vincent Merkle Scholarship (CHF30,000 [£23,650], awarded in June 2015; CHF15,000 [£11,825], awarded in June 2016)

Yale Law School Scholarship Award ($17,580 [£14,060], awarded in July 2014)

Fulbright LL.M. Scholarship ($20,000 [£15,980], awarded in September 2013)

Janggen-Pöhn Foundation Academic Career Scholarship (CHF10,000 [£7,880], awarded in May 2013)

Member of the Swiss Study Foundation (2013 – 2015)

 

Academic Work Experience

Admissions Interviewer for the Law Student Admissions at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (December 2016)

Admissions Interviewer for the Law Student Admissions at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (December 2015)

Research assistant for Professor Alec Stone Sweet, Leitner Professor of International Law, Politics and International Studies, Yale Law School (January 2015 – May 2015)

Research assistant for Professor Patrick Weil, Visiting Professor of Law and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Fellow, Yale Law School (September 2014 – January 2015)

Research and teaching associate to the Chair of Public International Law and Constitutional Law, Professor Daniel Moeckli, University of Zurich (September 2013 – August 2014)

Research associate for the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights, Section ‘Institutional Issues’, Univeristy of Fribourg (August 2013 – April 2014)

Student assistant to the Chair of Public Law, Professor Eva Maria Belser, University of Fribourg (January 2012 – June 2012)

 

Presentations

Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy, Cambridge, April 2018, chair (scheduled)

Oxford Human Rights Hub, Workshop in Human Rights, Oxford, April 2017, "Born Into Greatness: The Nobility of Human Rights"

University of Vienna, March 2017, "Born Into Greatness: The Nobility of Human Rights"

European University Institute, Florence, March 2017, "Born Into Greatness: The Nobility of Human Rights"

Symposium "Law as a Guide to Justice: A Symposium on the Philosophical and Theological Foundations of Law and Justice in Honour of Amanda Perreau-Saussine Ezcurra", Cambridge, March 2017, respondent to the paper "Justifying Human Rights: The Threat and the Promise" by James Bernard Murphy (Dartmouth)

Cambridge Legal Theory Discussion Group, January 2017, "Jean-Claude de la Métherie and Jean Baptiste Salaville: At the Crossroads of Human and Animal Rights in the French Enlightenment"

Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy, Cambridge, November 2016, chair of a discussion on Jeremy Waldron's first Tanner Lecture "Dignity and Rank"

Yale Law School Doctoral Conference, New Haven, November 2016, "'Simply in virtue of being human?' A critical appraisal of a human rights commonplace"

Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory, Cambridge, August 2016, chair of a panel on "Theories of Human Rights"

Cambridge PhD Research Seminar, Cambridge, May 2016, "'Simply in virtue of being human?' A critical appraisal of a human rights commonplace"

 

Reviewing

Academic Reviewer for the Global Journal of Animal Law

 

Further profile pages

University of Oxford, Faculty of Law 
https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/people/raffael-fasel

European University Institute, Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group 
https://blogs.eui.eu/constitutionalism-politics-working-group/members-3/

Fields of research

Philosophy of law, human rights, animal rights, constitutional law, public international law, and moral philosophy

 

Summary

Dissertation title: The road not taken – Fundamental rights for animals

Supervisors

Professor Nigel Simmonds

Dr Jeff Skopek (Advisor)

Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Academic Advisor in Oxford)

Representative Publications

Edited volumes

Raffael N. Fasel/Visa A.J. Kurki (eds), 'Talking Animals, Law and Philosophy' (2017) 5 Global Journal of Animal Law 1 (Special Issue)

Peer-reviewed articles

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘“Simply in Virtue of Being Human”? A Critical Appraisal of a Human Rights Commonplace’ (2018) Jurisprudence (forthcoming)

Daniel Moeckli and Raffael N. Fasel, ‘A Duty to Give Reasons in the Security Council: Making Voting Transparent’, (2017) 14 International Organizations Law Review 1

Giordana Campagna and Raffael N. Fasel 'Ein Trumpf gegen Trumps: Die Exekutiven der Schweiz und der USA im Vergleich', (2016) Jusletter ['A Trump Against Trumps: A Comparison of the Swiss and US executive systems']

Articles in edited volumes 

Raffael N. Fasel, 'Talking Animals, Law, Philosophy – and Beyond' (2017) 5 Global Journal of Animal Law 1

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘Des freien Bildhauers Würde? Plädoyer für eine Abkehr von Autonomie-basierten Menschenwürdeansätzen’, in Roberto Andorno/Markus Thier (eds.), Menschenwürde und Selbstbestimmung, APARIUZ Vol. 15, Zurich, 2015 [‘Dignity of the Self-determined Shaper? Plea for a Renunciation of Autonomy-based Approaches to Human Dignity’], 27-53

Book reviews

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law by Ran Hirschl’, Book Review, (2015) 40 Yale Journal of International Law 2, 435-438

Online articles

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘Unterbringung eines abgewiesenen Asylbewerbers in einer Zivilschutzanlage rechtmässig, Zum Urteil des Bundesgerichts vom 22. November 2013’, 12th Newsletter of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights [‘Accommodation of a Rejected Asylum Seeker in a Civil Defense Shelter Held to be Lawful, Judgment of the Swiss Federal Court of November 22, 2013’]

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘Fahrende erhalten Durchgangsplatz im Kanton Freiburg, Weiterhin Handlungsbedarf nach mehr Stand- und Durchgangsplätzen in der Schweiz’, 11th Newsletter of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights ['Travelling People Receive Transient Halting Site in the Canton of Fribourg, Need for More Transient Halting Sites and Permanent Sites in Switzerland Remains’]

Blog posts

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘The Leo and Hercules Trial: An Historic Step for Animal Rights or Business as Usual?’, in Giordano Bruno Foundation Switzerland Blog, 26 May 2015

Raffael N. Fasel, ‘De Salute Gregis Dominici: A Papal Bull Banning Bullfighting in 1567’, in Yale Law School Library Rare Books Blog, 17 December 2014

Start Date

Oct 2015

End date

Oct 2018