Persons of the doctoral program "Law in Transition"

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PhD students

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Angela Agostino-Passerini

Angela Agostino-Passerini's thesis focuses on the police questioning of the accused person.

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Atie Babaie

Atie Babaie works as an intern at the United Nations doing a PhD on alternative dispute resolution in climate change and sustainability litigation.

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Lea Bachmann

Lea Bachmann is a doctoral candidate at the Chair of Prof Dr. Sabine Gless. She is writing her dissertation on «Due Diligence Requirements for Automated Anti-Money Laundering – Exploring Ways for Limiting Criminal Liability when Using Artificial Intelligence» since September 2023 under the joint supervision of Prof. Dr. Sabine Gless (University of Basel) and Prof. Dr. Katalin Ligeti (University of Luxembourg). The research project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation through a Doc.CH grant.

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Michael Balmer

In March 2022 Michael Balmer started writing his dissertation at the Chair of Private Social Law of Prof. Dr. Kurt Pärli. His dissertation project researches claims of employees of subcontractors and social insurances against platformized companies as contractual partners of the subcontractors. Michael Balmer was awarded a one-year start-up grant by the doctoral program "Law in Transition".

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Paula Ava Zorah Blank

Paula Blank is a research assistant at the Chair of Private Law of Prof. Dr. Peter Jung, Maître en droit. In her dissertation project, she is researching the legal consequences of deficiencies in resolutions in partnership law.

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Meret Cajacob

Meret Cajacob is working at the Chair of Tax Law of Prof. Dr. Luzius Cavelti, LL.M., where in 2021 she started writing a PhD thesis on the borderline between legitimate tax planning and illegitimate tax avoidance.

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Valentina Christen-Zihlmann

Valentina Christen-Zihlmann is writing a dissertation on the approval of embryo donation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bijan Fateh-Moghadam. She is admitted to the bar of the Canton of Lucerne and works as a legal advisor in the field of data protection.

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Carlos A. Cruz Carrillo

Carlos A. Cruz Carrillo is a PhD student at the University of Basel and an SNSF Doc.CH Fellow. His research explores the regulation of offshore renewable energy projects under the international law of the sea.

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Janneke de Snaijer

Janneke de Snaijer works at Prof. Dr. Sabine Gless' at the Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, where in 2020 she started writing a PhD thesis on trust in robots.

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Jannik Aurel Di Gallo

Jannik Di Gallo works at Prof. Dr. Sabine Gless' Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, where he is writing a dissertation on the use of data generated by AI systems as evidence in criminal proceedings.

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Sylwia Emdin

Sylwia Emdin writes her PhD thesis about corporate criminal liability for human rights abuses in global supply chains from a Swiss and Polish perspective.

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Tugce Fildir

Tugce Fildir works as a research assistant at Prof. Dr. Bijan Fateh-Moghadam’s Chair of Foundations of Law and Life Sciences Law where she is writing a doctoral thesis on the representation in relation to medical procedures (art. 377 ff. CC) from the perspective of criminal law.

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Philippe Hofstetter

Philippe Hofstetter is writing his PhD thesis on digital content contracts.

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Carl Jauslin

Carl Jauslin is a lawyer at the Federal Office of Justice and a doctoral student at Prof. Dr. Bijan Fateh-Moghadam's Chair of Foundations of Law and Life Sciences Law, where he is writing a thesis on solidarity in legal philosophy and international law.

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Aileen Rose Kreyden

Aileen Kreyden (LLM) is a doctoral candidate with the Chair of Public Procedural, Constitutional and Administrative Law of Prof. Dr. Daniela Thurnherr (LL.M.). Her research focuses on terrorism and the rule of law, security and immigration law.

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Stefan Ledergerber

Stefan Ledergerber is a judge at Military Court 2 and a trainee lawyer at a law firm in Basel. He is writing a doctoral thesis on the handling of biometric data in consideration of fundamental rights that is supervised by Prof. Dr. Stephan Breitenmoser .

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Giulia Losi

Giulia Losi is a PhD Student in International, European and Public Law. She is conducting her research under a co-tutelle agreement between the University of Milano-Bicocca and the University of Basel. She is being co-supervised by Prof. Irini Papanicolopulu (BA Global Professor of International Law at SOAS University of London) and Prof. Anna Petrig (Chair of International and Public Law at the University of Basel). Her research focuses on State and corporate obligations for the protection of people in relation to deep seabed mining activities.

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Léonie Marti

Léonie Marti is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Public Procedural Law, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law of Prof. Dr. Daniela Thurnherr Keller, LL.M. As part of her dissertation project, she is investigating the nudge concept and the associated challenges and perspectives from a public law perspective using the example of health promotion and prevention in Switzerland.

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Thaissa Almeida Meira

Thaissa Almeida Meira works at the Chair of International and Public Law of Prof. Dr. Anna Petrig, LL.M, where she is writing a dissertation on the balancing of interests between marine scientific research and deep-sea mining exploration in the context of international law of the sea. She was awardeda one-year start-up grant of the PhD program "Law in Transition" and has been an SNF fellow since 2022.

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Sylvia Anna Meyer

Sylvia Meyer works at Prof. Dr. Sabine Gless' Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, where she is writing her doctoral thesis on the criminal responsibility of vehicle drivers during a period of increasing driving automation.

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Joana Mösch

Joana Mösch is a research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of European Law, International Law and Human Rights of Prof. Dr. Andreas Müller, LL.M. In the context of her dissertation project, she investigates children's rights in asylum and protection proceedings. In addition, she works as a legal representative of children and adolescents in asylum proceedings.

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Monika Molnar

Monika Molnar's dissertation deals with sovereignty issues in space (place of performance from a VAT perspective).

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Mareike Sinz

Mareike Sinz works at Prof. Dr. Anna Petrig's Chair of International and Public Law, LL.M., where she conducts comparative legal research on the democratic formation of international law.

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Fabia Stöcklin

Fabia Stöcklin is a research assistant at Prof. Dr. Corinne Zellweger-Gutknecht's Chair of Private Law. Her dissertation project deals with the introduction of a trust law in Switzerland. She was awarded a a one-year start-up grant by the doctoral program "Law in Transition".

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Xuedong Wang

In his PhD thesis Xuedong Wang focuses on Solidarity and the justifying collision of duties in criminal law. An investigation with special consideration of the collision of rescue duties of doctors using the example of the "triage problem" in the Covid-19 pandemic. The legal concept of the justifying collision of duties is not always uncontroversial, both at the dogmatic level and in practice. This concerns the problem of legitimization on the one hand and the boundary between the other grounds for justification, in particular the justifiable state of emergency, and the justifying conflict of duties on the other. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the collision of rescue duties would not be uncommon in view of the scarcity of health resources, so the question must be raised as to how, on the one hand, doctors can be released from the dilemma situation in the legal system and, on the other hand, the consequences would not violate the difference in life value derived from constitutional law. Therefore, the doctrine of criminal law in relation to the justifying conflict of duties in a changing society must be reconsidered several times.

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Christapor Yacoubian

Christapor Yacoubian is a research assistant at Prof. Dr. Corinne Widmer Lüchinger's Chair of Private Law, Comparative Law and Private International Law, where in 2021he started writing his PhD thesis on the liability of the contractual debtor in the use of digital systems. He is the scientific coordinator of the doctoral program "Law in Transition".

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Benedikt Zumsteg

Benedikt Zumsteg is writing a legal history dissertation supervised by Prof. Dr. Felix Hafner on the topic of "The Frontist Initiative 1934/193", focusing on the history of the far-right Frontist movement in Switzerland in the 1930s. Since 2019 he has been working as a regular clerk at the Civil Court of the Canton of Basel-Stadt as well as secretary of the Basel-Stadt supervisory authority on debt collection, bankruptcy and inheritance matters.