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Welcome to the conference „Abolishing the Law?“ at the University of Basel from 13 - 15 September 2018

The conference is organised by several institutions specialising in interdisciplinary legal research and the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel (responsible: Bijan Fateh-Moghadam and Kurt Pärli). It is the 4th conference of this kind after events in Lucerne (2008), in Vienna (2011) and in Berlin (2015).

The question of „Abolishing the Law?“ is at the centre of the conference. Among other things, the main theme aims at the legal significance of the shift caused by bio- and information technology, of the deformalising of law and of migration, of the increase of emergency laws and special rights, and of the strengthening of right-wing populist and authoritarian regimes.

Researchers of all disciplines are invited to present and discuss their empirical research findings and theoretical perspectives. The conference language is German, but presentations in English and French are welcome.

We would like to invite you to the public pre-event in connection with the conference the evening of the 12th of September 2018. It would be a pleasure to welcome you at this event.

Latest news

  • You can find important information about the conference on this site.
  • The registration period for contributors has ended. Participants who do not present at the conference can register for the conference here until 29 August 2018. From 30 August 2018 you can register at or directly on 13 September 2018 from 08.30 to 09.30 am at the registration desk. In both cases, the participant fees are paid in cash upon registration. Further information on participation.
  • The programme has been published. The conference starts with the public panel discussion «Universelle Menschenrechte und staatliche Selbstbestimmung» on the evening of 12.9.2018 (start: 06.15 p.m.).  The registration for the conference (issue of name tags, abstract volume, congress documents) has to be done on 13.9.2018 between 08.30 and 09.30 a.m. The congress will end on 15.9.2018 at about 12.30 p.m.

  • Here you will find information on how to find us and the venue.
  • Flyer panel discussion