Equality as a Normative Concept - Law, Theory and Perspectives


About the Project

Equality as a Normative Concept - Law, Theory and Perspectives is a research project conducted at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich. The project is part of the interdisciplinary University Research Priority Program (URPP) Equality of Opportunity at the University of Zurich.

Project Members

Prof. Dr. Regina Kiener


Project Leader

Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law

Faculty of Law, University of Zurich



Prof. Dr. Matthias Mahlmann


Deputy Director of the URPP Equality of Opportunity and Project Leader

Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Law, Legal Sociology and International Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich



Prof. Dr. Daniel Moeckli


Project Leader

Professor of Public Law with a focus on International and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich



Dr. Elif Askin 


Senior Researcher and Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich



Marisa Beier


Researcher and PhD Candidat, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich

Marisa Beier studied law at the University of Fribourg and Stockholm. After her graduation she worked in governmental and non-governmental institutions, where she specialized in international human rights law. Since 2018, she has been working as a research assistant for Prof. Regina Kiener at the Chair of Public Law at University of Zurich. Her current research focuses on international human rights law, the right to adequate housing and poverty as well as feminist and legal gender studies.

To emphasize the importance of gender-sensitive legal education and research, she has co-founded the young researcher association Feministisch.Ius, which she currently chairs.

For more information see Feministisch.Ius

Twitter: @feministischius


Hanna Stoll


Researcher and PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich

Hanna Stoll studied art history, literature and law in Zurich, Jerusalem and Fribourg. During her studies she worked in journalism and as a student assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Mahlmann. She also gained initial experience in the field of migration and criminal law. After her graduation she worked for national and international organisations in the field of asylum, migration and human rights law. She passed the bar exam in 2021. Since 2021 she is a PhD student in the URPP Equality of Opportunity and researches in the field of access to justice in European migration and data law.


Current Projects

Dr. Elif Askin                 


Access to Information in the Digital Age – A Public Law Perspective

For more information on the project see research

Marisa Beier   

The importance of the right to adequate housing in Switzerland

The aim of the PhD project is to analyse the importance of the right to adequate housing as an essential requirement to live a life in dignity, freedom and equality. The dissertation argues that the right to adequate housing is integrally linked to other human rights and is, in itself, fundamental to facilitate participation and inclusion in society. For this reason, the right to adequate housing is particularly important for people living in poverty, who are often deprived of living in adequate housing situations and experience exclusion from the rental housing market as well as homelessness. Against this backdrop, the dissertation aims to discuss the potential of the right to adequate housing in relation to specific case studies regarding the housing situations of poor people living in Zurich, Switzerland.

Hanna Stoll     

Access to Justice at Schengen's Digital Borders

The PhD research focuses on the phenomenon of digitalization in the migration and border protection sector and examines how these changes affect the procedural rights of migrants. In particular, the new databases and migration systems in the Schengen area and related questions of access to justice are examined in more detail.


International Conference - 20/21 October 2022 - University of Zurich

The international conference on Contested Equality - International and Comparative Legal Perspectives will analyse the recent challenges and developments of equality and non-discrimination in the international architecture of legal systems.

The conference offers legal scholars an opportunity to present their work to junior and senior researchers all around the world as well as the participation in high-level panels. There will be an opportunity to publish the contribution to the Conference in an edited volume or a renowned international journal following the conference.

Conference Registration
Interested participants are asked to send an abstract in English of up to 500 words to equalitylaw@rwi.uzh.ch

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 20 May 2022.

Call for Papers
For more information on the programme and registration, please see
  Call for Papers (PDF, 102 KB)



Human Rights Circle

Junior scholars are invited to participate in the ‘Human Rights Circle’ where current human rights issues are discussed by researchers. The Human Rights Circle takes place every first Monday of the month.


Publications and Presentations




Human Rights Week 2021, Academic Colloquium on ‘Discriminations and Inequalities’, Geneva Academy, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Paper presentation Dr. Elif Askin/Marisa Beier on ‘Rethinking Equality Protection and Non-Discrimination Clauses Anew in the Context of Housing and Information Rights



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