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Alain Zysset is a Lecturer in Public Law at School of Law. Before joining Glasgow, he was an Assistant Professor in Public law and Human rights at Durham University. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo (PluriCourts Center of Excellence), the EUI in Florence (Max Weber Programme) and at Goethe-University Frankfurt (Excellence Cluster Normative Orders) on a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

His research lies at the intersection of public law, international law and political theory. His main area of research is the theory and practice of the ECHR. The scientific ambition here is to reconstruct the authority and practice of the European Court of Human Rights through the lens of human rights theory and democratic theory. His second area of research is the theory and practice of international criminal law with emphasis on crimes against humanity. The goal here is to reconstruct the authority and practice of international criminal tribunals from the perspective of criminal law theory. His on-going project is to bridge these two strands of research and build a normative theory that could unify human rights law and international criminal law. He has published articles related to these projects in ICON, GlobCon, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Ratio Juris and CRISPP.

Alain’s academic background is multidisciplinary. After a BA in Philosophy and History (University of Lausanne), he has earned graduate degrees in Philosophy (M.Sc., London School of Economics), History (M.A., Graduate Institute Geneva) and Law (LL.M., University of Toronto). His doctoral thesis, also funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, was defended summa cum laude at the Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and resulted in a monograph, The ECHR and Human Rights Theory (Routledge, 2016).

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