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Center for Social Law

«Legal rights must be restored in the society from which they are derived.» (Niklas Luhmann)

At the Center for Social Law, we deal with socio-legal issues in both a national and international context. The key subject areas of our research and consulting, and our degree and continuing education programs are employment law, social security law, data protection law, health care law and discrimination rights. In addition, we deal with matters such as social assistance, adult protection, family law, and human rights.

Continuing Education

The lecturers and research associates affiliated with the Center for Social Law lecture in the degree programs of the Department of Business Law and other degree programs of the ZHAW School of Management and Law.

Most of our continuing education courses are Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) programs. Completing these certificate programs can count towards various Master's programs. Our continuing education programs are practical and based on sound theoretical principles. The work we do is interdisciplinary and geared towards customer needs.


Our research projects deal with topical issues and are generally conducted in co-operation with partners from industry or the public sector. They are financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse, or other public research institutions. We also conduct research on behalf of political parties, public administrations, or private enterprises. To promote thematic and cultural diversity, we invite overseas researchers to use our facilities(PDF 8,2 KB). Our activities result in numerous publications (in German).


We hold conferences about socio-legal issues in a national and international context, and the data protection (in German).

Find a review of the previous conferences (in German).


We offer consultancy services and support to corporations and organizations on issues within the context of our key areas of research. With theoretical and empirically based knowledge and qualified methodologies, we develop tailor-made solutions ideally suited to the needs of our clients. In the area of diversity and law (in German), we develop individual solutions for corporations and organizations.