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As society changes, new legal issues emerge. Our research projects reflect these developments by examining aspects of employment law, data protection law, social insurance law, health law, and non-discrimination law in a national and international context.

Our research frequently consists of collaborative projects carried out with Partners from the business community and civil society. It is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), and other public funding agencies. Some projects are also commissioned by political or administrative bodies or by private companies. Our findings, which are practical in orientation, benefit the public and are used in our consulting practice and in teaching BSc, MSc, and continuing education programs. Our project “Professional Reintegration”, for instance, is an example of an interdisciplinary long-term study in which we have been participating.

Current Projects

Psychosocial stress and mental illness in the perception of the Swiss labor and social security courts (in German)

This research project moves within the triangle of responsibility of employers, social security insurance, and employees/policy holders. The project team examines court decisions to determine how they draw the lines between these three areas of responsibility in individual cases. The project is part of the ZHAW research focus on Social Integration.

Social Integration and is carried out in cooperation with researchers from the Center for Human Capital Management.

Guest Researchers

To further promote the Center’s scope in terms of subjects and cultural diversity, foreign scholars are invited to visit and do research here. For more information about this great opportunity, go to the information leaflet Guest Research at the Center for Social Law.(PDF 8,2 KB)


A number of projects result in Publications written and co-written by members of our Center.


Recent talks and lectures on aspects of social law given by members of our team at national and international events.