Dr Alain Zysset
Alain joined Durham Law School as an Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in September 2017. He previously held postdoctoral positions in Oslo (PluriCourts, 2016-17), in Florence (Max Weber Fellowship, 2015-16) and Frankfurt-am-Main (Excellence Cluster Normative Orders on a fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2014-15).
His doctoral thesis, also funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, examined the practice of the European Court of Human Rights from the perspective of human rights theory. The thesis was defended summa cum laude at the Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in 2013 and resulted in a monograph, The ECHR and Human Rights Theory (Routledge, 2016). The thesis was supervised by Prof. Samantha Besson.
Alain’s background is multidisciplinary. He holds graduate degrees in Philosophy (M.Sc in Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics, 2008), History (M.A. in International History, Graduate Institute Geneva, 2010) and Law (LL.M., University of Toronto, 2014). He also held visiting positions at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Arizona (visiting scholar, January – April 2012) and at Osgoode Hall Law School (visiting professor, January – April 2015).
Alain’s areas of specialization include human rights law (in particular the ECHR), international criminal law (in particular crimes against humanity and genocide) and legal and political theory (in particular human rights theory, democratic theory and criminal law theory). His publications to date have aimed to place those core theoretical questions at the heart of international legal and judicial practice.
- Human Rights Law
- European Convention on Human Rights
- Human Rights Theory
- International Criminal Law
- Crimes against Humanity
- Criminal Law Theory
- Legal and Political Theory
- Zysset, Alain (2018). Freedom of Expression, Proportionality and the Right to Vote at the European Court of Human Rights: An Internal Critique. International Journal of Constitutional Law forthcoming.
- Zysset, Alain (2017). Right, Crime, and Court: Toward a Unifying Political Conception of International Law. Criminal Law and Philosophy forthcoming.
- Zysset, Alain (2016). Refining the Structure and Revisiting the Relevant Jurisdiction of Crimes against Humanity. Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 29(01): 245-265.
- Zysset, Alain (2016). Searching for the Legitimacy of the European Court of Human Rights: The Neglected Role of ‘Democratic Society’. Global Constitutionalism 5(01): 16-47.
- Zysset, Alain (2016). When the European Court of Human Rights Speaks, What Should it Say? Testing Brettschneider's Value Democracy at the Supranational Level. Philosophy and Public Issues 6(1): 159-193.
- Zysset, Alain (2015). Legal and Moral Pluralism: A Rejoinder (in European Human Rights Law). Oslo Law Review 3(03): 176-199.
- Zysset, Alain & Bulak, Begum (2013). 'Personal Autonomy' and 'Democratic Society' at the European Court of Human Rights: Friends or Foes?. UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 2: 230-254.
- Zysset, Alain (2016). The ECHR and Human Rights Theory: Reconciling the Moral and the Political Conceptions. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.