Michele Luminati

Michele Luminati studied law at the University of Zurich, from whence he received his PhD in 1995 with a thesis on catastrophe management in Sicily in the eighteenth century. He subsequently worked as a Senior Research Assistant in Zurich, during which time he completed his habilitation on the history of the Italian judiciary after 1945. He is, from 2004, full Professor of Legal History and Legal Theory at the University of Lucerne. He is founder and director of the Institute for Research in the Fundaments of Law – lucernaiuris. From 2013 to 2016, he was director of the Swiss Institute in Rome.

Prof. Luminati’s research interests include constitutional history and the history of the administration in the modern era, Italian urban history, the history of the judiciary in Europe in the 19th and 20th century, the history of criminal law in Switzerland and theories of justice. He pursues an interdisciplinary approach that strives to both expose the limits of law and open new possibilities for innovative border-crossings in research and teaching. This is attested to by a number of international projects that address a range of diverse topics from a social-theoretical perspective.