Silvan Schenkel was born and raised in Schaffhausen. Following a vocational interim year, he began his legal studies at the University of Lucerne in 2009. In Autumn 2012 he obtained the Bachelor of Law and proceeded directly to the Master programme in Lucerne. During his Master studies, he worked as a student assistant for Prof. Thomas Henne at the Chair for Legal History, Contemporary Legal History and Legal Theory. Upon completion of his Master degree in Autumn 2014, he undertook an internship in the legal service of the Department of Justice and Security of the Canton of Thurgau, before then returning to the chair of Prof. Thomas Henne as a research assistant between September 2015 and January 2017. Since 2017, he has been employed as a research assistant to Prof. Michele Luminati at the Chair for Legal History, Contemporary Legal History and Legal Theory.
Silvan is currently writing his PhD dissertation on 'The German “Juristentag” 1933. The Rise of the “Union of National Socialist German Lawyers” and the Self-Mobilization of the German Lawyers’ Elite'. Information and images available here: www.juristentag-1933.de