The Lucerne Academy is directed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Heselhaus and Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni.

Director Professor Dr. Martina Caroni, LLM

Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni, LLM (Yale) is a leading expert in Human Rights and Migration Law. She was educated at the University of Berne and Yale Law School. She was awarded the prestigious Walter Hug prize for her doctoral dissertation in 1999. Prof. Caroni is Director of the Research Centre for Human Rights in Southeast Asia and leads a project on undocumented migrants in the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR - on the move. Prof. Caroni‘s expertise extends to the fields of Migration Law, International Public Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Public Law. Prof. Caroni has taught and published extensively on these subjects. Prof. Caroni has also taught classes and courses at Universities and Summer Schools in Brazil, Lithuania, China and Vietnam. In October 2015 Prof. Caroni was appointed a Director of the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation. In the Lucerne Academy she will be teaching the class Murky Waters: Protection of Migrants at Sea.

Director Professor Dr. Sebastian Heselhaus

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Heselhaus is a specialist in Human Rights Law. He is co-editor of one of the first commentaries on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. He teaches Comparative Human Rights Law and is supervisor of prominent moot courts such as the René Cassin Moot Court on the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Law Moot Court. Further fields of expertise of Prof. Heselhaus are Environmental Law and Energy Law. He is co-founder and Managing Director of the Center for Law and Sustainability at the University of Lucerne and Task Coordinator in the Swiss Competence Center on Energy Research (SCCER) CREST. Prof. Heselhaus has taught various courses in the UK, the USA and Lithuania. In October 2015 Prof. Heselhaus was appointed a Director of the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation. In the Lucerne Academy he will be teaching an introductory class on human rights protection comparing major international human rights treaties.

Associate Director Angela Hefti, MLaw

Ms. Angela Hefti, MLaw was a Visiting Professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica. Ms. Hefti was educated in Spain, Switzerland and the United States. She obtained her Bachelor of Law with specializations in European Law and Religious Law, bilingual, from the University of Fribourg and her Master of Law Summa Cum Laude from the University of Lucerne. During her studies, Ms. Hefti participated in the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition where she earned an award for Best Memorial and an award for 3rd place in the oral rounds. During her studies, Ms. Hefti interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, was a junior researcher for the project: “International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage” and volunteered for several NGO’s in Switzerland and Spain. Ms. Hefti is a phd candidate at the University of Lucerne.

Project Coordinator, Uta Zehnder

Uta Zehnder has been working for the Lucerne Academy from the very beginning in 2009 on. She coordinates with the Associate Director all organizational and administrative tasks of the summer school. In addition to her position at the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation she is working at the International Relations Office of the University of Lucerne, here she is, amongst others,  in charge of the “Welcome Centre” for international researchers and the mentoring programme for incoming students.

 Assistants 2016