Institut für Föderalismus
Faculté de droit


Rekha Oleschak
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Av. Beauregard 1
1700 Freiburg CH
Phone: +41 26 300 81 46
Office: BRG.01 3.40
Institut für Föderalismus
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Curriculum vitae

Rekha Oleschak is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Federalism.

Previously, she has held positions at the Swiss Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (FINMA), the University of St.Gallen and at a global insurance company. She holds a doctorate in law from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (2009), an LL.M. from the University of Aberdeen, U.K.(2001) and LL.B. Degree from the University of Kerala, India (1999). 

She has carried out research stays at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi. She has received scholarships from the Swiss National Science Foundation, and C.B.Davidson Foundation, Aberdeen.



«The International Law of development-induced displacement» (Dissertation, University of St. Gallen), 2009


«Preface: Governance of Natural Resources» (Co-authored with Eva Maria Belser) in Proceedings of the Sino-Swiss Workshop on Natural Resources (Forthcoming), 2014

«Accountability of International Organisations: A Review of the World Bank's Inspection Panel», in J. Wouters et. al (eds) Accountability for Human Rights Violations by International Organisations,2010, pp. 401-430

«State Secession in International Law and the 2011 Referendum in the Sudan», (Co-authored with Vanessa Rüeegger), in M. Gredig, et. al (eds.) Peters Dreiblatt: Föderalismus ¦Grundrechte ¦ Verwaltung, Festschrift für Peter Hänni zum 60. Geburtstag, Bern, 2010

«Compendium of documents relating to separation of assets and liabilities in international law», with Lorenzo Pagnamenta and Franziska Sigrist: Compendium commissioned by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for use by delegations from North and South Sudan, October-November 2010, Fribourg

«Outsourcing Responsibility: International Law Challenges raised by the use of Private Military and Security Companies», in P. Jüchli, M. Wuermli and D. Haunreiter (eds), Sicherheit als wirtschaftliches, rechtliches und kulturelles Phänomen, 2008

Book Review, Christine Kaufmann, Globalisation and Labour Rights: The Conflict between Core Labour Rights and International Economic Law, in Aussenwirtschaft 2008, pp. 104-107

«Export Credit and Investment Insurance Agencies - Extraterritorial Obligations of Home States of Investors», in A. Reinisch and C. Knahr (eds), International Investment Law in Context, 2008

«Sardar Sarovar Injustices», vol. 26 Forced Migration Review, 2006, p. 68

«Offshoring: An Innovative Approach to Denying Application of International Legal Obligations?» published in the Indian Law Institute's Silver Jubilee Publication, «Criminal Justice under Stress: Transnational Perspectives», ILI New Delhi, 2006


Her research interests include international law, specifically international economic law, international financial regulation; development and human rights; comparative constitutional law; global governance.

Wissenschaftliche Aktivitäten

Conferences / Referate

«The Counter-majoritarian Role of Courts in (Direct) Democratic Systems: Revisiting Constitutional Review in Switzerland» with Eva Maria Belser at the Conference, DEVELOPING DEMOCRACY
Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law,
Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) Fourth Annual Conference 2015, 8, 9 May 2015

«Human Rights Law in Conflict with Direct Democracy: Dealing with the Counter-Majoritarian Dilemma in Switzerland», (with Eva Maria Belser) presentation at the International Law Association Study Group on Principles of Engagement of Domestic Courts with International Law, London, 15 November 2013

«An Introduction to Financial Markets Supervision in Switzerland», presentation at the Sino-Swiss Workshop on the Enforcement of Law, jointly organized by the Institute of Federalism and the Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, in Fribourg, November 2012

«OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises», Panel presentation at the ICJ Tagung «Corporate Social Responsibility, Unternehmen und Menschenrechte: Welche Verantwortungen und Pflichten?», March 2011, Bern

«State Secession - The separation of assets and liabilities in international law», Presentation to a delegation of government officials from Sudan and representatives of South Sudan, organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, November 2010, Bern


Institute of Federalism

University of Fribourg
Av. Beauregard 1
1700 Fribourg
Phone +41 26 300 8125

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