The Institute of Law and Religion is the oldest Institute of the Law Faculty of the University of Fribourg. A documentation center, predecessor of the Institute, was established already in 1956. The foundation for the Institute of ecclesiastical law and constitutional church law was laid in 1979. 25 years later it was renamed to Institute of Law and Religion. Many indi-viduals, some of them well-known people, contributed to the development of the Institute.
Historical corner marks
Comprehensive update and extension of the homepage of the institute.
Since 2015, with the help of Ch. R. Tappenbeck - a free collaborator at the Institute - an internship position at the Legal Service of the Reformed Churches of Bern-Solothurn-Jura has been established. This internship position, which has been available once a year since then, is reserved for graduates of the Mention "Religion Law" of the Faculty of Law.
Participation in the so-called National Research Programme 58 on „Religion, Staat und Gesellschaft“.
New statutes of the Institute and change of its name to “Institute of Law and Religion”.
Since 2003, two representatives of the Protestant Reformed Church have also been members of the Institutes board of trustees.
Launching of an Internet site to offer the activities and services of the Institute to the general public.
The direction of the institute is being vested in Prof. René Pahud de Mortanges, Head of the Chair for History of Law and Religion Law.
The book series published by the Institute changes its name from “Freiburger Veröffentlichungen auf dem Gebiete von Kirche und Staat, FVKS” to “Freiburger Veröffentlichungen zum Religionsrecht, FVRR”.
Since 2003, the Evangelical Reformed Church has had two representatives a members of the board of trustees.
The joint directors of the Institute are the three Professors Prof. Nicolas Michel, Prof. Pier V. Aimone und Prof. René Pahud de Mortanges.
Adoption of the Mention “Religion Law” allowing the students to achieve an additional distinction on Bachelor’s and/or Master’s level.
The Institute of Law and Religion starts its activity under the direction of Prof. Dr. Louis Carlen. Ever since its establishment, the Institute has been supported by the Roman Catholic Central Conference.
The Senate of the University of Fribourg authorized the establishment of the institute.
The faculty of law, economy and social science answered positively to a request.
Decision of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Switzerland to organize synods within the dioceses with the involvement of laymen: Synod 72 (1969-1975)
An interdiocesan preparatory commission of Synod 72 postulated to screen, review and develop further the ecclesiastical law and Swiss constitutional church law. Thereupon the establishment of an academic institution was being considered.
Creation of the documentation center „Kirche und Staat“ (church and state) by Prof. Dr. Eugen Isele.
The Institutes research assistants since its establishment
Gregor A. Rutz
Franz-Xaver v. Weber
1988-1989 Ivo Gut
Former members of the board of trustees
Dr. Philippe Gardaz , President of the board of trustees; former President of the Constitutional Court of the Canton of Vaud; lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Fribourg i. Ue.
Prof. Dr. Yves Le Roy, Emeritus Professor at the University of Fribourg
Dr. iur. Benno Schnüriger, member of the commission of the Roman Catholic central conference of Switzerland (RKZ) and president of the synodal council of the Roman Catholic corporation of the canton of Zurich
Dr. iur. Hardy Notter, Attorney at law, former President of the Catholic Administration of the Canton of St. Gallen
P. Dr. Roland-B. Trauffer OP, former Vicar-General of the Diocese Basel, former Secretary of the Swiss Conference of Bishops
Pfr. Markus Sahli, former Director of the department of internal relations of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (SEK)
Prof. Dr. Pier Virginio Aimone, Emeritus Professor at the University of Fribourg
Prof. Dr. Nicolas Michel, Professor at the University of Fribourg, Professor an der Universität Freiburg, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations
lic. iur. Hans Ambühl, Attorney at law and Notary, Secretary General of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education
lic. iur. Jacques Ducarroz, former Judge at the Administrative Court of the Canton of Fribourg, former Secretary of the „coporation catholique“ of the Canton of Fribourg
Dr. Peter Burri, Notary
Dr. Peter Plattner, Attorney at Law, former President of the Catholic Consistory Thurgau, former President of the Roman Catholic Central Conference
Prof. Dr. Augustin Macheret, Emeritus Professor at the University of Fribourg, former member of the State Council of the Canton of Fribourg
Dr. Louis Bourgknecht, Attorney at law, former Federal Judge
Dr. Paul Zbinden, Attorney at law, former member of the National Council as representative of the Canton of Fribourg
Dr. Walter Gut, former member of the State Council of the Canton of Lucerne
Prof. Dr. Thomas Fleiner, Emeritus Professor at the University of Fribourg, former Director of the Institute of Federalism
Dr. Urs. J. Cavelti, former State Judge and Chief Justice of the commercial court of St. Gallen
Msgr. Dr. Anton Cadotsch, former Secretary of the Swiss Conference of Bishops, former Cathedral Provost of the diocese Basel
Moritz Amherd, President 1995-2003, Secretary and afterwards President of the Roman Catholic Central Conference
lic. iur. et lic. oec. Bernard de Torrenté, President 1990-1995, former director general of Crédit Suisse of the Canton of Vaud
Dr. Max Aebischer, President 1979-1989, former member of the State Council of the Canton of Fribourg