Dr Stefanie Kurt

Nominated Fellow
Stefanie Kurt

Sep 2016 - Nov 2016

Home institution

Université de Neuchâtel NCCR on the move http://nccr-onthemove.ch/home/



Stefanie Kurt holds a Master degree in International and European Law from the University of Bern and a PhD in Law from the University of Neuchâtel. She completed her studies with an Erasmus exchange at the University Louvain La Neuve (Belgium), where she focused on Islamic Law and Law, Society and Religion. She worked as a research fellow at the Institute of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern and at the Centre for Swiss Migration Law at the University of Neuchâtel. After an internship in the directorate for International Cooperation at the Federal Office for Migration, she worked as a general secretary for the Swiss Observatory for Asylum and Migration Rights in Bern. In her publications she discusses questions of Migration Law and Policy, with a particular attention to Fundamental Rights and the notion of Integration in Switzerland and Europe.


Unity and Diversity in Cohesion: Immigration, Citizenship and Federalism

The quest for social cohesion in a context of protracted international migrations has become a major field of contestation, in Switzerland as well as in other liberal democracies that have de facto evolved into countries of immigration. However, what is meant by social cohesion or integration in a multilingual and multiconfessional confederation made of 26 cantons leaves significant room for controversy. Our project proposes to examine how issues surrounding immigrant integration are being negotiated in the Swiss federal context, from a legal as well as socio-political perspective.