Jörg Paul Müller is an eminent constitutional and international law scholar and Emeritus Professor at the University of Bern. Müller studied law and sociology at the universities of Geneva and Bern and completed a post-graduate degree at Harvard Law School. In his distinguished career Müller has worked as a lecturer on Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory and Political Ethics at the Universities of Freiburg, Basel, St. Gallen and ETH Zurich.
Müller dedicated most of his work to the development of fundamental and human rights protection under the Swiss Constitution and the European Charter on Human Rights. He took a particular interest in the relationship of democracy and the rule of law, and developed in parallel to Jürgen Habermass a theory of deliberate democracy. In international law, his main interest was the exploration of the principle of good faith and the protection of legitimate expectations, the subject of his habilitation thesis published in 1971. He subsequently authored together with Luzius Wildhaber the leading Swiss case book on international law Praxis des Völkerrechts (3rd ed. Stämpfli, 2001).
In addition to his academic positions Müller served from 1976 to 1983 as a supplementary judge at the Swiss Federal Court and from 1987-1990 he held the office of President of the Independent Complaints Authority for Radio and Television (ICA). Together with Lucius Wildhaber he received the 1999 Marcel Benoist Prize. In 2000 the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel awarded him with an honorary doctorate.
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