Richard Bäumlin, born 9 September 1927 in Berne, retired in Erlenbach im Simmental, did his studies in jurisprudence at the Universities of Berne and Göttingen, before presenting his doctor’s thesis in Berne in 1954, where he taught as a private lecturer starting 1957. In 1960 he was elected ordinary professor for public law and constitutional history, as well as for social philosophy. As a member of the socio-democratic party he was engaged in the domain of social politics and social philosophy and defended the rights of foreigners and human rights. He was also a member of the Club of Rome.
His lectures in constitutional history were legendary, as he tried to give an introduction to the integral history of political ideas.
For further information, including a comprehensive bibliography, please see:
Roland Herzog (Ed.): Zentrum und Peripherie – Zusammenhänge, Fragmentierungen, Neuansätze, Festschrift für Richard Bäumlin zum 65. Geburtstag, Chur/ Zürich: Rüegger, 1992.
Selected Works of the Same Author
Richard Bäumlin: Lebendige oder gebändigte Demokratie? Demokratisierung, Verfassung und Verfassungsrevision, Basel: Z-Verlag, 1978; Idem: Recht, Staat und Geschichte – Eine Studie zum Wesen des geschichtlichen Rechts, entwickelt an den Grundproblemen von Verfassung und Verwaltung, Zürich: EVZ-Verlag, 1961.