Professor of Legal History and Legal Theory

Dr. iur.

T +41 41 229 53 37
Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.A43


Michele Luminati is from the Italian-speaking part of Graubünden (Poschiavo) and studied law at the University of Zurich, from whence he received his PhD in 1995 with a thesis on catastrophe management in Sicily in the eighteenth century. He subsequently worked as a Senior Research Assistant in Zurich, during which time he completed his habilitation on the history of the Italian judiciary after 1945. He moved to the University of Lucerne in 2002, initially as an Associate Professor and then, from 2004, as Full Professor of Legal History, Contemporary Legal History and Legal Theory. He is founder and director of the Institute for Research in the Fundaments of Law – lucernaiuris. In 2008, he was awarded a titular professorship by the University of Zurich. From 2013 to 2016, he was director of the Swiss Institute in Rome


Main research interests

  • constitutional history and the history of the administration in the modern era
  • Italian urban history
  • the history of the judiciary in Europe in the 19th and 20th century
  • the history of criminal law in Switzerland
  • theories of justice


Journal Article

Book Section

Contribution in Conference Proceedings/Paper

Edited Book

Review, Editorial, Letter in a Journal



Contribution/presentation at a scientific conference

Contribution/presentation at a non-scientific event

Single lecture, talk, presentation at invitation