Professor of Public Law and Rural Law

Dr. iur.

T +41 41 229 53 83

Frohburgstrasse 3, Room 4.B11


Professor Roland Norer studied at the School of Law at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his Master of Law (Magister Iuris) in 1994. Since then, he has worked for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Water Management (predominantly concentrating on Rural Law, European Law and Austrian Constitutional Law); deputy manager; member of the examining board, and instructor on the examination commission. In 2000 he completed a doctorate at the School of Law at the University of Vienna with a dissertation on legal philosophy and legal theory.  

Professor Norer has held faculty positions at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, in 2001 where he lectured in European Law, and at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany, where he taught Agricultural Law in 2002. He has also lectured at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences in Vienna and at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Vienna since 2004. In 2005 he completed his post-doctoral lecture qualification at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences in Vienna with a dissertation on "The evolution of agricultural law. Legal problems posed by rural law". 
In 2007 Professor Norer joined the School of Law at the University of Lucerne as a senior lecturer in public and rural law.


Main Research Areas

  • General administrative law 
  • Agricultural & rural law  
  • Spatial planning law 
  • Environmental law 
  • Legislative studies 

Selection of individual topics

  • Agriculture 
  • Structural and regional policy
  • Food law
  • Animal welfare, husbandry and breeding
  • Green gene technology
  • Rural land and tenancy rights
  • Forest law
  • Water conservation
  • Protection of nature and cultural heritage
  • Soil conservation legislation
  • Alternative energies and renewable resources
  • Natural hazard management
  • Law in the Alpine region (Alpine Convention)



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Contribution/presentation at a non-scientific event

Vested interests


  • Fachkreis Raumplanungsrecht (FRR), Member, Switzerland, 2015–
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Agrar- und Umweltrecht (ÖGAUR), President, Austria, 2013–
  • Comité Européen de Droit Rural (CEDR), Board member, France, 2013–
  • Schweizerischer Juristenverein (SJV), Member, Switzerland, 2010–
  • Vereinigung für Umweltrecht (VUR), Member, Switzerland, 2010–
  • Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Agrarrecht (SGAR), Member, Switzerland, 2010–
  • Advisory Board der "Legal Issues in Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies (LITES)", Member, Switzerland, 2010–
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Agrarrecht - Vereinigung für Agrar- und Umweltrecht e.V. (DGAR), Member, Germany, 2000–
  • Arbeitskreis Alpenregion der DGAR, Member, Germany, 2000–