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Saskia Stucki received the biennial award of the Swiss Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy for her book on the Fundamental Rights of Animals (Grundrechte für Tiere). Her book was thereby selected as the best Swiss dissertation in the area of legal and social philosophy for the years 2015-2017.

Saskia Stucki furthermore received the Professor Walther Hug-Award 2017.

Sabrina Ragone has been appointed associate professor of Comparative Public Law at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna.

Pedro Villarreal received the 2017 "Marcos Kaplan" Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in Law and Social Sciences from the Institute of Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His thesis, entitled "The Legal Mechanisms Related to the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic from a Global Governance Perspective", had received a cum laude distinction, the highest possible according to the University's parameters.

Saskia Stucki was awarded with the Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Junior Award 2017 of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich for her Dissertation Fundamental Rights for Animals.

Julie Maupin has been appointed to the newly created FinTech Advisory Council of the German Ministry of Finance. The FinTech Council will meet twice yearly in Berlin to advise the Ministry of Finance on matters of digital financial technologies. In particular, the Council will help the Ministry keep abreast of new technological developments and understand their inherent potential, opportunities and risks. It will advise the Ministry, via a practice-informed dialogue, on appropriate regulatory frameworks to support digital finance innovation in Germany.

Paulina Starski has been awarded the interdisciplinary postdoctoral scholarship by the Daimler and Benz Foundation as one of 12 recipients for her externally funded research project "The Unwilling or Unable State as a Challenge to International Law", which comprises her "Habilitation" for the years 2017/2018 in the amount of 40.000 Euro.