All my papers are available either on SSRN or open access via the links below.


47. 'The United Nations Charter, the Security Council, and Creativity', 2017, 44 pp. – SSRN.

46. 'An Evaluation Schema for the Ethical Use of Autonomous Robotic Systems in Security Application', co-authored with Markus Christen, Joseph Chapa, Raphael Salvi, Filippo Santoni de Sio, and John Sullins, University of Zurich Digital Society Initiative White Paper No. 1, 2017, 89 pp. – SSRN.

45. 'International Law and Artificial Intelligence', forthcoming in German Yearbook of International Law 2017/2018, 20 pp. – SSRN.

44. 'Free Movement of Algorithms: Artificially Intelligent Persons Conquer the European Union's Internal Market', in: Woodrow Barfield and Ugo Pagallo (eds), Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence, Edward Elgar, 36 pp. (forthcoming 2018) – SSRN.

43. 'International Law, Infinite Jest', 6 pp. – SSRN.

42. 'Brexit Addendum: Why the "Great Repeal Bill" Will Not Be So Great',
in: The End of the "Ever Closer Union"? – Legal Aspects of "Brexit", "Grexit", "Plexit" and Other Potentially Disintegrating Elements in EU Law, Hannes Hofmeister (ed.), Hart (forthcoming 2018), 12 pp. – SSRN.

41. 'Free Movement of Persons and Brexit – some Swiss experience from which the United Kingdom could benefit', in: The End of the "Ever Closer Union"? – Legal Aspects of "Brexit", "Grexit", "Plexit" and Other Potentially Disintegrating Elements in EU Law, Hannes Hofmeister (ed.), Hart (forthcoming 2018), 21 pp. – SSRN.

40. 'Verfassungslos: Verfassungs- und staatsrechtliche Bedenken anlässlich des Bundesgerichtsentscheides zur Bündner Spracheninitiative', Sui-generis 2017, pp. 148-158 – open access.

39. 'Company Law and Autonomous Systems: A Blueprint for Lawyers, Regulators, and Entrepreneurs', 9 Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal 2 (Summer 2017) 135-162 (together with Shawn Bayern, Thomas D. Grant, Daniel Häusermann, Florian Möslein, and Richard Williams) – 
open access.

38. 'Gesellschaftsrecht und autonome Systeme im Rechtsvergleich', 2 AJP 2017, 192-203 (with Shawn Bayern, Thomas D. Grant, Daniel Häusermann, Florian Möslein, and Richard Williams) – open access.

37. 'Regulating the Risk of Trumpism', 8 European Journal of Risk Regulation 1, 64-66 – open access.

36. 'Law professor: 'Autonomous Weapons' notably absent from EU motions on robotics, AI', Euractiv, 17 February 2017 (interview).


35. 'Machine Learning and the Law: 5 Theses', in review at JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings (accepted at NIPS 2016, 8 December 2016; 4 pp.) – SSRN.

34. 'Personenfreizügigkeit und Brexit – Erfahrungen der Schweiz, die sich Grossbritannien zunutze machen kann', in Denkanstösse – HSG Perspektiven auf Flucht und Migration, Christoph Frei and Claudia Brühwiler (eds),  2016, pp. 50-70 – open access.

33. 'The Politics of Robot Autonomy', 7 European Journal of Risk Regulation 2, 341-360 – open access (SSRN).

32. 'Introduction to the Special Issue on the Man and the Machine' 7 European Journal of Risk Regulation 2, 295-296, together with Isabelle Wildhaber –
open access (SSRN).

31. Special Issue on 'The Man and the Machine' 7 European Journal of Risk Regulation 2, edited together with Isabelle Wildhaber – open access. 

30. 'The Greatest Possible Freedom', 26  Swiss Review of International and European Law 1 (2016) 81-83. (A presentation of my book on three pages.) – open access.

29. 'Reviewing Protecting Vulnerable Groups: What About Don Gately and Hector Salamanca?', European Law Blog, 7 January 2016 – open access.

28. 'Why Leaving the EU Would Be Complicated for the UK', HSG Focus 1/2016, – open access, also published on Euractiv.

27. 'How to Bestow Legal Personality on Your Artificial Intelligence', Oxford Business Law Blog, 8 November 2016 – open access

26. Legal opinion on catch-up TV, 7 pp (confidential).


25. The Greatest Possible Freedom – interpretive formulas and their spin in free movement case law, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2015, 608 p. – open access.
--- reviewed by Stephen Coutts in 2017 Common Market Law Review 1, pp. 289-293 – open access.
--- reviewed by Simon Planzer in 2017 (8) European Journal of Risk Regulation 2, pp. 461-454 – open access.

24. Daniel Thürer together with Thomas Burri, 'Gutachten über mögliche Formen der Umsetzung und Anwendung der Bilateralen Abkommen, erstattet am 7. Juli 2011', published in Jens Drolshammer and Thomas Cottier (eds), The Anthology of Swiss Legal Culture, 2014, 43 p.; also published in Daniel Thürer, Europa als Erfahrung und Experiment, Zurich, Nomos/Schulthess, 2015, p. 517-557 – open access, English translation on SSRN.

23. 'Völkerrecht, Unendlicher Spass', in Giovanni Biaggini, Oliver Diggelmann, Christine Kaufmann (eds), Polis und Kosmospolis – Festschrift für Daniel Thürer, Zurich, Dike/Nomos, 2015 p. 65-70 – open access.

22. 'Der Romanenstaat - Versuch einer verfassungsrechtlichen Lösung der Rätoromanenfrage', in Corsin Bisaz and Andreas Glaser (eds), Rätoromanische Sprache und direkte Demokratie, Zurich,  Schulthess, 2015, p. 125-131 – open access.

(Dieter Grimm, "The Power of Restraint in the European Union" in van Middelaar/van Parjis (eds), After the Storm, English translation by Thomas Burri of an article originally published in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.)


21. 'Das Fallrecht des EuGH zur Koordinierung der Sozialversicherungen', 2013/2014 Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Europarecht 359-380 – open access.

20. 'Secession in the Community of Independent States: Causes, Consequences, and Emerging Principles' in Christian Walter, Antje von Unger-Sternberg, and Kavus Abushov (eds), Self-Determination and Secession in International Law, OUP, 2014, p. 138-154 – open access.

19. 'The Rigidity of Structures to Protect Minorities - Hidden Facets of the Strasbourg Court's judgment in Sejdic and the Banjul Commission's decision in Endorois', in Thürer Daniel (ed.), International Protection of Minorities - Challenges in Practice and Doctrine, Zurich, Schulthess, 2014, p. 201-235.
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18. 'Der Romanenstaat', Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 6 August 2014, p. 17; in Romansh, 'Il Stadi da Rumantsch', La Quotidiana, 21 July 2014, p. 2 (translated by Claudia Cadruvi) – open access.
Discussed by Andreas Auer, 'Absurde Idee Romanenstaat', Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 8. August 2014 – open access.

17. 'Here's to the British Way',, 18 September 2014 – open access.


16. 'Constitutionalization by Association: The Doubtful Case of the European Economic Area', Yearbook of European Law 2013, Oxford, OUP, p. 207-229 (together with Benedikt Pirker) – open access.


15. 'Self-determination', in Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.), MPEPIL, Oxford, OUP, 2012, Vol. IX, p. 113-128 (also available in the online edition, where the article was published initially in 2009) (together with Daniel Thürer) – open access.

14. 'Secession', in Wolfrum, Rüdiger (ed.),  MPEPIL, Oxford, OUP, 2012, Vol. IX, p. 53-65 (also available in the online edition where the article was published initially in 2009) (together with Daniel Thürer; also published as 'International Law and Secession', in Daniel Thürer, International Law as Progress, Baden-Baden and Zurich, Nomos and Dike, 2009, p. 511-538) – open access.

13. 'Im Weissen Haus, am Tegernsee und in New York', Prisma, November 2012, S. 23 – open access.


12. Interview with Jakob Kellenberger, HSG Blatt, 7 November 2011 – open access.


11. Models of Autonomy? - Case Studies of Minority Regimes in Hungary and French Polynesia, Zurich, Schulthess, 2010, 231 [+61] p. – open access.

10. 'Workers and Caselaw as Vehicles of the European Hegemon', LXIII Studia Diplomatica 3-4 (2010) 119-136 – open access.

9. 'Do Lawyers Knead the Dough? - How Law, Chaos, and Uncertainty Interact', 1 European Journal of Risk Regulation (EJRR) 4 (2010) 371-381 – open access.

8. 'Stromschnellen im Freizügigkeitsfluss: Von der Bedeutung von Urteilen des Europäischen Gerichtshofes im Rahmen des Personenfreizügigkeitsabkommens', RSDIE/SZIER 2 (2010) 165-188 (together with Benedikt Pirker) – open access.

7. 'La jurisprudence de la Cour de Justice et du Tribunal de première instance. Chronique des arrêts. Arrêt "Rottmann c. Freistaat Bayern"', Revue du Droit de l'Union européenne 3 (2010) 651-654 (together with Benedikt Pirker) – open access.

6. 'The Kosovo Opinion and Secession: The Sounds of Silence and Missing Links', 11 German Law Journal 8 (2010) 881-890 – open access.


5. 'Breaking the Taboo: National Minorities in the EC- and WTO-Trade Regimes', in Piet Eeckhout and Takis Tridimas (eds.), Yearbook of European Law 2008, Oxford, OUP, 2009, p. 321-348 – open access.

4. 'Minorities, Law, and Conflict Resolution', in Daniel Thürer and  Zdzislaw Kedzia (eds.), Managing Diversity - Protection of Minorities in International Law, Zurich, Schulthess, 2009, p. 1-17 (together with Daniel Thürer).
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3. 'Neue Entwicklungen und andauernde Herausforderungen in der Sprachenpolitik' Jusletter, 5 November 2007, 9 p. (together with Malcolm MacLaren) – open access.

2. 'Report and Comment on GIRCA v IBM', Swiss Federal Supreme Court decision of 14 August 2006 (132 III 661), Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, Oxford, OUP, 2007.
Access here (only for subscribers of Oxford Law Reports)


1. 'Zum Sprachenrecht der Schweiz', in Christoph Pan and Beate Sibylle Pfeil (eds.), Zur Entstehung des modernen Minderheitenschutzes in Europa, Handbuch der europäischen Volksgruppen, Vienna, Springer, 2006, p. 242-266 (together with Daniel Thürer) – open access.

Thomas Burri,
Nov 21, 2017, 6:50 AM