Benjamin Straumann received his degree from the University of Zurich after studies in history, constitutional law and philosophy in Zurich and as an Erasmus Scholar in Rome. He is spending the year as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at the Hauser Global Law School Program and the Program in the History and Theory of International Law, completing his dissertation on the classical foundations of Hugo Grotius's De Jure Belli ac Pacis , a project (http://www.research-projects.unizh.ch/phil/unit66200/area199/p4135.htm) funded by a research fellowship from the University of Zurich (Forschungskredit der Universität Zürich).
For the past two years, Straumann has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, where he has also taught. Previously he served as a teaching assistant at the University of Zurich and worked for the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. His research interests include the history of natural and international law, natural rights and social contract theories, as well as the early modern reception of classical antiquity.