Dec 1, 2016

The founding principle of all the activities of Zdenek and Michaela Bakala is, truly, the courage, which must, according to their belief, always go hand in hand with responsibility.
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Caroline Duret

Caroline Duret

Being curious by nature, I have always sought answers to fundamental philosophical questions regarding human nature, man’s social environment and his tendency to live in a community and create norms, as well as the human desire to express oneself. The study of law enriched with profound knowledge of the ancient world is an excellent basis for better understanding and responding to the current and future needs of society. Indeed, our modern society is littered with references to ancient law, literature and philosophy. These are fundamental in creating our social identity. Finding solutions to modern legal issues with the help of Roman law is a major challenge.

Following my study of law and ancient Greek literature and civilisation at the University of Geneva, I began to work on a doctoral thesis in the History of law, Roman law and comparative law under the guidance of Prof. Bénédict Winiger in 2015. The aim of my research is to diachronically analyse a juridical concept, the right cause of property transfer (iusta causa traditionis), from Roman law to modern Swiss and French law. My thesis examines this transition from a philosophical to a juridical perspective throughout the Age of Enlightenment. Moreover, I was co-author of a European book concerning the misconduct condition in tort law, specifically as regards to Swiss law.

Thanks to the support of the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala, I have the opportunity to devote myself to academic research in a setting which promotes intellectual freedom: the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics, working with an eminent scholar of the History of Antiquity, Prof. Peter Garnsey.
In parallel to my research, my long-term passion for music led me to study piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and to successfully complete a diploma in the class of Mrs Aldona Jacobson-Budrewicz and Mrs Mayumi Balet-Kameda.


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