Academic enquiry

The academic enquiry on compulsory measures and placements is a central pillar of the entire review process. In particular, its findings should support an understanding of how and why compulsory measures and placements were ordered and carried out. It should also examine the impact on the victims and their families at the time, and the continuing effects today.

The work of the Independent Expert Commission on Administrative Detention (IEC) and the National Research Programme (NRP) is intended to be mutually complementary, with content coordinated so as to provide a comprehensive picture of the various compulsory social measures and placements. A key element in the work is to consider the relevance of past events to present-day practices.

The role of the Federal Office of Justice in the academic enquiry is limited to certain coordination tasks and dissemination of the results (see Art. 15 para. 4). 

Independent Expert Commission (IEC)

The mission of the Independent Expert Commission (IEC) is to analyse, document and communicate administrative detention in Switzerland up to 1981. The IEC website provides updates on the Commission’s research work. This is currently in its final stages. The IEC’s final report is due to be published in the autumn of 2019.

You will find further information on the work of the IEC at:

NRP 76 - Welfare and Coercion - Past, Present and Future

In February 2017, the Federal Council commissioned the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to carry out a new national research programme entitled ‘Welfare and Coercion – Past, Present and Future’ (NRP 76). This NRP will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the issue, taking a multi-disciplinary approach.

For further information, please visit the NRP 76 website or contact NRP 76 Programme Manager Dr. Stephanie Schönholzer.

Other research projects funded by the cantons, churches, etc.

Examples : Rathausen – LU ; Fischingen – TG ; Münsterlingen – TG ; Bätzi – SG; Burghölzli – ZH ; Institut Marini – FR

For further information, please contact the CSMP Unit office.

Individuals who have been victims of sexual abuse associated with the Catholic Church can contact:

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