Academic enquiry

The academic enquiry into 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 76) is intended to be mutually complementary, with content coordinated so as to provide a comprehensive picture of the various compulsory social measures and placements. The relevance to the present of what took place in the past should also be given high priority in NRP 76.

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

Independent Expert Commission (IEC)

The Independent Expert Commission (IEC) had the task of investigating administrative detention and reporting on the results of its research. The IEC website provides an overview of the Commission’s research work. The IEC’s final report was 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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