News Any news will be published on this page. At the Carl Hilty Forum event on Tuesday, 5 July 2022, 7 p.m., at Werdenberg Castle, Stefan G. Schmid will speak on the topic of “Carl Hilty und die direkte Demokratie” (“Carl Hilty and direct democracy”) and shed light on Carl Hilty's (1833–1909) contribution as a scholar and politician to the foundation of modern direct democracy in Switzerland. The Master course "HSG im Bundeshaus – Rechtsetzung in Theorie und Praxis" led by Prof. Dr. Stefan G. Schmid and Councillor of States Dr. Andrea Caroni took place from 4 to 7 April 2022 in the Federal Palace in Bern and at the University of St.Gallen. One of the highlights of the stay in Bern was a meeting and Q&A session with Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter. She received the participants in the Salon de la Présidence next to the Federal Council chamber, which the students were also allowed to enter as a further highlight. A publication by Stefan G. Schmid and Micha Herzog discusses the challenges under constitutional law arising from the Covid 19 Act in the light of the referendum of 28 November 2021. The 7th Scientific Conference of the Forschungsinstitut direkte Demokratie (Research Institute for Direct Democracy) – «Der Kanton Graubünden und sein Beitrag für die direkte Demokratie in der Schweiz» («The Canton of Grisons and Its Contribution to Direct Democracy in Switzerland») – will take place on Saturday, 2 October 2021, 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., at the Haus der Begegnung, Ilanz. Stefan G. Schmid will talk about the important Grisons politician and democratic theorist Florian Gengel (1834–1905). A publication by Stefan G. Schmid, Micha Herzog and Dumenig Stiffler deals with the institution of the retrospective referendum against urgently declared federal laws in general and the 13 June 2021 referendum on the Covid 19 Act in particular. Volume XVII of the COMMENTATIONES HISTORIAE IURIS HELVETICAE has been published and is available online free of charge. Two publications by Andrea Caroni and Stefan G. Schmid deal with the role of the Swiss federal parliament in the (Corona)-crisis. Prof. Dr. Stefan G. Schmid’s inaugural lecture on the topic of “Constitutio semper reformanda: permanente Verfassungsrevision als wahre Zauberformel der Schweiz?” will take place on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, 6:15pm in the library building of the University of St. Gallen. Volume XVI of the COMMENTATIONES HISTORIAE IURIS HELVETICAE has been published and is available online free of charge.