Francis Cheneval is a Professor of, and the chair in, Political Philosophy at University of Zurich. He is also the Head of the Universities Centre for Ethics, and a member the FP7-project bEUcitizen-Barriers to EU Citizenship executive board, the Centre for International and Comparative Studies University of Zurich executive board and the Competence Centre for Human Rights, University of Zurich executive board.

His current research interests include the political, economic, and ethical dimensions of systemic financial risk, human versus legal rights, and an examination of the ethics behind the right to democracy.