Members of the ECNH

The 12 independent members of the ECNH are ethicists from various disciplines (philosophy, theology, biology, medicine and law), representing different viewpoints. The members and the Chair are appointed by the Federal Council.

Members of the ECNH 2020-2023

Name First Name, OccupationFunction
Rippe Klaus Peter, Prof. Dr., Principal of the University of Education Karlsruhe (Germany) and Professor of Pratical PhilosophyChair
Arnold Markus (deceased), Dr. theol., until 2018 Lecturer in Ethics and Director of Studies at the Institute of Religious Education, University of LucerneMember
Monika Betzler, Prof. Dr., Chair in Practical Philosophy and Ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)Member
Camenzind Samuel, PhD, Senior Scientist for Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Insitute of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Austria)Member
Clavien Christine, Dr. phil., Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche (MER) in Ethics, Institut Éthique Histoire Humanités (iEH2)), University of GenevaMember
Gelinsky Eva, Dr. agrar., Coordinator of the Initiative for GE-free Seed an Breeding (IG Saatgut), independent scientist (semnar / saatgutpolitik & wissenschaft)Member
Guarda Greta, Prof. Dr., Group leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina) and Professor at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, BellinzonaMember
Hess Gérald, Dr. phil. I, Maître d'Enseignement et de Recherche (MER) in Ethics and Environmental Philosophy, University of LausanneMember
Mahlmann Matthias, Prof. Dr., Chair of Philosophie and Theory of Law, Legal Sociology and International Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of ZurichMember
Neuhaus Jean-Marc, Prof. Dr., Professor emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecularbiology, University of NeuchâtelMember
Pawel Pelczar, Dr., molecular biologist, Head of the Center for Transgenic Models, University of BaselMember
Schäfer Otto, Dr. sc. agrar., biologist and protestant theologian (environmental ethics), La NeuvevilleMember


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Last edition: 14.01.2021


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