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PhD Program 'Biomedical Ethics and Law' Law Track

Law Track

The Law Track of the PhD Program Biomedical Ethics and Law is designed for particularly qualified jurists who wish to focus on the theoretical and practical expertise required for academic practice in the fields of national and international medical law, health law and bioethics in both research and teaching.

The Law Track is offered by the Faculty of Law. Interested persons must go through a selection procedure beginning with a written application.

The modules of this PhD program are mostly held in German and require a sufficient level of the German language, however, the dissertation may be written in English upon request. Non-German speaking jurists may apply for associated participation to take our English modules.


Prof. Dr. iur. et Dr. med. Kerstin N. Vokinger, LL.M., graduate of our PhD BmEL, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Public Law at the University of Zurich with special emphasis on digitalization as of 1 May 2019. We congratulate her warmly on this achievement!

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Robert Jütte, lecturer at the PhD BmEL, received an honorary doctorate of Hebrew Letters from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in December. In addition, Prof. Jütte was again appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Medical Association (Bundesärztekammer), where he continues to hold the office of Deputy Chairman. Congratulations!

Our PhD student Mia Huber received a scholarship from the "Fonds zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses" (FAN) of the University of Zurich and the Ernst Göhner Foundation for her dissertation entitled "The potential of induced pluripotent stem cells in the area of conflict between medical progress and ethical restrictions". We congratulate her on this achievement!

Weiterführende Informationen

Application deadline:

For the spring semester: 1 Sept. - 31 Oct. For the fall semester: 1 March - 30 April

Graduate Campus

The Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich was founded to support PhD students and Postdocs during their scientific career. The Graduate Campus offers financing for interdisciplinary activities, access to a big network of researchers and organizes courses in the field of "multidiciplinary competences".

neuerscheinung feb19

New publication

A new book entitled "Das Lebensende in der Schweiz - Individuelle und gesellschaftliche Perspektiven" was published in February 2019. It was edited by our program director Prof. Dr. Brigitte Tag, Prof. Dr. Markus Zimmermann, Prof. Dr. Stefan Felder and Prof. Dr. Ursula Streckeisen.

More Informationen can be found here (German).