Bayreuth law expert Prof. Dr. Stephan Rixen appointed to the German Ethics Council
University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 061/2020, 24 April 2020
The German Bundestag elected Prof. Dr. Stephan Rixen, Chair of Public Law, Social-Economic & Health Law at the University of Bayreuth, member of the German Ethics Council. Henceforth, he will belong to the inner circle of scientific advisers assisting the Federal German Government and the German Bundestag on ethics issues.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Rixen, Chair of Public Law I - Public Law, Social-Economic & Health Law, University of Bayreuth © UBT
Prof. Dr. Stephan Rixen has been working at the University of Bayreuth since 2010. He is Chair of Public Law, Social-Economic & Health Law and has in recent times become well-known to the public at large, especially thanks to his expertise on questions of "curfew" and a possible "compulsory vaccination". In addition, he is one of the most prominent voices on issues of scientific integrity. In his work on the Ethics Council, he will draw on experience gained as spokesman for the "Ombudsman for Science", a body set up by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to advise and mediate in conflicts in the area of scientific misconduct. Rixen is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy (Munich). Further, he is an advisory member of the Commission for Social and Societal Issues of the German Bishops' Conference. Last year, an independent research group, of which Prof. Dr. Rixen was also member, was commissioned by the Conference to draw up recommendations for reforming the compensation procedure for victims of sexual abuse.
The German Ethics Council deals in particular with the ethical and legal consequences of the modern life sciences, as well as current issues in medicine and health care. To this end, the German Ethics Council develops statements and recommendations for political and legislative action. Recently, for example, the German Ethics Council presented a recommendation on the coronavirus crisis. The German Ethics Council comprises 26 experts from the fields of law, medicine, natural sciences, theology, and philosophy. The members of the Ethics Council perform their duties independently. Their responsibilities are defined in the Ethics Council Act (Ethikratgesetz, EthRG).
"Health as a topic of interdisciplinary research is top of the agenda at the University of Bayreuth", Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth emphasizes. "Professor Rixen is one of the leading experts in health law in Germany. We are very pleased that he is taking his experience of the culture of interdisciplinarity we live by in Bayreuth to the German Ethics Council. On behalf of the University of Bayreuth, I wish Professor Rixen all the best and great success in his new position of responsibility."
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