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Medicine – Ethics – Law

Stethoscope and gavel

MERH – Kompetenzzentrum Medizin – Ethik – Recht Helvetiae

Lead: Faculty of Law
Involved: Faculty of Medicine
Founded: 2010

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Brigitte Tag, Institute of Law (Criminal Law) (Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Gächter, Institute of Law (Constitutional and Administrative Law) (Deputy Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
  • Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rogler, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Thali, Institute of Forensic Medicine

Research Platform for Medicine, Ethics and Law

The Center of Excellence Medicine Ethics Law Helvetiae (MERH) promotes academic cooperation at the interfaces of medicine, ethics and law. Important topics such as human research, genetic testing, reproductive medicine, end-of-life decisions, assisted suicide, as well as forensic medicine, transplantation, the role of digitalization in medicine and data-management in healthcare are key components of the center’s research.


University of Zurich
Kompetenzzentrum Medizin - Ethik - Recht Helvetiae (MERH)
Freiestrasse 15
CH-8032 Zurich
Coordination Office
Ariana Aebi, phone: +41 44 634 36 83
Julia Tiefenbacher, phone: +41 44 634 57 08