Professor of Theological Ethics

Prof. Dr. theol. lic. phil. 

T +41 41 229 52 61

Frohburgstrasse 3, Raum 3.B41



Born 1977 in Vienna (A). Studies of Theology and Judaism in Lucerne, in Rome (Gregoriana), and Jerusalem (2001: MA at the University of Lucerne) and studies of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Political Science at the University of Zurich (2003: MA at the University of Zurich). 2000-2008: Member of the Swiss Study Foundation. 2002: Intensive Course in Entrepreneurship at the Babson College (Wellesley, MA) thanks to the NETS (New Enterpreneurship)-Award of Gebert Ruef Foundation. 2004-2008: PhD at the University of Zurich with a research-project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). September 2005-August 2006: Research Stay at the University of Chicago Divinity School (USA) with a scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Study Foundation, and the Otto-Herz-Study-Foundation. 2008: PhD at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Zurich. 2012: Habilitation in Theological Ethics with focus on Social Ethics at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Fribourg and appointment as Private Lecturer. 2013-2017 Fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University (Sweden). Since 2014 Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein (South Africa). 2015-2019 Guest-Lecturer at the Leuphana University Lueneburg (Germany). 2015-2017 Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lucerne and Visiting Fellow at Yale University (USA). Since 2017 Professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Institute of Social Ethics ISE at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lucerne.

Since 2017 Founder and Director of the "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE" under the patronage of UNESCO and since 2018 Founder and Director of the "Lucerne Graduate School in Ethics LGSE".

2003-2015 Co-Founder and Co-Director of the International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF). 2007-2015 Lecturer, Co-Founder, and Co-Director of the Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB) at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne. Since 2004 guest-lectures at universities in Switzerland and abroad (among others, Harvard University, Columbia University, …). 2011-2015 Chair ad interim at the Chur University of Theology and 2013-2015 Dean of Research at the Chur University of Theology. 2011-2015 Member of the Board of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights. 2011-2017 Member of the Expert-Jury of the Swiss Ethics Award. 2013 Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney (Australia). 2013-2014 Guest-Professor at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). 2015-2019 Guest-Lecturer at the Leuphana University Lueneburg (Germany).

Consultative expert in Ethics of national and international organizations and institutions (e.g., UN, UNESCO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [OSCE], European Union [EU], Council of Europe, Companies and NGOs). Co-Editor of the Journal "AI Perspectives". Reviewer of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), for the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG),  for the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and of the Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik zfwu. Member of the Commission Justitia et Pax of the Swiss Bishop’s Conference and member of a working-group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on a standard on ethics in IT design. Member of the working-group Mobility 4.0 of the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC). Academic Director of the Freedom Flowers Foundation and Human Rights Adviser of the Non-Profit Organization „Musicians for Human Rights“. Member of the Advisory-Board of the Non-Profit-Organizations „Water for Water“ and „Play for Rights“. Member of the Advisory-Board of the Think Tank for Decentralization "Dezentrum". Member of the Board of Trustees of Switzerland Foundation of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Corresponding Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forum Alpbach.


Research focuses

  •     Digitalization, Automatization, Maschinization und Robotization from an Ethical Perspective
  •     Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
  •     Business Ethics and Ethics of Finance
  •     Ethics of Human Rights
  •     Political Ethics
  •     Foundations of Theological Ethics
  •     Ethics and the Bible
  •     The Relation Between Ethics and Law


Research Projects


  •     Digital transformation and the use of artificial intelligence from an ethical perspective
  •     Human rights and business
  •     Human rights and religious and woldview-based communities
  •     Conscience from a moral theology perspective
  •     Music and human rights
  •     Violence – protest – inequality from an ethical perspective



Journal Article

Book Section

Edited Book

Article in Public Media


Media: Audio, Video


Contribution/presentation at a scientific conference

Contribution/presentation at a non-scientific event

Single lecture, talk, presentation at invitation

Vested interests


  • Rotary Club Luzern-Wasserturm, Member, Switzerland, 2018–
  • Konzernverantwortungsinitiative, Unterstützer, Switzerland, 2018–
  • Kirche für KoVi, Unterstützungskomitee, Switzerland, 2018–
  • Internationale Vereinigung für Moraltheologie und Sozialethik, Member, Italy, 2017–
  • Societas Ethica - European Society for Research in Ethics, Member, Germany, 2017–
  • Europäische Gesellschaft für Katholische Theologie, Member, Belgium, 2017–
  • Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church CTEWC, Member, United States, 2017–
  • Society of Christian Ethics, Member, United States, 2017–
  • International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics, Member, Australia, 2017–
  • European Business Ethics Network EBEN Europe, Member, France, 2017–
  • Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik EBEN Deutschland e.V., Member, Germany, 2017–
  • Alumni Schweizerische Studienstiftung, Member, Switzerland, 2017–

Functions and services for other Higher Educational Institutions or research organisations

  • Akademischer Partner, Blockchain-Hub «Trust Square», Zürich, 2018–
  • Research Fellow, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, 2017–
  • Gastdozent, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, 2017–

Other vested interests

  • Mitglied, Stiftungsrat der Stiftung Schweiz der Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste, 2020–
  • Co-Editor, Journal "AI Perspectives", 2020–
  • Mitglied, Arbeitsgruppe Mobility 4.0 des Eidgenössischen Departements für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation (UVEK), 2020–
  • Gutachten, Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG, Wien, 2019–
  • Gutachten, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds SNF, Bern, 2019–
  • Mitglied, Wissenschaftliches Kuratorium des Europäischen Forum Alpbach, 2019–
  • Mitglied, Arbeitsgruppe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE), 2018–
  • Mitglied, Kommission Justitia et Pax der Schweizer Bischofskonferenz, 2018–
  • Mitglied, "Arbeitsgruppe Geschwisterliche Kirche" der Landeskirche Luzern, 2018–
  • Mitglied, "Förderverein Luzerner Volksschulen", 2018–
  • Akademischer Direktor, Freedom Flowers Foundation, 2018–
  • Human Rights Adviser, Non Profit Organisation "Musicians for Humanrights", 2018–
  • Mitglied des Beirates, Non Profit Organisation "Wasser für Wasser", 2018–
  • Mitglied des Beirates, Non Profit Organisation "Play for Rights", 2018–
  • Gutachten, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Bonn, 2018–
  • Mitglied, Advisory Board, Think Tank für Dezentralisierung «Dezentrum», 2018–