Due to the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to postpone this year’s Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE until 2021 (June 10 - 15, 2021).

Since we would like to offer all interested people the same opportunities to apply for the LSUE, we consider this postponement to be reasonable and appropriate under the current global circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.

Despite this postponement, we are already looking forward to holding the Lucerne Summer University LSUE again next year, thus preparing the ground for a global network of decision-makers who are concerned with the ethical issues of today and tomorrow.

Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE 10 - 15 June, 2021

Who is responsible for climate protection? What can be done against global inequality and poverty? How can global justice be connected with local traditions, cultural diversity and religious values? How can human rights be ethically justified as universal norms? What chances and risks arise from the growing use of artificial intelligence and increasing digitization?

"The Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" under the patronage of the UNESCO enables young scientists and researchers to examine ethical questions of today and tomorrow – beyond the boundaries of academic fields, cultures and religion – and to search together for solutions in a global context.

This practical and action-oriented dialog is ideal to nurture a constantly expanding, international network of committed decision makers who exchange knowledge, advise each other and work together. The guiding principle of this endeavor is "Know how, act now".


The LSUE pursues the following goals for a sustainable impact:

  • teaching specific methods and instruments used in ethics so that the participants learn how to deal with moral dilemmas and challenges (in their respective field of study);
  • establishing a global network for a worldwide networking of skills;
  • enabling alumnae and alumni to address moral questions and ethical topics in their working environment and to advise others;
  • developing ethical skills as unique selling points for their careers (for example, in the field of corporate social responsibility).

Building a Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility

Globalization also demands a global, interdisciplinary discourse on ethics and the networking of committed decision makers of today and the future. This is promoted by the LSUE in accordance with the guiding principle "Know how, act now" and through the implementation of the following measures: 

  • Interactive teaching and learning methods
  • Joint networking activities
  • Active mentorship
  • Joint projects of ethical relevance
  • Annual conferences
  • Regular online exchange events

LSUE Faculty

The faculty of the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” is both interdisciplinary and international. It follows a hands-on approach and brings together experts from international organizations, science and research, business, arts, and interfaith and intercultural dialog:


Paola Ghillani, Entrepreneur

Prof. Gunoo Kim, Law Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Bishop Erwin Kraeutler, Bishop of Xingu, Winner of the Right Livelihood Award

Prof. Dr. Arne Manzeschke, Professor of Anthropology and Ethics for Health Professions at the Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg and President of the European Research Society for Ethics Societas Ethica

Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC

Mona Mijthab, Founder of MOSAN and Lecturer for Strategic Design

Akaliza Keza Ntwari, Entrepreneur from Rwanda in the field of technology, one of the founders of "Girls in ICT Rwanda" and a member of the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Leoluca Orlando, Mayor of Palermo

Katiúscia Ribeiro, Professor of Gender and intersectionality, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro


Prof. Dr. Christine Abbt, Chair for Political Philosophy, University of Lucerne

Alessio Allegrini, Conductor, Hornist and Founder of Musicians for Human Rights

Nnimmo Bassey, Environmentalist Activist, Winner of the Right Livelihood Award

Prof. Dr. Boudewijn de Bruin, Professor of Financial Ethics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen

Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni, Vice Rector and Tenured professor of International, Constitutional and Comparative Law of the University of Lucerne

Thomas Coombes, Head of Brand & Deputy Director, Communications, Amnesty International

Julian Fifer, Artist Manager and Producer of Musicians for Human Rights

Prof. Dr. Charles Foster, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. Dr. theol. Lic. rer. soc. Ulrich Hemel, Director of the “Weltethos” Institute, University of Tuebingen, and Professor of Religious Education Theory, University of Regensburg – CV

Cilia Kanellopoulos, Head of Social Innovation, Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications & Katherine Prescott, Co-Founder of Free-D

Dr. Stephan Rothlin SJ, Director of the Macau Ricci Institute, Founder & CEO of Rothlin International CSR Management Consulting, Beijing & Hong Kong

Prof. Dr. Robert Vorholt, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Lucerne

Ani Zonneveld, Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values and founding member of Alliance of Inclusive Muslims


Rabbi Jehoschua Ahrens, Co-Initiator of the Orthodox Rabbinic Statement on Christianity and SNSF PhD student, University of Lucerne                             

Prof. Dr. Rana Alsoufi, Assistant Professor for Islamic Theology, University of Lucerne                                                                                                          

Jakob Brossmann, director of the multi-award-winning film “Lampedusa in Winter”                                                                                                                 

Samia Haimoura, Founder and CEO of SEON                                                                                                                                                                            

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Herdt, Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Divinity and Professor of Religious Studies, Yale Divinity School, Yale University                                  

Cilia Kanellopoulos, Head of Social Innvoation, Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications                                                                                       

Prof. Dr. Adrian Loretan, Chair of Canon Law and Law-and-Religion; Co-Director of the Center of Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion, University of Lucerne      

Jan Miotti , Head Communications and Projects, Wasser für Wasser WfW

Stephan Mueller, Manager of the Faculty of Theology, University of Lucerne

Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak, former UN-Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, founder of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights and Secretary General of the European Inter-University Institute for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice.

Prof. Dr. Laura Palazzani, Professor of Philosophy of Law and Biolaw, Lumsa University in Rome; Member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee; Member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies of the EU Commission

Rob van Riet, Director of the Climate Energy Program at the World Future Council in London. He coordinated the WFC's Disarmament Program from 2010 to 2018 and served as UK Coordinator for the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament from 2011 to 2018

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He serves as special advisor to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the objectives of sustainable development and is director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Stefania Schenk Vitale, Assistant-Director and Interpreter of the multi-award-winning film “Lampedusa in Winter”

Martina Tollkühn, Dipl. theol., Scientific Assistant at the Chair of Canon Law and State-Church Law, University of Lucerne

Prof. Dr. Florian Wettstein, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics at the University of St.Gallen, Vice-President of the International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics (ISBEE) and Editor-in-Chief of the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ) published by Cambridge University Press

Impressions 2019

Impressions 2018


Who can apply?

  • PhD and Doctoral students as well as MA students  

Do I have to study a specific subject?

  • No, PhD and Doctoral Students as well as MA students from all disciplines can apply.

How do I apply?

  • Show us your interest in ethical questions of today and the future in a global context.
  • Outline your plan on how to achieve a positive impact within your context or academic reserach through ethical skills and knowledge.
  • Explain to us how you want to contribute to the global and interdisciplinary network.



In order to make selected content of the "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" accessible to the public and thereby achieve a sensitization of the broad public for ethical questions and topics, two public discussion fora of the "EthikImpuls"-Series take place as part of the LSUE.


The "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" under the patronage of the UNESCO is made possible by, among others:

  • Mercator Foundation Switzerland
  • State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI


The "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context“ is realized under the patronage of UNESCO.


Prof. Dr. theol. lic. phil. Peter G. Kirchschlaeger
Director of the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context; Professor of Theological Ethics; Director of the Institute of Social Ethics ISE

Estefania Cuero
Coordinator Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context
T +41 41 229 52 27 – estefania.cueroremove-this.@remove-this.unilu.ch

Yan Wagner
Staff Member Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context
T +41 41 229 52 28 – yan.wagnerremove-this.@remove-this.unilu.ch


University of Lucerne
Faculty of Theology
Institute of Social Ethics ISE
Frohburgstrasse 3
P.O. Box 4466
6002 Lucerne, Switzerland