This project has received funding from the European Union
under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission

University of Münster

Münster, Germany
 

The University of Münster (Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet), one of the leading German universities, features, among others, experts in medical law and medical ethics. The university is renowned for its “Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics and BioLaw”, a joint venture by the Departments of Law, Medicine and Philosophy.

   

Thomas Gutmann (Full Professor, Chair of Civil Law, Philosophy of Law and Medical Law) is a well published author in medical law and philosophy, has served as a legal expert to the German Parliament and has conducted several research projects on ethical and legal aspects of organ transplantation for the German Research Council (DFG). He has published several books on this topic, including “Living Organ Donation in Europe” (in German: Organlebendspende in Europa. Rechtliche Regelungsmodelle, ethische Diskussion und praktische Dynamik, Berlin/New York: Springer 2002), „Patient Autonomy in Living Organ Donation“ (in German: Patientenautonomie am Beispiel der Lebendorganspende, Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2006, with Ulrich Schroth, Klaus A. Schneewind and Bijan Fateh-Moghadam), and a legal annotation of the German Transplant Act. He co-edited the 2002 International Congress on “Ethics in Organ Transplantation” in Munich. Thomas Gutmann is chair of the Münster University’s “Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics”, principal investigator in the University of Münster’s Research Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” and co-leader of work package 3 of the EULOD project. 

 
   
Bijan Fateh-Moghadam (Senior (Post-Doc) research fellow at the University Münster, Cluster of Excellency “Religion and Politics” and lecturer for medical law and sociology of law) has conducted several research projects on ethical and legal aspects of organ transplantation for the German Research Council (DFG). He has published several books on this topic, including “Consent to Living Organ Donation. Unfolding the Problem of Paternalism within the Horizon of Different Legal Systems – The Example of Germany and England, Munich: C.H. Beck 2008. Bijan Fateh-Moghadam is associated member of the Münster University’s “Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics” and co-leads work package 3 part 1 of the EULOD project together with Thomas Gutmann.  

 

Leonie Lopp (Project researcher in work package 3 part 1 of the EULOD project and Pd.D. student) graduated from Münster Law School last year and began working on her dissertation soon afterwards. She has been involved in the EULOD project since the beginning and works as researcher for WP 3. She started collecting material on legislation regarding living organ donation in the EU member states. Her task then is to compare the legal situations and to analyse the normative arguments that dominate the discussion of legal restrictions of the relationship between the donor and the recipient in living organ donation. Her final goal is to provide a best practice proposal regarding legal safeguards for living organ donation in Europe.
   
Ruth Langer (foreign correspondence clerk, administration secretary) studied English and German language and literature. She is secretary of the WWU “Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics”. She worked as foreign correspondence clerk and administration secretary at the University of Münster and in the Co-oordination Office for Drug-related Issues of the Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (LWL).  During the last ten years she co-organized and administered several projects in the Health and Culture Sector, funded by the European Commission. Therefore she has a lot of experience in administrating European projects, especially with regard to financial issues. In the EULOD project she works as administration secretary in WP 3, being responsible for finances and personnel matters.
 

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