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10 Years Interdisciplinary Scientific Institution of Medicine, Ethics and Law of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

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  • corresponding author Kerstin Junghans - Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum Medizin-Ethik-Recht (Juridicum), Halle/Saale, Deutschland External link

GMS Z Med Ausbild 2012;29(1):Doc02

doi: 10.3205/zma000772, urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0007728

This is the English version of the article.
The German version can be found at:

Received: September 23, 2011
Revised: September 23, 2011
Accepted: October 27, 2011
Published: February 15, 2012

© 2012 Junghans.
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Since September, 18th in 2001 the Interdisciplinary Institution of Medicine, Ethics and Law of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg has been set itself the target to promote the discussion as well as the research of problems of the peripheral areas Medicine, Ethics and Law. The Interdisciplinary Institution celebrated its 10th birthday on October, 21st 2011 with a full-time symposium “to the future of Medicine, Ethics and Law”.

Everything has started with a series of lectures and since 2002 there have been also first readings in Health Care Law, so that in 2005 the postgraduate course of Medicine, Ethics and Law has come into existence, the core of the Interdisciplinary Institution, which has developed into an inimitable Master`s Program for Medicine, Ethics and Law in Germany, and which is accredited as professional development by the administration department of Saxony-Anhalt for employees to apply a special company leave. Since 2008 the Program can be completed with the Master of Medicine, Ethics and Law.

The Program is based upon the four pillars, which the management committee has established from, the Medicine, the Theology, the Philosophy and the Jurisprudence. To combine these four core areas and to bring them into public view, the Institution has published the scientific series of Medicine, Ethics and Law, in which dissertations about current topics of the Health Care Law are continuously released by lecturers or students of the Master`s Program.

“The program of study shall smooth the way to a new academic labor market. We qualify the alumni interdisciplinary, so that they can deal with legal problems of policy within the scope of Health Care Law appropriately”, as Prof. Dr. Hans Lilie (Executive Director of the Institution of Medicine, Ethics and Law) explains.

The Institution has grown to a platform for those who appreciate the interdisciplinary discussion. Furthermore there are periodically conferences and symposia about current political and international topics within the scope of Health Care Law, Stem Cell Research, and Transplant Medicine, where the participants have the possibility to use contacts and to compare notes. Apart from that there is no limit to dynamic interaction thanks to the registered association Meris e.V., which was founded by alumni in 2009.

As a scientific institution of the Martin-Luther-University the establishment lies in the heart of Halle and accordingly shares all the advantages the city and the university have to offer anyway. Not only the noticeable square around the university, but also the Juridicum, the library of the faculty of law, which is completely in terms to modern architecture and which offers a great view over the whole city, bring out the inimitable exploratory atmosphere.

In summer 2012 starts the Master`s Program for those who are interested in this kind of studies. Closing date for applications is the 15th of January.

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The author declares that she has no competing interests.