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).
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".
Impressions 2019 LSUE
Fotos: © Christoph Arnet, arnetfotografik
Impressions 2018 LSUE
Photos: © Roberto Conciatori
Goals & Measures LSUE
“Building a Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility – the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” aims to make a long-lasting impact by following the project goals consistently:
- Teaching specific methods and instruments used in ethics so that the participants learn how to deal with moral dilemmas and how to cope with ethical challenges in the respective fields of study.
- In dialog with the faculty and each other, enabling the participants to gain additional specific skills beyond their own subject in fields such as environmental ethics, technology ethics, business and finance ethics, intercultural ethics, ethics of human rights, biomedical ethics etc.
- Establishing a global exchange 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 on these topics and questions. This allows them to contribute to societal, political, institutional or organizational opinion-making and decision-making processes from an ethical standpoint and thus play a key role in creating a better present and future.
- Developing specific ethical skills that open up new opportunities for alumnae and alumni as unique selling points for their careers (for example, in the field of corporate social responsibility).
- Developing the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” further – on one hand in relation to the phases of the academic career (BA, MA, PhD, postdoc) and on the other in terms of the topics discussed – in order to enable participants to explore topics in more detail and allow for interdisciplinary research possibilities.
Building a Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility
Globalization also demands a global, interdisciplinary discourse on ethics and networking of the committed decision makers of today and the future. The project focuses on promoting the development and sustainable expansion of a “Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility” with ten specific measures:
- Interactive teaching and learning methods towards a practical interdisciplinary discourse
- Specific program points used for targeted networking
- Joint networking activities with a specific follow-up in mind
- Active mentorship – participants act as mentors to each other and contribute their respective expertise and neutral perspectives in an advisory capacity to two final papers
- Implementation of joint projects with an ethical relevance based on the fundamental knowledge learned during the Summer University
- Annual conferences towards continuous thematic and project-related dialog
- Participation of alumnae and alumni at research at the ISE
- Regular online exchange events
- Online work and research platforms
- Continuous interaction with the faculty through consultation and regular discussions on possible joint research projects and study/research partnerships
Unique Value Propositions LSUE
"Building a Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility – the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" has the following unique value propositions – all of which are founded on the basic principle of "Know how, act now":
- To train the participants in critical analysis, respecting different perspectives and holding a constructive debate on moral questions and ethical topics of today and tomorrow in a global context.
- To bring those active in the fields of science and research together to discuss moral questions and ethical topics – beyond the boundaries of academic fields, cultures, tra¬ditions, religions and world views – and to promote this exchange on a long-term basis in order to also achieve globalization in the interdisciplinary discourse on ethics.
- To form a constantly expanding, global network of committed decision makers who have their finger on the pulse thanks to their active participation and, moreover, are able to anticipate new topics and developments of ethical relevance.
Desired Impact LSUE
Skills and responsibilities
- Participants use specific methods and instruments of ethics to deal with moral dilemmas and to master ethical challenges in their respective fields of study.
- In dialog with the faculty and each other, participants gain specific skills in the field of ethics.
- Alumni address moral questions and ethical topics in their working environment and advise others in these topics and questions.
- Alumni become ambassadors for the professional and thorough handling of contemporary ethical challenges and moral questions in a global context and thus bring their newly acquired skills into the macrosocial discourse so that their respective occupational, geographical and cultural contexts can also benefit.
- The “Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility” promotes a continuous worldwide networking of skills, together with exchanges and advice between those active in the field of science and research.
- Mentorship requires commitment, involvement and responsibility towards third-party projects, and gives the mentor a sense of ownership with regard to the respective project.
- Alumni carry out projects of ethical relevance together based on the fundamental skills learned as part of the Summer University.
- Together with the faculty, alumni develop interdisciplinary research projects and outline international study and research partnerships.
- The entire content of the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” is made accessible to distance learning students in the form of online podcasts.
- Two evening events open to the public will take place as part of the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context”, and will also be broadcast to a wider audience via live stream.
- The commitment of the alumni in their respective occupational, geographical and cultural contexts results in the promotion of snowball effects.
- Accompanying communication and media work as part of the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” in the respective contexts of the alumni increase interest and awareness of ethical challenges and moral questions in a targeted manner.
- Thanks to the patronage of UNESCO, the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context” takes up a promising international position that directly benefits Switzerland as a research hub.
- Relation between ethics and law
- Global inequality and poverty
- Climate change
- Global justice and human rights
- Escape and migration
- Finance and economy
- Digitalization and robotization
- Artificial intelligence
The detailed program of the "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" in 2020:
Thursday, June 4, 2020
- Kick-Off Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context with Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kirchschläger and Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
- Opening Ceremony with Prof. Dr. Robert Vorholt (Dean of the Faculty of Theology), Prof. Dr. Alexander Trechsel (Member of the University Executive Board) and Leoluca Orlando (Mayor of Palermo)
- What is Ethics? An Introduction with Prof. Dr. Peter Kirchschläger, University of Lucerne
- Climate Protection and Development with Bishop Dr. Erwin Kräutler
- Meet LSUE Alumnae/i: III Online Annual Conference
- EthikImpuls "Klimaschutz und Entwicklung" (public access, in German) with Bishop Dr. Erwin Kräutler
Friday, June 5, 2020
- Gender and Ethics with Katiúscia Ribeiro, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
- Colloquium for PhDs with Katiúscia Ribeiro
- Project-Workshops for master students with Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
- Business Ethics with Paola Ghillani, Paola Ghillani & Friends AG
The Relation between Ethics and Law with Prof. Gunoo Kim, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Saturday, June 6, 2020
- Social Entrepreneurship with Mona Mijthab, MOSAN
- Colloquium for PhDs with Mona Mijthab, MOSAN
- Project-Workshops for master students with Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
- Workshop "My Contribution to the Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility" with Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kirchschläger and Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
Sunday, June 7, 2020
- Digital Transformation with Akaliza 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
Monday, June 8, 2020
- Personalized Health with 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
- Colloquium for PhDs with Prof. Dr. Arne Manzeschke
- Project-Workshops for master students with Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
- Digitalization, Robotization, and the Use of Artificial Intelligence from an Ethical Perspective with Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kirchschläger, University of Lucerne
- EthikImpuls "Personalized Health" (public access, in German) with Prof. Dr. Arne Manzeschke
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
- Ethics and Humanitarian Aid with Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross
- Workshop for PhDs and master students with Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
- Workshop: Building a Global Network for Sustainable Responsibility: Follow-Up & Next Steps with Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kirchschläger and Estefania Cuero, University of Lucerne
- City Tour "Fountains and Water"
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
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
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
PhD and Doctoral students as well as MA students from around the world and from a variety of disciplines can apply to take part in building a global network for sustainable responsibility by participating in the “Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context”. They do this by demonstrating their interest in present and future ethical issues in a global context and by having specific plans on how they can achieve a positive effect by implementing the skills learned at the Summer University in their individual situation and academic work, not to mention what they would bring to the global and interdisciplinary network of people involved in the fields of science and research.
The "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" offers a specific program for PhD and Doctoral students and a specific program for MA students. (See above for the detailed program of the LSUE 2020)
Submission Deadline: March 22, 2020
Thanks to its solid foundations in the Institute of Social Ethics ISE at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lucerne and the patronage of UNESCO, «Building a lobal Network for Sustainable Responsibility – the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context» benefits from international partnerships with a range of different universities, including:
- Yale University (USA)
- Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies Chennai (India)
- Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies Nairobi (Kenya)
- University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- University of Sydney (Australia)
- University of Tokyo (Japan)
The "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" is made possible by, among other:
- Mercator Foundation Switzerland
- State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
The "Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context“ is realized in collaboration and 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
Coordinator Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context
T +41 41 229 52 27 – estefania.cuero@ unilu.ch
University of Lucerne
Faculty of Theology
Institute of Social Ethics ISE
P.O. Box 4466
6002 Lucerne, Switzerland