Legal ethics deals with aspects of the right, the good, and the character on a societal level. In particular, this encompasses:
Work in this area inquires the normative-jurisprudential discourse on biomedical research in human life sciences and the applications in the clinical context and society. Issues include:
Healthcare professionals tend to perceive the law as a threat to and an obstacle in their daily work. Defensive strategies in medical practice are a common, systemic, answer to this perceived legal threat.
Research work in the area of foundations of legal ethics in healthcare deals with
The objective is to develop a legalo-ethical critique that acknowledges the mutual necessity of justice and care in healthcare law.
Institutions -- i.e., complex frameworks of rules -- shape our individual, organizational, and societal lives.
For example, the risk for diabetes could be lowered on the institutional level by introducing public policies on the maximum available volume for sugar-containing soft drinks. The alternatives on the individual level would be educational programs and appeals to the individual person's choice for a healthier lifestyle. Far more often than by explicit institutions, our decisions are influenced by more subtle institutional mechanisms ("nudges", R. Thaler & C. Sunstein).
From a legalo-ethical perspective, the relation between an individual's morality and the explicit or implicit institutions are of special interest:
Because ethics traditionally underestimates the importance of institutions, it is a core objective of this research area to inform ethics with insights from jurisprudence and economics.