Professor of Philosophy & in Medical Ethics

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Kort vitenskapelig CV

Nationality, Birthplace
  • Norwegian, born January 26th, 1960 in Haugesund, city on south-western coast of Norway.

Academic Degrees


  • 122 publications, including articles and book chapters in The Lancet Oncology; Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 4th, 5th and 6th edition (Oxford University Press); Journal of Medical Ethics (JME); Euthanasia and Law in Europe (Hart Publishing, Oxford); Palliative Medicine; BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care; Progress in Palliative Care; European Journal of Palliative Care; Journal of Pain and Symptom Management; Annals of Palliative Medicine; The SAGE Handbook of Health Care Ethics (SAGE Publications); The Patient’s Wish to Die. Research, Ethics, and Palliative Care (Oxford University Press); The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association; author of the textbook Science, Ethics and Politics (in Norwegian) and (also in Norwegian) the book Assisted Dying – Concepts, Definitions, and Clinical and Ethical Matters.


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  • Across the years, my research within medical ethics also dealt with ethical and clinical issues related to withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in the seriously ill (non-treatment decisions; NTDs); ethical, clinical and philosophical aspects of the last-resort treatment strategy terminal/palliative sedation in the imminently dying; the concept of futile treatment; the intersections between health law and medical ethics; and the ethics of organ donation.

Former Positions

Committee Work

Supervision and Opposition, Ph.D. Candidates

  • Was supervisor for five candidates who defended their Ph.D. thesis at NTNU; three in philosophy (main supervisor) and two in social anthropology (co-supervisor).
  • Was second opponent at defence of dr.philos. thesis in philosophy at University of Oslo, Norway.

Lectures, Invited Speaker

  • More than 100 lectures as invited speaker at international congresses and institutions across Europe; at courses for medical doctors from specialities palliative medicine, oncology, geriatrics, neurosurgery, neurology and anaesthesiology and for medical students and nurses, in Norway and Sweden; and in different popular science settings in Norway.

Feature Articles and Interviews

  • 91 feature articles in several of Norway's largest nation-wide newspapers, as well as in local newspapers.
  • 75 interviews in magazines and on national TV and radio in Norway and Sweden.


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