Professor of Philosophy & in Medical Ethics

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Nationality, Birthplace

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

Academic Degrees


  • 120 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)

Former Positions

Committee Work

Supervision and Opposition, PhD Candidates

  • Was supervisor for five candidates who defended their PhD 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; 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
  • 74 interviews in magazines and on national TV and radio in Norway and Sweden

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