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ETHICS, ECONOMICS, LAW AND POLITICS Online journal for interdisciplinary discussions on current problems

The second volume of our online journal has been published under the title "Sceptical Optimism? Dealing with the Problems of Our Time". "ETHICS, ECONOMICS, LAW AND POLITICS Online journal for interdisciplinary discussions on current problems" is freely accessible on the pages of the library of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (link).


For the second time, the student council of the MA EELP organised the excursion to Berlin and we were able to experience a perfect weekend together with the students. From 27-31 October 2023, the new students were able to get to know each other well, but also make contacts with higher semesters. The successful programme (city tour, visit to Museum Island, meeting at the Bundestag, visit to the Jewish Museum and extensive partying in the evenings) made this weekend a wonderful experience for everyone. Our international students in particular were thrilled to visit the capital right at the start of their studies.


We warmly welcome our new students! In October 2023, 25 students from 14 different countries (Afghanistan, Azerbajian, Egypt, Belarus,Germany, Georgia, Irak, Japan, Korea, North-Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Turkey, USA) started their studies.


In summer 2023, Prof. Dr. Caranti has recorded five teaching videos as part of the DAAD guest lectureship, which were funded by the DAAD. (link to videos)


One more EELP student (Sencer Odabaşı) successfully completed the MA Double Degree Programme PELP/ EELP.  After the study and research semester at the University of Graz Sencer Odabaşı wrote his MA thesis to the topic "Justifying Climate Dept: The Beneficiary Pays Principle as a Moral Warrant". The MA study programme EELP congratulates on his Master's degrees! 


As every year in Summer, the Reinecke Cup was one of the best events for the students of MA ECUE and MA EELP. The winner of the 2023 Cup is the MA EELP team. In a rousing football match, the MA ECUE team was beaten 4:5 in the end. The beautiful sporting event was framed by other matches in Flunky Ball, Spike Ball, Basketball and Kubb. The MA EELP student council provided enough food and drinks. A big thank you for that!

Reineckecup 2023 Teamfoto  Reineckecup 2023  Reineckecup 2023 Abend


On Saturday, April 1st, 2023, our students made contact with alumni at the EELP Career Day and learned first-hand what career paths are possible after graduating from the MA EELP. In addition to presentations on individual career fields (Sustainability Management, Public Affairs and Int. Government Relations in Finance and Banking Sector, Consultant for Sustainable Lobbying, scientific assistant/ PhD), inputs on career opportunities in the field of policy-making in the EU environment in Brussels were presented and open advice on various career fields as well as on applications and job interviews was offered by our alumni. The event was hosted by the association "Friends and Supporters of Business and Climate Ethics e.V.". The association and the MA programme EELP would like to thank our alumni and students for their active participation.

Following the successful Career Day, the 10th anniversary of our study programme was celebrated in the city of Bochum. The party and the club night that followed were a great opportunity for our alumni to meet up with old acquaintances, for our students to make new contacts and to realise once again how nice it is to celebrate with the EELP community.


Three more EELP students (Tom Gäbelein, Fabio Griehl, Ana Carolina Almeida Ayres) successfully completed the MA Double Degree Programme PELP/ EELP.  After the study and research semester at the University of Graz our students focused on following issues in their MA thesis:

  • Neoliberal Conceptions of the Welfare State – Social Policy Concepts in the Writings of Friedrich August von Hayek, Walter Eucken, and Milton Friedman
  • Automated Influence in the Digital Realm. Discussing Manipulation Claims in the Face of Distinct Mechanism and the Impact on the Basic Right to Freedom
  • The Influence of Privacy Theories on Potential Privacy-Preserving Technologies. An Evaluation of Google’s Privacy Sandbox Technologies from a Philosophical and Legal Perspective

The MA study programme EELP congratulates all on their Master's degrees! 


The summer semester's highlight outside lecture hall was the football match MA EELP vs. MA ECUE of the 2nd Reinecke Football Cup in May 2022. This year, in a very exciting match the EELP team won with 5:3. Marcus Reinecke played for each teams a half-time and scored for both teams one goal. Organized by the student council of both study programmes all players and a lot of EELP and ECUE students finished this event with a big party.

Spielszene  Pokaluebergabe Rede  Pokaluebergabe 


This summer the offical final of the 1st Reinecke Football Cup was played by the teams of the MA EELP and MA ECUE. In a very powerful and high quality game the EELP team has unfortuantely lost the game extremly tight with 2:3. Until the last minutes they were fighting and within the extra-time there were good chances on both sides. Organized by the student council EELP a legendary fun sport event is born. The namesake of the cup, Marcus Reinecke, was given his best to play for each teams a half-time. To be continued ...

Gruppenfoto 2 August2021


Meanwhile, four more EELP students (Lisa Schwirtz, Franz Sula, Victor Vigil Verástegui Rocha) successfully completed the MA Double Degree Programme PELP/ EELP in 2020. After the study and research semester at the University of Graz our students focused on following issues in their MA thesis:

  • Concept of an Universal Assesment Scheme in the Case of Entitlement Compensation of Climate-Induced Damage
  • Too Big to Fail and Systemic Risk - Economic and Risk Ethics Arguments for a Change within Institutional Regulation of Major Banks
  • The Moral Permissibility of Assisted Suicide - The Right to Die and the Obligations of Others

The MA study programme EELP congratulates all on their Master's degrees!


Gerry Satria Simanjuntak from Indonesia successfully completed as the first graduate the MA Double Degree Programme PELP/ EELP in February 2020. Within his semester abroad at the University Graz in Austria Gerry studied with focus on philosophy and political science and developed his research project. "In the first and second semester, we - the students - are still adapting to how the programme works and trying to connect all the materials that we learned. But in the third semester you really got to know what your studies want you to learn and what to do in future. And I figured all of it out in Graz - luckily." Back from Graz he wrote his Master's thesis on "Rectifying Global Coffee Supply Chain - Who Bears the Greatest Responsibility". The MA study programme EELP congratulates Gerry Satria Simanjuntak on his Master's degree!

First Double Degree 3  First Double Degree 2  First Doubel Degree 1

Gerry Satria Simanjuntak; Prof. Dr. Klaus Steigleder (director of MA EELP); Marcus Reinecke (coordinator of MA EELP) hand over the Master's degree certificates.


Since winter semester 2018/19 we offer the students of the MA EELP to study a semester abroad at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz/ Austria within the Double Degree Programme PELP/ EELP. The goal is to obtain a MA degree from both universities. Our partner programme MA Political, Economic and Legal Philosophy is deeply connected with the curriculum of the MA EELP, means that the reseach oriented in-depth module could be studied in the 3rd semester at the University in Graz. The MA thesis as the final exam will be supervised from professors of both study programmes. Each year we offer to our EELP stduents a maximum of 5 study places at the university in Graz.


Speech: Henry Shue "Distant Stranger and the Illusion of Separation: Climate, Development, and Disaster"

On Wednesday, 17th of June 2015, Prof. Dr. Henry Shue from the Merton College, Oxford University gave his public lecture on the topic "Distant Stranger and the Illusion of Separation: Climate, Development, and Disaster".

Henry Shue, is an USamerican philosopher and professor for political science and international relations at the Oxford University. His contributions to human rights theory as well as to normative problems of climate change since the 1990ies make him to one of the most important living moral philosopher. His influence reachs out far beyond the debates in philosophy and political science.


Speech: Sven Ove Hansson "Can we manage risks ethically?"

On Wednesday, 25th of June 2014, Prof. Dr. Sven Ove Hansson from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm gave his public lecture concerned with the question "Can we manage risks ethically?"

Speech: Prof. Dr. Thomas Pogge

On July 1st, 2013 Prof. Thomas Pogge gave a public talk on the "Health Impact Fund".
Thomas Pogge is Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale University. His research focuses on issues of justice, poverty and health.
The "Health Impact Fund" is a proposed way of paying for pharmaceutical innovation. It would incentivize the development and delivery of new medicines by paying for performance. This could change health outcomes and the distribution of pharmaceuticals in both the developed and developing world.

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Thomas Pogge on "Health Impact Fund"

On July 2nd, 2013 the Chair for Practical Philosophy and the Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities (KWI) in Essen hosted a workshop with Prof. Thomas Pogge (Yale University) concerning the „Health Impact Fund“. The workshop took place at the KWI in Essen (9.30am-4.30pm).