Founded in 1964, the Institute for Social Ethics is a research center of the University of Zurich devoted to theological, theoretical, and applied ethics, with a focus on religion in the contemporary world. Areas of expertise include political, environmental, medical, and business ethics. With a strongly international focus, the Institute aims to bring together ethical reflection and public policy analysis to address matters of domestic and global concern.
The Institute's responsibilieties include:
- establishing and managing the curriculum in theological and social ethics at the University of Zurich
- implementing research projects in ethics
- organizing and hosting conferences and symposia
- cooperating with other ethics-related institutions in Switzerland and around the world.