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Chris Gastmans


Chris Gastmans (*1966) started his academic career in 1990 at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven. He has a Doctoral Degree in Theology, KU Leuven (1995). His doctoral dissertation is a critical study of the historical, anthropological and moral theological foundations of nursing ethics, conceptualized as an ethics of care. He received the position of Full Professor of Medical Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven. Since 2002, he is Secretary-General of the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME). He is the coordinator of the following research projects: Ethics of Care: Fundamental Research into the Underlying Views Regarding Care and the Human Person (2002-2006), Nurses' Involvement in Euthanasia (2003-2008), Written Ethics Policies on Euthanasia in Healthcare Institutions (2005-2009), Nurses' Involvement in Withholding/Withdrawing Artificial Food and Fluid Administration (2007-2010), Nurses’ Ethical Behaviour and Physical Restraints in Hospitals (2008-2012), Risk, Luck, and Responsibility in Health Care (2008-2014), Philosophical-Ethical Analysis of Care for Intimacy and Sexuality in Institutionalized Elderly (2010-2014) and of the EU research project Ethical Codes in Nursing: European Perspectives on Content and Functioning (2002-2005). He is member of the Editorial Board of Nursing Ethics (SAGE, London) and Nursing Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, Oxford). His most important book is “Between Technology and Humanity” (Leuven University Press, 2002) and "Justice, Luck and Responsibility in Health Care" (Springer, 2013). He published articles in international journals and books on end-of-life care ethics, elderly care ethics, empirical ethics, ethics of care, and nursing ethics.

Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law
Faculty of Medicine – KU Leuven
Kapucijnenvoer 35
3000 Leuven – BELGIUM
Tel: +32 16 33 69 53



Last Updated: Tuesday 05 February 2013