Reinhard Merkel

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Reinhard Merkel
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Reinhard Merkel in 2011
Personal information
Born (1950-04-16) 16 April 1950 (age 65)
Hof an der Saale, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Swimming

Reinhard Merkel (born 16 April 1950) is a professor in criminal law and philosophy of law and a retired West German swimmer. He competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in the 200 m and 400 m individual medley and finished in sixth place in the latter event.[1]

After retiring from swimming he studied law at the University of Bochum and the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. He also studied law, philosophy and literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, where he passed his state examination. After that he worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Social Law and at the Institute of Philosophy in Munich.[2]

Between 1988 and 1990 he was editor of the newspaper Die Zeit. In 1991 he won the Jean Améry Award for Essay Writing.[2][3]

After defending his PhD in 1993 in Munich and habilitation in 1997 at the Goethe University Frankfurt he worked as university professor of law in Bielefeld, Rostock and since 2000 in Hamburg.[2]

He wrote a number of books and other publications discussing neuroethics, bioethics and embryonic stem cell manipulations. Since April 2008, he a member of the The Hinxton Group: An International Consortium on Stem Cells, Ethics and Law, which is based in Hinxton, UK, and Baltimore, USA. In January 2011 he was elected to the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.[2] He is a member of the German Ethics Council for the term 2012–2016.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ Reinhard Merkel.
  2. ^ a b c d Prof. Dr. iur. Reinhard Merkel.
  3. ^ Prize winners.