Coordinators: D. O’ Mathùna, A. Addissie

Credit units: 3

Study time: 75



  1. Understand the difference between the legal (based on public consensus, or imposed by the authorities), the moral (based on religious rules deduced from instructions given by a transcendent authority), and the ethical approach (based on the individual perception of the value of the ethical issues at stake), to decision making in disaster situations.
  2. Explain international legal and regulatory issues related to disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies.
  3. Analyse concrete examples of ethical questions through general ethical reasoning, based on the weight of the values to be preserved in the decision making process.
  4. Analyse concrete examples of ethical questions through the application of the moral rules, imposed by different religions

Previous knowledge
The content of the programme unit on bioethics of the respective master programs.


Study material
The website of the master ( provides the students with the core content and “need to read” material. Exercises, executed individually or in group, at the website of the master or during the live-in course.


Mode of assessment
Test at the end of the module and final examination at the website of the master.



  1. General introduction to legal, ethical and moral aspects of disaster medicine (C Lepora, D. O’ Mathùna) 
  2. International legal aspects of disaster medicine (I. Hubloue)
  3. Ethical aspects in disaster medicine (C. Lepora)
  4. Moral aspects of disaster medicine (D. O’ Mathùna)


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