Tasks and Objectives

The Institute provides a platform for scientific research and theory in the field of medical law, public health law and bioethics. The Institute's objective is to conduct integrant and interdisciplinary research and to discuss the range of medical and public health law problems by:

  • providing the professional and organizational requirements for integrant and interdisciplinary research projects
  • working out experts´ opinions and comments on problems of medical and public health law as well as in the field of bioethics, particularly on legislative initiatives and on other national or international regulation projects
  • training the new generation of legal scientists in learning integrant perspectives and in preparing for professions in medical and public health service
  • organizing national and international conferences
  • professionally co-operating with institutions of medical and public health law service and with institutions of national and international biomedical research
  • transforming scientific findings into practice
  • informing the public about the latest research results in periodical publications
  • building up and maintaining a scientific library


Two Universities – a joint Institute

The Institute for German, European and International Medical Law, Public Health Law and Bioethics (IMGB) was established jointly by the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg and the University of Mannheim in October 1998.

The Institute is managed by a board of directors formed by professors of both universities, comprising Prof. Dr. Jochen Taupitz as managing director as well as Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Thomas Hillenkamp, Prof. Dr. Peter Axer, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Dannecker, Prof. Dr. Lothar Kuhlen, and Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz. Thus, related to both universities, the Institute can rely on the expertise of excellent scientists from two law faculties. Connected to two universities, based on law faculties each focusing on specialized fields, comprising civil law as well as public law and criminal law, the Institute is the first of its kind in Germany. Supporting the work of the Institute by specific visual angles and enabling interdisciplinary research in such a scope, could certainly not be achieved by only one university and only one faculty of law. In particular worth mentioning is the co-operation with the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg, especially with the Institute for Forensic Medicine and the Institute for History of Medicine, with the faculty of National Economics of the University of Mannheim, for instance concerning questions of public health law, and with the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Mannheim, concerning for example the topic of hospital management, as well as with the Faculties of Philosophy of both universities.

The Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg

The Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, founded in 1386, whose worldwide degree of fame was mainly set in the field of the arts and jurisprudence as well as in the field of medicine, is Germany's oldest University. In addition to its established faculties it is due to nine special fields of research and research institutions like the German Cancer Research Centre, that the University of Heidelberg belongs to the representatives of the most innovative potentials among national and international universities.

The University of Mannheim

Academic life in Mannheim has its roots in the founding of the Palatinate Academy of Sciences in 1763 by elector Karl Theodor. The University of Mannheim emerged in 1967 from the Business College which was founded by the city.

Compared to other German universities, it is relatively small whereby the faculties of law and economics are dominating. The studies are determined by the university's intense international relationships. The various exchange programs, particularly those of the law faculty, guarantee an international composition of the students and the researchers and lecturers in Mannheim.