Daniel Messelken has studied Philosophy and Political Science in Leipzig and Paris (1998-2004). He has written his master thesis in 2004 on “Just Wars Today?“. He finished his doctoral thesis on “The Notion of Interpersonal Violence and its Moral Evaluation“ in 2010.
From 2004-2009 he worked as an assistant to Prof. G. Meggle at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Leipzig. Since 2009 he is a Research Associate on “Military Medical Ethics” at the Ethics Centre of Zurich University (Cooperation with ICMM and Swiss Armed Forces), Scientific Coordinator at the ICMM Centre of Reference for Education of International Humanitarian Law and Ethics (www.melac.ch), and leader of the ZH Center for Military Medical Ethics (www.cmme.uzh.ch)
Since 2012, he is also member of the Board of Directors of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (www.EuroISME.org) and member of the Steering Group of the COST action “Disaster Bioethics” (www.disasterbioethics.eu). His main research fields include Just War Theory and ethics of violence, Military Medical Ethics, Disaster Bioethics, and Applied Ethics more generally.