Professor Lars Materstvedt

  • Visiting Professor (School of Interdisciplinary Studies)


I am a Professor of philosophy and in medical ethics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

I was previously a researcher with the Norwegian Cancer Society, conducting interviews with terminally ill cancer patients at a palliative medicine unit about their attitudes towards, and wishes for, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

I chaired the Ethics Task Force on Palliative Care and Euthanasia of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).

I sat on a committee of the Norwegian Medical Association (NMA) that revised the organization's 2001 Guideline on palliative sedation for the dying, which in 2014 was approved by the central board of the NMA; named Guideline on palliative sedation at the end of life.

I am a former member of the Norwegian Government's National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (NEM).

I was previously a Visiting Research Fellow at International Observatory on End of Life Care (IOELC), Lancaster University

Research interests

  • Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide
  • Palliative medicine
  • Terminal/palliative sedation at the end of life
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (non-treatment decisions; NTDs)
  • Concept of futile treatment
  • Medical ethics
  • Intersections between health law and medical ethics
  • Ethics of organ donation
  • Normative ethics – including its relation to metaethics, applied ethics and descriptive ethics


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Additional information

I have more than 100 publications, including in The Lancet Oncology, Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Medical Ethics (JME), Palliative Medicine, BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, Progress in Palliative Care, and European Journal of Palliative Care.

A full list, as well as links to many of them, may be found under Publications on my personal website.