More than 50 years of leadership in ethics for a complex world.

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University helped to invent the field of bioethics, beginning a tradition of creative leadership in practical ethics that continues into the twenty-first century.

Signature Projects

Bioethics Research Library

The Library is home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of materials on the ethics of health, the environment, and emerging technologies and serves as a resource to the campus, community, and beyond.

Intensive Bioethics Course

Each summer, a diverse cohort of healthcare professionals convenes on Georgetown’s campus to grapple with some of the most profound moral issues they confront in their work, guided by internationally-renowned bioethics scholars from the KIE and beyond.

Ethics Lab

A core mission of Ethics Lab is to innovate ethics education to help our students to responsibly confront — and help address — complex and evolving ethical challenges.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

The KIEJ publishes philosophically rigorous and empirically informed articles that explore the conceptual foundations and complexities of bioethical issues.

News & Announcements

All News & Announcements


Sullivan to present at end-of-life care seminar in Vatican City in February 2024

Joseph P. Kennedy Chair in Bioethics William F. Sullivan, MD, PhD will serve as a faculty member at an intensive seminar titled “Ethics of End-of-life Care: Contributions from the Arts and…

December 18, 2023


Reynolds quoted in Wall Street Journal story about ethical implications of advances in reproductive technologies

KIE’s Joel Michael Reynolds, assistant professor of philosophy and disability studies, was quoted in an October 28, 2023 Wall Street Journal essay titled “What If Men Could Make Their Own Egg…

November 22, 2023


KIE director quoted in Discover magazine article on “the thorny ethics” of Effective Altruism

KIE director Dan P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD is quoted in an August 4, 2023 online article in Discover Magazine on the “thorny ethics” of the philosophy of Effective Altruism, an approach to philanthropy…

August 14, 2023