Director: Centre for Applied Ethics and Head of Unit for Bioethics

Prof. Anton Van Niekerk

Anton van Niekerk (MA, BTh, DPhil, Lic in Theology) is distinguished professor of Philosophy and director of the Centre for Applied Ethics at Stellenbosch University. He specializes in the fields of Bioethics, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of the Human Sciences. He is the course director of the postgraduate programs in applied ethics that are offered by the depart​ment and Centre for Applied Ethics. He is the author, co-author and editor of 18 books and 145  peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He also written 32 book reviews and 150 popular articles. He is rated  by the National Research Foundation of  South Africa as a researcher with considerable international recognition (B2), and has served as convenor for the panel of experts involved in rating researchers in philosophy and political science. He has been appointed by the Minister of Health as a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC), the highest policy making body for research ethics in the country. In 1980, Van Niekerk was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal of Stellenbosch University for the best final year student on campus, having attained all his degrees cum laude. In 1995, he was awarded the Stals Prize for Philosophy by the SA Academy for Science and Arts. He is a founding director and chairperson of the Board of the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA). He has been a member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Research Council (2003-2013) and, from 2007 to 2012, a director of the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). He is a former President of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, a former editor of the South African Journal of Philosophyand a former member of the council of Stellenbosch University. He has delivered 67 papers at international conferences and has supervised 72 completed masters and 22 completed doctoral dissertations. In 2014, he was one of only 20 professors that Stellenbosch University promoted to the rank of distinguished professor.

Professor Van Niekerk’s full profile and publication list can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Profile

Dr. Susan Hall

Dr Susan Hall joined the department as a temporary lecturer in 2013, and was appointed permanently in 2015.  She received a scholarship from the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University for fulltime doctoral study in 2010, and completed her dissertation, “Harm and Enhancement: Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives”, under the supervision of Professor Anton van Niekerk in December 2012.  Her research interests include Bioethics and Environmental Ethics, and she is currently working on the ethics of biotechnological human enhancement.​

Dr. Hall’s full profile and publication list can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Profile

Extraordinary Senior Lecturer

Dr. Lyn Horn

Dr Lyn Horn is an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Applied Ethics. She is a medical practitioner and bio-ethicist (PhD) with a particular interest in research ethics, public health ethics and the philosophy of social justice. In addition to her role in the department, she is the Research Integrity Officer at Stellenbosch University, based in the Division for Research Development as well as a research ethics consultant at the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, Paediatric Department, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is also a past member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC), and served one three year term. Currently she chairs the Humanities REC (IRB) at SU and is a faculty member of SARETI (Southern African Research Ethics Training Initiative), an NIH-Fogarty funded programme. She also serves as a bio-ethicist on an international DMSB and is the African bio-ethicist on the PopART HPTN071 study.


  • Horn, L. 2013. Promoting responsible research conduct in a developing world academic context. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, 6(1): 21-24. DOI:10.7196/sajbl.256
  • Horn, L. 2013. Powers and Faden’s Theory of Social Justice Applied to the Problem of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa. Public Health Ethics, 6(1): 3-10.  DOI:10.1093/phe/pht004
  • Kruger, M. & Ndebele, P. & Horn, L. (Eds.). 2014. Research Ethics in Africa: a resource for ethics committees. Stellenbosch: Sun Press. (open access)
  • Chapters in the above book:
  • Horn, L. & Mwaluko, G. Public Health Research (including community cluster randomised trials)
  • Che Chi, P., Horn, L. & Kruger M. Risk-benefit assessment
  • Horn, L. & Zimba, M. Clinical trials
  • Horn, L., Sleem, H. & Ndebele, P. Research Vulnerability
  • Horn, L. & Mwaluko, G. Public Health Research (including community cluster randomised trials)​

Extraordinary Professor

Prof. Willem Landman

Prof Willem A. Landman was founding CEO of EthicsSA (2000-2010). He holds degrees from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar) and South Africa in philosophy, political philosophy, theology and law. He was professor at the Universities of the Western Cape (1986-1994) and North Carolina, USA (1994-2000), and has been professor extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch since 2000. He co-edited the highly successful book The bioethics reader: Editors’ choice, Blackwell, Oxford (2007) as well as the international journal Developing World Bioethics, Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2000-08). He served on several editorial boards as well as company ethics boards (Discovery Health, Momentum Life, Primecure), chairs the Ethics Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Southern Africa, and chaired the ethics subcommittee of the King Committee on Corporate Governance (2007-09). Willem was also a council member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoD), as well as Ethics Advisor for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland (2005-2010). He has served on the Executive Committee of Dignity SA since its inception in 2010.​​