Apology: Public Lecture Cancel: The Ethical Foundation of the European Union



Due to unexpected circumstances, the Ethical Foundation of the European Union by University of Saint Joseph and Macau Ricci Institute on 20th April 2017 is cancelled.

Due to unexpected circumstances, we apologise to announce that this public lecture tonight is cancelled.


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The people of Europe, in creating an ever closer union among them, are resolved to share a peaceful future based on common values. The roots of an ethical foundation are in Greek philosophy (humanism), Christianity and Roman law. Conscious of its spiritual and moral heritage, the Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity. Based on the principles of democracy the Union creates an area of freedom, security, comon good and justice. EU seeks to promote balanced and sustainable development and ensures free movement of persons, services, goods and capital, and the freedom of establishment. To this end, it is necessary to strenghten the protection of fundamental rights in the light of changes in society, social progress and scientific and technological developments by making those rights more visible in a Charter.


Prof. Anton Jamnik is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Ljubljana. Bishop Jamnik graduated from the University of Ljublijana in 1987, and continued his studies while working as the Chair of Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of the University. He completed his Master’s degree with the work “The Holy between Transcendence and Immanence in Contemporary Slovenian Philosophical Thought” in 1993. He continued his doctoral studies in Ljubljana and completed his PhD in Oxford with the dissertation titled “Rawls’ Attempt of Ethical Argumentation of Liberalism”. Bishop Jamnik published his most important book “Liberalism and the Question of Ethics” in 1998, since then, he has been publishing widely in the area of ethics, especially business ethics, bioethics and other fields of applied ethics.