Janne Rothmar Herrmann

Janne Rothmar Herrmann

Professor with special responsibilities

Primary fields of research

In her research Janne Rothmar Herrmann focuses on the legal regulation of health technology and health care, including:

  • Law, Science & Technology
  • Biolaw and Medical Law
  • Bioethics and research ethics
  • Reproductive rights, abortion, assisted reproduction
  • Conscientious objection
  • Law & Ethics

Current research interests include reproductive rights, the interaction between law and science and regulation of bioethical dilemmas in general.

Current research:

  • Principal Investigator "Reconceptualising Reproductive Rights" (funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark)
  • Partner in research project Ice Age. Entangled Lives, Times and Ethics in Fertility Preservation (funded by the Danish Research Council)
  • Partner in research project JURFAST - Legal framework for researchers' use of health data (funded by the Lundbeck Foundation)
  • Partner in The Cryopolitics of Reproduction in Denmark and Israel (funded by the International Network Programme)

Currently working on a number of papers in collaboration with national and international researchers on surrogacy, the Danish regulatory model on abortion, social freezing and a number of papers related to the University of Copenhagen's interdisciplinary 2016-project "Global Genes, Local Concerns". Working on a monograph on biolaw and bioethics in collaboration with philosopher Professor Thomas Søbirk Petersen.

Appointed member of the Dataethics Council by the Minister for Justice 2019-2023 and alternate member of the Committee for Scientific Misconduct 2017-2021 by the Minister of Science and elected governor for the World Association for Medical Law during 2018-2022. During 2010-2016 Janne Rothmar Herrmann is serving her 3rd term as a board member of the Danish Society for Medical Philosophy, Ethics and Methodology, during 2010-2015 she was Danish member of the Nordic Committee on Bioethics by appointment by the Nordic Council of Ministers and she has previously served on the Board of the European Association of Health Law. She is appointed external examiner in medical philosophy and health law at the Danish Medical Schools. She serves as scientific expert and ethics expert for the European Commission in the assessment of Horizon2020 projects.

She has published several monographs:

- Retten om de døde (The Law on the Dead), DJØF Publishing 2016

- Ret, privatliv og teknologi (Law, privacy and technology) - co-author Peter Blume. DJØF Publishing, 3rd ed. 2013
Reviwed (1st ed.) by Professor Henrik Udsen in Ugeskrift for Retsvæsen 2009B.268

- Retsbeskyttelsen af fostre og befrugtede æg - om håndteringen af retlige hybrider (The Legal Protection of Foetuses and Embryos), DJØF Publishing, 2008.
Reviewed by Professor Aslak Syse, University of Oslo in Retfærd 2009, nr. 2/125, p. 100-105.
Reviewed by Associate Professor, physician Birgit Petersson, University of Copenhagen in Ugeskrift for Læger 2009;171(8):623  
Mentioned by Professor Søren Holm, University of Manchester on the Journal of Medical Ethics blog


  • Biolaw and bioethics (master level)
  • Privacy and Technology (bachelor level)

Supervision of LLB, LLM and PhD students

Selected publications

  1. Published

    The Human Embryo and Foetus

    Herrmann, J. R., Jun 2017, European Health Law. den Exter, A. (ed.). Maklu Publishers, p. 201-219

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Barnets bedste ved omsorgsrelationer uden genetisk tilknytning - nogle kommentarer i lyset af Paradiso & Campanelli v. Italien

    Herrmann, J. R. & Pedersen, F. H., Sep 2017, In : Nordisk socialrättslig tidskrift. 15-16, p. 129-161 33 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Eggs on Ice. Imaginaries on Eggs and Cryopreservation in Denmark

    Herrmann, J. R. & Kroløkke, C., 2018, In : NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research. 26, 1, p. 19-35 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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