Charlotte Wetterauer

Charlotte Wetterauer, Lic. iur.

Academic Associate

Deputy Head of the Clinical Ethics Unit: University Hospital of Basel

Phone: +41 (0)61 328 44 85


Short Bio

Degree in law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Freiburg, i. Br. Work as Clinical Ethics Consultant certified as Clinical Ethics Consultant and Coordinator for Ethic Consultation (AEM). Doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel on ethical and legal aspects of decision making capacity in patient care within the frame of the children and adult protection law of the Swiss Civil Law.

Research Interests

  • Legal issues in clinical ethic
  • Decision making capacity
  • Assisted suicide
  • Pre-implementation diagnostics
  • Shared decision making
  • Organizational ethics


  • Wetterauer C, Reiter-Theil S (in press) Ethisches Spannungsfeld – Freiheit und Schutz im Kontext der psychiatrischen Versorgung. In Ethik im Gesundheitswesen; Herausgeber Riedel A, Lehmeier S, Springer Verlag
  • Wetterauer C, Reiter-Theil S (in review) Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the European Context. In Thorny Issues in Clinical Ethics Consultation: North American and European Perspectives; Edited by Wasson K and Kuczewski MG, Springer
  • Wetterauer C, Schürmann J, Reiter-Theil (in press) The significance of professional codes and ethical guidelines in difficult clinical situations. In Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines: Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields; Edited by Hildt E, Springer collected volume
  • Wetterauer C, Reiter-Theil S (in press) Wenn ein Patient sein Leben beenden will: Rechtslage und Erfahrungen aus der Ethikberatung in der Schweiz. In Festschrift für Prof. D. Hart; Herausgeber Katzenmeier C, Springer Verlag
  • Reiter-Theil S, Wetterauer C (2019) Ethics of the therapeutic alliance, shared decision making and consensus on therapy goals. The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Edited by Trachsel M, Tekin S, Biller-Andorno N, Gaab J., and Sadler JZ. Date: Nov 2019 Link
  • Montaguti E, Schürmann J, Wetterauer C, Picozzi M, Reiter-Theil S (2019) Reflecting on the Reasons Pros and Cons Coercive Measures for Patients in Psychiatric and Somatic Care: The Role of Clinical Ethics Consultation. A Pilot Study. Frontiers in Psychiatry. ORIGINAL RESEARCH published 20. June 2019 Link
  • Schürmann J, Jähne S, Wetterauer C, Reiter-Theil (2019) Übersichtsarbeit - Ethikberatung in der Behandlung von Abhängigkeitserkrankungen. SUCHT 2019, 65 (3), 191–206 Link
  • Reiter-Theil S, Wetterauer C, Frei IA (2018) Taking One’s Own Life in Hospital? Patients and Health Care Professionals Vis-à-Vis the Tension between Assisted Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Switzerland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 15, 1272; Link