Dr Merten Reglitz

Dr Merten Reglitz

Department of Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I’m a political philosopher/theorist and my main research interests are in distributive justice, global justice and ethics, and normative approaches to the internet.


  • PhD University of Warwick (2011)
  • MA Linköpings Universitet and Universiteit Utrecht (2007)
  • Magister Artium, TU and FU Berlin (2007)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, University of Auckland (2005)


  • Ethics and Global Ethics
  • Ethics and Global Ethics (DL)
  • Human Rights
  • Human Rights (DL)
  • Social Justice

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise students working on topics in global ethics, political philosophy, and normative approaches to the internet.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

See also this College Graduate School page for information on how to write a research proposal, which is an essential part of all applications for PhD supervision.


  • Global justice
  • Egalitarianism
  • Internet ethics
  • Political authority
  • Intergenerational justice
  • Kant's practical philosophy


Recent publications


Reglitz, M 2024, Free Internet Access as a Human Right. Cambridge University Press.


Reglitz, M 2023, 'The Socio-Economic Argument for the Human Right to Internet Access', Politics, Philosophy & Economics, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 441–469. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470594X231167597

Reglitz, M 2022, 'Fake news and democracy', Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 162-187. <https://doi.org/10.26556/jesp.v22i2.1258 >

Reglitz, M & Rudnick, A 2020, 'Internet access as a right for realizing the human right to adequate mental (and other) health care', International Journal of Mental Health, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 97-103. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207411.2020.1727019

Reglitz, M 2020, 'The human right to free Internet access', Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 314-331. https://doi.org/10.1111/japp.12395

Reglitz, M 2019, 'A Kantian argument against world poverty', European Journal of Political Theory, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 489-507. https://doi.org/10.1177/1474885116662566

Reglitz, M 2017, 'Fairness to non-participants: a case for a practice-independent egalitarian baseline', Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 466-485. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2015.1037575

Reglitz, M 2016, 'The Practice-Independence of Intergenerational Justice', Utilitas, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 415-440. https://doi.org/10.1017/S095382081600008X

Reglitz, M 2015, 'Political legitimacy without a (claim-) right to rule', Res Publica, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 291-307. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11158-015-9267-0

Special issue

Reglitz, M 2016, 'Medical Brain Drain: Free-Riding, Exploitation, and Global Justice', Moral Philosophy and Politics, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 67-81. https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2015-0021

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Social and political philosophy, human right to Internet access

Articles discussing my research

Press releases

Media experience

Press interviews

Radio interviews

  • Interviewed by Grace Galante for Viewpoints Radio, American Urban Radio Networks, December 2022.
  • Interviewed by Maj Valerij for Frekvenca X, Radio VAL 202 (Slovenia), June 2020.
  • Interviewed for the World Business ReportBBC World Service, November 2019. 
  • Interviewed by Eddie Mair for LBC Radio, November 2019.
  • Interviewed by Manfred Kloiber for Computer und KommunikationDeutschlandfunk (Germany), November 2019.




  • Global justice 
  • Egalitarianism
  • Internet ethics
  • Political authority
  • Intergenerational justice
  • Socio-economic inequality

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