Dr Merten Reglitz

Dr Merten Reglitz

Department of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Global Ethics

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I’m a Senior Lecturer in global ethics and joined the Department of Philosophy in 2016.


  • PhD University of Warwick (2011)
  • M.A. Linköpings Universitet and Universiteit Utrecht (2007)
  • Magister Artium, TU and FU Berlin (2007)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, University of Auckland (2004)


  • Ethics and Global Ethics
  • Ethics and Global Ethics (DL)
  • Human Rights
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • 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.


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


Recent publications


Reglitz, M 2021, 'Fake news and democracy', Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy. <http://jesp.org/index.php/jesp/index>

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

View all publications in research portal


Social and political philosophy, human right to Internet access

Some articles discussing my research:

Press releases:

Media experience

Radio interviews:

  •  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