Searching for Ethics

Legal Requirements and Empirical Issues for Anthropology

  • Julie Perrin Institut d’ethnologie, Université de Neuchâtel
  • Nolwenn Bühler Université de Lausanne, Université de Neuchâtel
  • Marc-Antoine Berthod HETSL Haute École de travail social et de la santé Lausanne
  • Jérémie Forney Université de Neuchâtel
  • Sabine Kradolfer Université de Lausanne
  • Laurence Ossipow HETS Haute École de travail social Genève
Keywords: research ethics, legislation, informed consent, ethics committees, epistemology


This paper analyses the new legal provisions impacting qualitative research practices and contributing to the institutionalization of research ethics in Switzerland. After contextualizing the emergence of new forms of research regulation, it shows how their epistemological assumptions challenge anthropology. It then explores the issues related to the articulation between procedural ethics and processual ethics. Finally, it discusses the different postures which might possibly be adopted by scholars in anthropology and other qualitative social sciences.

Author Biography

Julie Perrin, Institut d’ethnologie, Université de Neuchâtel

Members of the EDTT: Julie Perrin (Institut d’ethnologie, UniNE), Nolwenn Bühler (Interface Sciences-Société, UniL; MAPS, UniNE), Marc-Antoine Berthod (HES-SO, HETS&Sa-EESP, Lausanne), Jérémie Forney (Institut d’ethnologie, UniNE), Sabine Kradolfer (PRN LIVES, UniL), Laurence Ossipow (HES-SO, HETS, Genève).

How to Cite
Perrin, Julie, Nolwenn Bühler, Marc-Antoine Berthod, Jérémie Forney, Sabine Kradolfer, and Laurence Ossipow. 2018. “Searching for Ethics: Legal Requirements and Empirical Issues for Anthropology”. TSANTSA – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 23 (May):138-53.