Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism Bergen

Jenny Krutzinna

Dr. Jenny Krutzinna

Senior research fellow


Jenny Krutzinna is a researcher at the Center for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, and holds a Ph.D. in Bioethics and Biomedical Jurisprudence.

Her main research interest is the role of well-being as justification in ethical and legal argumentation processes, especially in the context of raising and educating children.

PhD in Bioethics and Biomedical Jurisprudence, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester
Thesis: “The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement in Children: a Risk of creating ‘Superhuman’ Disabled?”

MA in Health Care Ethics and Law , Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester

MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford

Get to know Jenny

What are you working on right now?

I am mainly working on the “Discretion and the Child’s Best Interests” project, for which we have concluded the first part of data collection and are now analysing the material and producing the first publications.

Can you describe your office space?

It’s a mess! I am actually very organized but you wouldn’t guess from looking at my desk. I love post-its and they are everywhere. The downside of being situated in a beautiful, listed building is that we cannot have anything on our walls, so everything accumulates on the desk.

Is there a book you’d recommend within your field?

For a great introduction, I recommend «Bioethics”, edited by the amazing John Harris. I became so fascinated with the issues covered in it that I decided to pursue a PhD in the field. For something less factual, I recommend Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, which raises a lot of interesting (bio)ethical issues. Although it was already written in 1958, it remains highly relevant today.

What is your background?

I read jurisprudence as an undergraduate and became very interested in philosophical approaches to law and and governance. My favourite elective subject was family and medical law, so a few years after graduating I decided to study for a masters degree in health care ethics and law, followed by a PhD in bioethics and medical jurisprudence.

My research is mostly applied, and I have always liked empirically informed bioethics. Since joining the Centre, I have expanded into actual empirical research, growing my social science research methods skills to complement my legal and philosophical background.

If you had to choose a different field, what would it be?

If I had to choose a different academic discipline, I would go for political science. If it had to be a different job altogether, I would choose to become a medical doctor, preferably a paediatrician.

If you were prime minister for a day, what would you do?

I would create a joint Ministry of Health, Education and Poverty Prevention, as I believe that these issues are inextricably linked and need to be addressed together. And of course, I would prioritise this ministry’s work!

What’s on your nightstand?

Books! I am currently exploring Norwegian feminist literature, so at the moment it is Amalie Skram’s Hellemyrsfolket.