German Ethics Council ( German : Deutscher Ethikrat ) (Precursor from June 2001 to February 2008: National Ethics Council ) is an independent council of experts in Germany working on the ethical , social, scientific, medical and legal issues and their consequences for the individuals and the society. It is host of the 2016 Global Summit of National Ethics / Bioethics Councils in Berlin under the Presidency of 2012-2016 Chair Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen of Cologne University .
On September 24, 2014 The German Ethics Council has recommended that the government abolish laws criminalizing incest between siblings , arguing that such bans impinge upon citizens.  
- Jump up^ “German Ethics Council: Incest Is Right” . The Daily Beast. 2014-09-24 . Retrieved 2014-10-05 .
- Jump up^ “Incest a ‘fundamental right’, German committee says” . The Telegraph. 2014-09-24 . Retrieved 2014-10-05 .