Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius

Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius

Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius

  M.A.(Louv.),S.Th.D. (Louv.)


Room 205
Humanities A (Laws,Theology,Criminology)
University of Malta
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Mgr. Prof. Emmanuel Agius is the former Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. He studied philosophy and theology at undergraduate (S.Th.B.) and postgraduate (S.Th.L.) levels at the University of Malta and then at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, where he obtained an M.A. in philosophy and S.Th.D. He pursued post-doctoral research in the field of bioethics at the University of Tuebingen, Germany as a fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung; at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. as a Fulbright scholar; and at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, with the assistance of Theodore Hesburgh scholarship. He is professor of Moral Theology and Philosophical Ethics at the University of Malta. He is the former Head of the Department of Moral Theology at Faculty of Theology, a member of the European Group of Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), which is an advisory interdisciplinary group to the European Commission, and a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. For many years, he was an active member of the National Consultative Bioethics Committee, the coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Programme on Intercultural Dialogue, Human Rights, and the Future Generations Programme, which was supported by UNESCO. H.G. the Archbishop, Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna, appointed Mgr. Agius member of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter on 25th January 2018 and member of The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation on 1st August 2019. On 13th December 2020, Prof Agius received Malta’s highest honour (Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika) for his sterling service in the area of bioethics and professional ethics, both in his native country and on the international scene. Prof. Agius is the author and co-editor of a number of publications. Several of his articles on bioethical, social and environmental issues, marriage and sexuality have appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Bioethics
  • Theology and Sexuality
  • Theology of Marriage
  • Bioethical Issues in European Institutions
  • Theology of Sufffering and Pastoral Care of Terminally-ill and Dying Patients
  • Future Generation
  • Professional Ethics

AGIUS EMMANUEL, 2021. "Il tocco umano vs il tocco robotico nell'assistenza agli anziani". In: GRASSI, PIETRO & ZAMMIT, RAYMOND (EDS), ed, La bioetica e i cinque sensi. First edition edn. Todi, Italy: Tau editrice, pp. 399-412.

AGIUS, E., 2021. Heritable human genome editing: our moral responsibilities towards future generations. Medicina e Morale, 2:, pp. 205-225.

AGIUS, E., 2021. Marriage as Sacrament: Baptism or the Practice of Faith of the Spouses? . Melita Theologica, 71(1), pp. 1-18.

AGIUS EMMANUEL , , 2020. Formation of conscience and discernment. In: SHAJI GEORGE KOCHUTHARA, ed, Vocation and Mission of the Family: Reflections on Chavarul and Amoris Laetitia. Dharmaram Publications, pp. 434–452.

AGIUS EMMANUEL , BERNICE AZZOPARDI MELI, ANTHONY G. FENECH, MARIA CORDINA, 2020 Ethical aspects pertaining to the use of pharmacogenetic tests. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, .

AGIUS, E., 2020. Robethics: New Challenges and Opportunities for Theology. In: VINCENZO PAGLIA AND RENZO PEGORARO, ed, Robo-Ethics. Humans, Machines and Health. Pontifical Academy for Life, pp. 115-139.

AGIUS, E., 03 August 2020. Challenges faced by patients, relatives and clinician in end-stage dementia decision-making: a qualitative study of swallowing problems. Journal of Medical Ethics Online First, .

AGIUS, E. & ZAMMIT, R. (EDS), ed, 2019. Contemporary Issues in Bioethics. Malta: Outlook Coop.

AGIUS, E. & BERRY, J. (EDS), ed, 2017. Dixxerniment, Akkumpanjament u Integrazzjoni

Malta: Bestprint.

AGIUS, E. & BERRY, J. (EDS), ed, 2016. Minn Viżjoni għar-Realta’. Mixja flimkien b’Ferħ u Impenn. Malta: Bestprint.

AGIUS, E., 2016. "Clear as a Teacher and Tender as a Mother: The Interface between Doctrine and Pastoral Care", . In: KNIEPS-PORT LE ROI, THOMAS & BRENNINKMEIJER-WERHAHN, ALDEGONDE, EDS, ed, Authentic Voices, Discerning Hearts. New Resources for the Church on Marriage and Family. Lit Verlag, Zurich, pp. 30-58.

AGIUS, E., 2016. “Cooperation in Marriage-Related Legislation” . Melita Theologica, 65(2), pp. 27-51.

AGIUS, EMMANUEL & SCERRI, HECTOR, ed, 2015.  The Quest for Authenticity and Human Dignity . Malta: Gutenberg Press.

AGIUS, E., 2015. “Cooperatio in Ehe- und Partnerschaftsgesetzgebung”, in Rosenberger, Michael/Schaupp, Walter (Hg.), Ein Pakt mit dem Bösen? Die Moraltheologische Lehre der ‘Operatio ad malum’ und ihre Bedeutung heute , Studien der Moraltheologie - Neue Folge 5, Aschendorff  Verlag, Münstner 2015,  181-200. In: M. ROSENBERGER WALTER, ed, Ein Pakt mit dem Bösen? Die Moraltheologische Lehre der ‘Operatio ad malum’ und ihre Bedeutung heute , Studien der Moraltheologie - Neue Folge 5. Aschendorff Verlag, Münstner, pp. 181-2000.

AGIUS, E., 2015. Safeguarding the unconscious patients’ overall benefit: towards a ‘consensus-building approach. In: AGIUS, EMMANUEL & SCERR, HECTOR, ed, The Quest for Authenticity and Human Dignity. University of Malta, Gutenberg Press, Malta, pp. 39-52.

AGIUS, EMMANUEL AND GALEA CURMI, JOSEPH, 2015. Family Ministry: The Interface between Church Doctrine and Pastoral Care. Melita Theologica (Between Two Synods: Journeying Together, ed. Agius, E. & Berry, J.), 65(1), pp. 11-41.

AGIUS, E., 2012. Il-Vara Titulari ta' Santa Marija fil-Qrendi, 175 ta' Storja u Qima. Qrendi , Malta: Bestprint.

AGIUS, E., 2012. "Human Dignity in European Public Policy on Biotechnology" in Melita Theologica Numbers 1-2, Volume 62/2012, pp. 23-54. Melita Theologica, 62(1-2), pp. 23-54.

AGIUS, E., 2012. "La possibile specificità epistemica di un'etica del Mediterraneo". A partire da un Maestro. Saggi di Teologia morale nel ricordo di Salvatore Privitera. Palermo, 2012: Pubblicazioni dell'Istituto di Studi Bioetici 'Salvatore Privitera', pp. 93-104.

AGIUS, E., 2012, August 14. "Public Policy on IVF Issues". The Times of Malta.

AGIUS, E., 2012, April 7. "The moral and civil law of IVF". The Times of Malta.

AGIUS, E., 2012. Religious Values and Bioethics in Malta . In: R. GOTHÓNI, ed, Religious Experience: North and South. Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, .

AGIUS, E., 2012. "Human Dignity in European Public Policy on Biotechnology" . Melita Theologica, 62(1), pp. 23-54.

AGIUS, E., 2012. Human Dignity in European Public Policy on Biotechnology . Melita Theologica, (1-2), pp. 23-54.

"Biotechnology and Human Dignity". 2011. Human Reproduction & Genetic Ethics, Volume 17(Number 2), pp. 155-184.

AGIUS, E., 27 October 2011. Banning Commercial Use of Human Emryos. Times of Malta, .

AGIUS, E., 2011. Biotechnology and Human Dignity
. Human Reproduction & Genetic Ethics, 17(2), pp. 155-184.

AGIUS, E., 28 October 2010. IVF, Morality and Public Policy. Times of Malta, .

AGIUS, E., 2010, Oct 28. "IVF, Morality and Public Policy".

AGIUS, E., , "Safeguarding the Unconscious Patients’ Overall Benefit: Towards a ‘Consensus Building’ Approach"
paper presented at a Seminar on 'Decision-Making Process regarding Medical Treatment in End-of-life Situations' organized by the Council of Europe, Strasbourg 30 Nov-1 Dec 2010
. Available:

AGIUS, E., Maggio-Agosto 2009. "Human Embryo Research and Dignitas Personae: A European Perspective". ßio-ethos. Rivista di bioetica, morale della persona e medical humanities, 6, pp. 49-57.

Agius E. Bioetica e disabilita'. In: Bioetica e Cultura. ; 2009. p. 35-45.

AGIUS, E., 2009. Human Embryo Research and Dignitas Personae: A European Perspective. Bio-Ethos. Rivista di bioetoca, morale della persona e medical humanities, 6(Maggio-Agosto), pp. 49-57.

AGIUS, E., 2009, 7 June 2009. Respecting the human embryo. The Sunday Times, 12.

AGIUS, E., 2008. Do Future Generations have Rights? In: E. ZAMMIT, ed, Maltese Perspectives on Human Rights. Malta: University of Malta, pp. 16-51.

AGIUS, E., 2008. Environmental Responsibility and Business Styles: Ethical and Theological Perspectives. In: L. MARIANI, ed, Business Styles and Sustainable Development. Roma: Fondazione Lanza, pp. 19-43.

Agius E. Esperienze didattiche a confronto: l' Universita di Malta. In: Girolami P, editor. L' Educazione alla bioetica in Europa. Torino: SEEd; 2008. p. 81-8.

AGIUS, E., 2008. Precauzione tra presente e futuro. In: L. MARINI and L. PALAZZINI, eds, Il Principio di Precauzione. Tra Filosofia, Biodiritto e Biopolitica. Edizione Studium edn. Roma: pp. 47-58.

AGIUS, E., 2007. La biotecnologia e la Dimensione Intergenerazionale della Soggesttivita'. In: L. PALAZZAN, ed, Nuove Bio-Tecnologie, Biodiritto e Transformazione Della Soggettivita'. Studium: Quaderni della Lumsa, pp. 83-102.

AGIUS, E., 2007. Disabilita', Bioetica e Diritti Umani: Una prospettiva Euro-Mediterranean. In: CAMOZZINO M and RUFFINATTO P, eds, Proceedings of the Third Intrnational Congress: Towards a New Humanism, Ethics and Disability. Roma: Comas Grafica, pp. 42-50.

AGIUS, E., June 16, 2006. Stem Cell Research Debate at EU Institutions. The Sunday Times, .

AGIUS, E., 2006. Environmental Ethics: Towards Intergenerational Justice. In: HENK TEN HAVE, ed, Environmental Ethics and International Policy. UNESCO Publication, pp. 89-115.

AGIUS, E., 2006. Intergration Justice. In: J. CHET TREMMEL, ed, Handbook of Intergeneration Justice. Chelterham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 317-332.

AGIUS, E., 13 August, 2006. Should terminally sick individuals be given the right to choose when to die? Malta Today, .

AGIUS, E., 10 April, 2005. The Syngamy Debate: When precisely does human life begin? The Sunday Times, , pp. 50-51.

AGIUS, E., 2004. In Search of a European Approach to Bioethics: The Emergence of a Common Euro-Mediterranean Bioethical Culture. In: A. ABELA, ed, In Joyful and Serene Service of his Lord's Word. Melita Theologica Supplemantary Series edn. Malta: Veritas Press, pp. 29-48.

AGIUS, E., 2003. Alla Ricerca di un Approccio Europeo alla Bioetica. Bioetica e Cultura. pp. 171.

AGIUS, E., 2003. Ethical Challenges of the Future for the Nursing Profession. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Ethical Issues in Practice for Nurses, Midwives and Family Medicine. Malta: Ministry of Health, pp. 29-43.

AGIUS, E., 2003. Il-Hajja bhala Rigal minghand Alla: l-Ulied. Il-Familja Nisranija fil-Hajja tal-Lum. Malta: Veritas Press, pp. 43-69.

AGIUS, E., 2003. In Search of a European Approach to Bioethics: The Emergence of a Common Euro-Meditterranean Bioethical Culture. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Ethical Issues in Practice for Nurses, Midwives and Family and Family Medicine. Malta: Ministry of Health, pp. 187-209.

AGIUS, E., 2003. Intergenerational Justice. In: R. ERNST, ed, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Oxford: Eloss Publishers, .

AGIUS, E., 2003-last update, Towards a Culture of Tolerance and Peace [Homepage of International Bureau for Children's Rights], [Online]. Available:

AGIUS, E., 2002. The Rights of the Dying Patient. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Bioethical Issues at the Beginning and End of Life. Malta: pp. 141-147.

AGIUS, E., 2002. Withholding and Withdrawing Treatment: Ethics at the Bedside. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Bioethical Issues at the Beginning and End of Life. Malta: pp. 125-134.

AGIUS, E., 2000. Morality and Public Policy. In: M. CAUCHI, ed, Patients' Rights, Reproductive Technology, Transplantation. Malta: Government Press, pp. 60-77.

AGIUS, E., 2000. Patients' Rights, Reproductive Tachnology, Transplanation. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Morality and Public Policy. Malta Government Press, pp. 60-77.

AGIUS, E., 2000. Un Patto tra le Generazioni. Etica per la Professione (Fondazione Lanza), 2, pp. 9-16.

AGIUS, E., 1999. Bioethics and Disability. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Proceedings of the Conference on Bioethics and Disability. Malta: Government Press, pp. 49-61.

AGIUS, E., 1999. What Future for Future Generations: A Whiteheadian Perspective. In: A. CLOOTS and S. SIA, eds, Framing a Vision of the World: Essays in Philosophy, Science and Religion. Leuven: Leuven University Press, pp. 247-264.

AGIUS, E., 1998. The Earth belongs to all Generations; Moral Challenges of Susdtaibanel Development. In: AGIUS, EMMANUEL & CHIRCOP, LEONEL, ed, Caring for future generations: Jewish, Christian, Islamic Perspectives. Praeger Pub., U.S.A., pp. 103-122.

AGIUS, E., 1998. Germ-line intervention and our responsibilities to future generations. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

AGIUS, E., 1998. Informed Consent: Ethical and Philosophical Issues. In: M.N. CAUCHI, ed, Informed Consent: Proceedings of a Symposium for Medical and Paramedical Practitioners. Malta: Gozo Press, pp. 9-15.

AGIUS, E., 1998. Obligations of Justice towards Future Generations: A Revolution in Social and Legal Thought. In: E. AGIUS, ed, Future Generations and International Law. London: Earthscan Publishers Ltd, pp. 3-12.

AGIUS, E., 1998. Patenting Life: Our Responsibilities to Preseent and Future Generations. In: E.E.A. AGIUS, ed, Germ-line Intervention and Our responsibilities to Future Generations. Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 67-84.

AGIUS, E., 1998. Patenting life: our resposabilities to present and future generations. In: E. AGIUS and ET. AL., eds, Germ-line intervention and our responsabilities to future generations. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 67-84.

AGIUS, E., ed, 1998. Caring for future generations : Jewsih, Christian, Islamic Perspectives
UK: Foundation for International Studies Malta.

AGIUS, E., ed, 1998. Future Generations and International Law. London: Earthscan Publishers Ltd.

AGIUS, E., 1998. Quale Futuro per le Generazioni Future del Mediterraneo. Bioetica e Cultura. pp. 51-60.

AGIUS, E., 24 August, 1997. The Concept and Practice of Sustainability for Europe. The Sunday Times, , pp. 52-53.

AGIUS, E., 1997. The Rights of Future Generations. In: J. FRIGGIERI, ed, Interfaces. Malta: University of Malta, pp. 165-187.

AGIUS, E., 1996. Qualita' della vita nel Mediterraneo: Prospettiva Cattolica. In: S. PRIVITERA, ed, Bioetica Mediterraneo e Nordeuropa. Armando Editore, pp. 111-120.

AGIUS, E., 1995. AIDS: Sfida Etico-Sociale e Prodlemi Educative. In: S. LEONE, ed, AIDS: Problemi Sanitari, Sociali e Morali. Palermo: Armando Editore, pp. 55-61.

AGIUS, E., 1995. Genes as the Common Heritage of Mankind: Ethical Issues in Patenting Life. In: C. ROMANO and G. GRASSANI, eds, Bioetica. Torino: Unione Tipografico - Editrice Torinese, pp. 269-275.

AGIUS, E., 1994. Autoerotismo. In: S. LEONE and S. PRIVITERA, eds, Dizionario di Bioetica. Bologna: pp. 75-79.

AGIUS, E., 1994. The Ethical Challenges of AIDS. Proceedings of the National Conference on AIDS. mALTA: pp. 26-34.

AGIUS, E., 1994. Generazioni Future. In: S. LEONE and S. PRIVITERA, eds, Dizionario di Bioetica. Bologna: pp. 421-425.

AGIUS, E., 1994. Meaning and Sanctity of Aging: New Trends in Public Policy. Bioetica e Cultura 2. pp. 82-97.

AGIUS, E., 1994. Meaning ans Sanctity of Aging: New Trends in Public Policy. Quaderni in Bioetica e Cultura. Acireale: Armando Editore, pp. 83-97.

AGIUS, E., 1994. La 'qualia' della vita' delle generazioni future: quale tipo di responsibilta' abbiamo. In: S. LEONE and S. PRIVITERA, eds, Il Contesto Culturale dell' Etica della Vita. Acireale: Armando Editore, pp. 111-123.

AGIUS, E., 1994. The 'Quality of Life' of Future Generations: What Kind of Responsibility do we have? Why Future Generations Now? Japan Future Generations Alliance, pp. 64-77.

AGIUS, E., 1994. Problems in Applied Ethics. University of Malta, Malta: Colour Image.

AGIUS, E., ed, 1994. What future for future generations? Malta: Union Press.

AGIUS, E., 1993. Our Responsibilities towards Future Generations: Malta's Contribution, The First Mediterranean Meeting on Bioethics 1993, EDI, pp. 159-170.

AGIUS, E., 1992. Ethical Issues of Routine Universal Screening, U.G.M.D Seminar on Screening for Blood Transmissible Disease 1992, pp. 23-28.

AGIUS, E., 1991. The Concept of the Common Heritage of Mankind in the Catholic Social Traadition. Melita Theologica XIII. Malta: pp. 1-23.

AGIUS, E., 1991. Infertility and Artificial Reproduction. pp. 129-134.

AGIUS, E., 1991. Mit-Tnissil sal-Mewt tal-Bniedem: l-ahhar Zviluppi fil-Bioetika. Malta: Media Centre.

AGIUS, E., 1991. The Social Consciousness of the Church in Malta: 1891-1921. Malta: Media Centre.

AGIUS, E., ed, 1990. Our Responsibilities Towards Future Generations. Malta: Gutenburg Press.

AGIUS, E., July/August 1989. Caring for the Elderly and Malta's National Health Scheme. The Hastings Centre Report, 19(4), pp. 7-8.

AGIUS, E., 1989. Caring for the Elderly and Malta's National Health Scheme. Hastings Centre Report (Special Supplement). pp. 7-8.

AGIUS, E., 1989. Germ-line Cells: Our Responsibilities to Future Generations. In: D. MIETH and J. POHIER, eds, Ethics in the Natural Sciences (Concilium). Edinburgh: T & T Clarke Ltd, pp. 105-115.

AGIUS, E., 1989. Theology and Bioethics. The Dove in the Owl's Nest. Malta: Theology Students' Association, .

AGIUS, E., 1989. Towards a Relational Theory of Intergenerational Ethics. Bijdragen. pp. 293-313.

AGIUS, E., 1988. From Individual Rights to Collective Rights to the Rights of Mankind. Melita Theologica. pp. 45-68.

AGIUS, E., 1986. The Rights of Future Generations: In Search of an Intergeneration Ethical Theory, Faculty of Theology, Catholic University of Leuven.

AGIUS, E., 1984. A Social Ethical Theory based on Process Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University of Leuven.

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