Work at STIAS will be devoted to additional contributions for English and Chinese translations of the book “Ethics. The basic questions of our life between birth and death” which was published in 2013 in German. Furthermore, the project will address the question, how “values” are transformed into “social institutions”. Justice is the virtue of social institutions, and law is the medium to promote justice. Therefore, emphasis will be placed on the relationship between law and ethics in pluralistic societies, especially with respect to the concept of human rights.