Friday, June 24, 2011

Oxford Conference on Human Embryo Research

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre (formerly the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics) has announced the holding of a conference on Sept 8th on “the ethics and law of research on human embryos”.
The conference will include speakers from Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, the USA and the UK in order to present an overview of the ethical and legal debates in different countries.

The main conference scheduled for Thursday 8th September will be held at Corpus Christi College Oxford, from 9.30am -5.30pm. This will be preceded on Wednesday 7th September by a seminar at 17 Beaumont Street Oxford, chaired by Professor Carter Snead. The Centre has made a call for papers on Human Embryo Research for presentation at the seminar. Papers may be on any topic relating to the ethics, law, or public policy of human embryo research, and should be suitable for a 20 minute presentation.

Christian Hillgruber, Professor of Law in Bonn, Germany
Jean-René Binet, Professeur de droit privé à l'Université de Franche-Comté, France
Laura Palazzani, Professor of Philosophy of Law at Lumsa University, Rome, Italy
William Binchy, Regius Professor of Law at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK
Michael Hauskeller, Associate Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter, UK
Carter Snead, Professor of Law at Notre Dame, USA
Helen Watt, Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK

THEME: This conference will consider the various legal and ethical approaches of different countries towards experimentation on human embryos. It will focus not just on one jurisdiction or one ethical or legal topic but will consider a number of different jurisdictions and a number of different ethical concepts and issues.