This key collection brings together a selection of papers commissioned and published by the Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law & Society. It incorporates contributions from a group of international experts along with a selection of short opinion pieces written in response to specific ethical issues. The collection addresses issues arising in biomedical and medical ethics ranging from assisted reproductive technologies to the role of clinical ethics committees. It examines broader societal issues with particular emphasis on sustainability and the environment and also focuses on issues of human rights in current global contexts. The contributors collect responses to issues arising from high profile cases such as the legitimacy of war in Iraq to physician-related suicide. The volume will provide a valuable resource for practitioners and academics with an interest in ethics across a range of disciplines.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Table, List of Contributors, Acknowledgement, List of Abbreviations, INTRODUCTION, 1 Introduction, PARTI: BIOETHICS, 2 Therapeutic and Reproductive Cloning – A Scientific Perspective, 3 Stem Cells, Patents and Ethics, 4 Recent Issues in Assisted Reproduction: Evolutions in Science, Law and Ethics, 5 Why do Research on Human Brains?, 6 Bioethics in Europe, 7 A Penny for Your Thoughts - Ethics in Sponsored Research, 8 Ethical Issues in Evidence-Based Medicine, 9 Health Economics and Access to Treatment, 10 Clinical Ethics Committees in Europe: Assistance in Medical Decisions, Fora for Democratic Debates or Bodies to Monitor Basic Rights?, 11 Human Dignity and the UNESCO Declaration on the Human Genome, PART II: ETHICS AND SOCIETY, 12 Theft of DNA: Do We Need a New Criminal Offence?, 13 Environmental Ethics, Environmental Problems and the Ethics of Science, 14 Ecological Modernisation and the Precautionary Principle, 15 Agri-Culture: Some Principles and Lessons for Sustainability, 16 Applying the Notion of Sustainability – Dilemmas and the Need for Dialogue, 17 GM Resistant: Europe and the WTO Panel Dispute on Biotech Products, 18 Food Ethics, 19 The Ethics of Journalism: A Summing-up for Lord Hutton, 20 In Search of Ethical Business Leadership: Time to Mix Our Metaphors?, 21 Only Connect - Broadband Provision and Social Inclusion, PART III: HUMAN RIGHTS, 22 Human Rights - What Hope? Human Dignity - What Scope?, 23 Harmonising Human Rights in Europe, 24 Ugly, Deformed and Grubby: The Common Law and Human Rights, 25 Holding Multinational Corporations Accountable for Breaches of Human Rights, PART IV: COMMENTARIES, 26 The Health Professional and the Dying Patient, 27 Legitimate Authority, Just Cause, and the Decision to Invade Iraq, 28 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - An Odd New Challenge, 29 Designing Donors, 30 Separating Conjoined Twins: The Case of Ladan and Laleh Bijani, 31 Brain Research and Neuroethics, 32 Who has the Right to Determine the Fate of their Embryos?, 33 Internet Governance, Index
Dr Jennifer Gunning is Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society, University of Wales. She was the Coordinator of the EC BiomedII Project, Therapeutic Research in Assisted Conception and was a member of the Human Embryo and Fetus Working Group of the European Commission. Soren Holm is Chair of Bioethics at Cardiff University and Director of the Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society. Both have published widely on issues relating to bioethics.
'It is pleasing to see a collection that so well demonstrates the rich diversity of contemporary ethical debate, in both content and multidisciplinarity. This volume reaches beyond bioethics to embrace other social issues including food, agriculture and human rights. Including as it does commentaries on contemporary "hard cases", with contributions from key academics in the field, it is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in Ethics.' Professor Ruth Chadwick, Lancaster University, UK '...the editors have assembled a strong and varied range of contributors from a number of differing academic and professional backgrounds...overall, the papers included are well written, interesting and accessible to those outside of the author's particular academic discipline...this book will provide an excellent and accessible resource for academics, students and practitioners engaged in the examination and study of not only the ethical issues raised in this volume, but also ethics in general.' Medical Law Review