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Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics

1st Edition

Edited by Yann Joly, Bartha Maria Knoppers


480 pages

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This book explores the scope, application and role of medical law, regulatory norms and ethics, and addresses key challenges introduced by contemporary advances in biomedical research and healthcare. While mindful of national developments, the handbook supports a global perspective in its approach to medical law.

Contributors include leading scholars in both medical law and ethics, who have developed specially commissioned pieces in order to present a critical overview and analysis of the current state of medical law and ethics. Each chapter offers comprehensive coverage of longstanding and traditional topics in medical law and ethics, and provides dynamic insights into contemporary and emerging issues in this heavily debated field. Topics covered include:

  • Bioethics, health and human rights
  • Medical liability
  • Law and emerging health technologies
  • Public health law
  • Personalized medicine
  • The law and ethics of access to medicines in developing countries
  • Medical research in the genome era
  • Emerging legal and ethical issues in reproductive technologies

This advanced level reference work will prove invaluable to legal practitioners, scholars, students and researchers in the disciplines of law, medicine, genetics, dentistry, theology, and medical ethics.


"This impressive and much needed volume contains a truly world class collection of scholars. And it provides a perfect balance of cutting edge analysis of topical issues and coverage of the fundamentals. I am certain that this new handbook will emerge as essential reading for anyone interested in medical law and ethics."

Tim Caulfield, Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta.

"This handbook brings together an impressive number of experts in the field.  Its extensive and analytical coverage of issues in medical law and ethics will make it an extremely valuable resource.  In particular, its coverage of issues of concern to developing countries is to be welcomed, and helps to make it stand out from other books in this area."

Sheila McLean, Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK.

"Chapters from scholars working in 11 different countries give ‘The Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics’ a unique – and uniquely useful – perspective on the host of issues arising as medicine and the biosciences intersect with both law and ethics."

Hank Greely, Professor at Stanford University Law School and Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Vaso Rahimzadeh, Bartha Maria Knoppers, & Yann Joly Part 1: Rights of Persons 2. Bioethics, Health Law, and Human Rights, George Annas 3. Informed Consent, Trudo Lemmen 4. Privacy and Confidentiality, Mark A. Rothstein 5. Children, Ellen Wright Clayton 6. Disability, Aart Hendriks & Oliver Lewis 7. Mental Health, Gerald B. Robertson 8. End of Life, Chris Gastmans & Herman Nys Part 2: Professional Relationships 9. Regulating Professional Practice, Ian Freckelton & Belinda Bennett 10. Health Professionals & the Organisation of Healthcare: Current trends, Nola Ries 11. Healthcare-associated Infections, Lara Khoury 12. Liability and the Legal Duty to Inform in Research, Ma'n Zawati Part 3: Medical Interventions and Emerging Technologies13. Emerging Legal and Ethical Issues in Medicine Reproductive Technologies, Vardit Ravitsky & Raphaëlle Dupras-Leduc14. Regenerative Medicine: Socio-ethical challenges and regulatory approaches, Carla Beak & Rosario Isasi 15. E-Health, Stefaan Callens & Laura Boddez 16. Promotion and Sale of Self-Tests on the Internet, Elke Sleurs , Louiza Kalokairinou, Heidi Carmen Howard & Pascal Borry Part 4: From Bench to Bedside17. Medical Research: Future Directions in the Genome Era, Don Chalmers 18. The Ethical and Legal Duties of Physicians in Clinical Genetics and Genomics, Adrian Thorogood & Bartha Maria Knoppers 19. Toward Precision Medicine: The legal and ethical challenges of pharmacogenomics, Gratien Dalpe & Yann Joly Part 5: Public Health and International Health Trends 20. Public Health: Current and emergent legal and ethical issues in a nutshell, Paula Lobato de Faria & João V. Cordeiro 21. The Role of International Organizations in Promoting Legal Norms, Obijionor Aginam 22. The Law and Ethics of Access to Medicines in Developing Countries, Paul Ogendi & Peter Munyi 23. Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine, Terry S. H. Kaan 24. The Domestication of Stem Cell Tourism, Douglas Sipp

About the Editors

Yann Joly is a Lawyer and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Canada as well as a research fellow from the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public at the University of Montreal.

Bartha Maria Knoppers holds the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine. She is Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Health
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MEDICAL / Health Policy
MEDICAL / Ethics
MEDICAL / Public Health
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy