1st Edition

The Law and Ethics of Medical Research International Bioethics and Human Rights

By Aurora Plomer Copyright 2005
    176 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    The growing globalization of medical research and the application of new biotechnologies in morally contested areas has forced a revision of international ethical guidelines.

    This book examines the controversies surrounding biomedical research in the twenty-first century from a human rights perspective, analyzing the evolution and changes in form and content of international instruments regulating the conduct of biomedical research.

    The approach adopted is comparative and includes an evaluation of human rights and UK and US law on embryonic stem cell research, the HIV/AIDS trials in the developing world, the Alder Hey Inquiry and the human radiation and nerve gas experiments on human subjects in the US and the UK. This is the first book to analyze some of the major issues in biomedical research today from an international, comparative human rights perspective.

    From Bioethics to Human Rights in Biomedicine; Human Rights and Non-Therapeutic Research: Domestic Remedies and Convention Rights; Stem Cell Research: Human Dignity and the Right to Life; The Rights of the Dead: Research on Human Tissue and Body Parts after Bristol and Alder Hey; Research in Developing Countries: New Ethics and New Threats to Human Rights.


    Aurora Plomer is Professor of Law and Bioethics, and the Director of the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological, Law and Ethics (SIBLE) at the University of Sheffield, UK.

    'The book is a rich exploration of a complex set of questions, and it provides an important, fertile context for the asking ethical questions in the globalization of medical research.' - K. W. Wildes, Human Rights Review, vol. 9 no. 1 (2008)

    '...this is a worthy and stimulating read which draws profitably from the author’s legal and philosophical experience, and it represents a useful tool for anyone who is interested in human subject research, bioethics and emerging biolaw.' - Shawn H.E. Harmon, Script-ed, vol. 4 no. 2 (2007)

    '...there are two reasons why the book should have appeal to anyone interested in this area of law and ethics. First, it provides an articulate and interesting discussion of the main legal and ethical developments in this area and so will be a valuable resource. Secondly, regardless of whether you agree with Plomer's approach or all of her arguments, the book should stimulate thought and debate.' - Alasdair Maclean, Medical Law Review, Vol. 14 no. 2 (2006)