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
Contents: Introduction, Jennifer Gunning and Søren Holm. Bioethics: Therapeutic and reproductive cloning – a scientific perspective, Richard Gardner; Stem cells, patents and ethics, Peter Whittaker; Recent issues in assisted reproduction: evolutions in science, law and ethics, Peter Mills; Why do research on human brains?, Margaret Esiri; Bioethics in Europe, Berit Faber; A penny for your thoughts – ethics in sponsored research, Hilde W. Nagell; Ethical issues in evidence based medicine, Ruud ter Meulen; Health economics and access to treatment, Sam Salek; Clinical ethics committees in Europe: assistance in medical decisions, fora for democratic debates or bodies to monitor basic rights?, Guy Lebeer; Human dignity and the UNESCO declaration on the human genome, Roberto Andorno. Ethics and Society: Theft of DNA: do we need a new criminal offence, Loane Skene; Environmental ethics, environmental problems and the ethics of science, Robin Attfield; Ecological modernisation and the precautionary principle, Robert Lee and Elen Stokes; Agriculture: some principles and lessons for sustainability, Jules Pretty; Applying the notion of sustainability – dilemmas and the need for dialogue, Christian Gamborg and Peter Sandøe; GM resistant: Europe and the WTO panel dispute on biotech products, Robert Lee; Food ethics, Ben Mepham; The ethics of journalism: a summing-up for Lord Hutton, Ian Hargreaves; In search of ethical business leadership: time to mix our metaphors, Ken Peattie; Only connect – broadband provision and social inclusion, Ian Kenway. Human Rights: Human rights – what hope? Human dignity – what scope?, Roger Brownsword; Harmonising human rights in Europe, Rick Lawson; Ugly, deformed and grubby: the Common Law and human rights, Luke Clements; Holding multinational corporations accountable for breaches of human rights, Celia Wells and Juanita Elias. Commentaries: The health professional and the dying patient, Mark Fish; Legitimate authority, just cause and the decision to invade Iraq, Gregory Reichberg; Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – an odd new challenge, Norman Vetter; Designing donors, Shaun Pattinson; Separating conjoined twins: the case of Ladan and Laleh Bijani, Stephen Wilkinson; Brain research and neuroethics, Martha J. Farah, Paul Root Wolpe, Arthur Caplan; Who has the right to determine the fate of their embryos, Gillian Douglas; Internet governance, Ian Kenway; Index.
'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