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, Søren Holm. Bioethics: Human tissue research, individual rights and bio-banks, Henriette Roscam Abbing; Umbilical cord cell banking: a surprisingly controversial issue, Jennifer Gunning; Assisted reproduction in the Republic of Ireland – A legal quagmire, Deirdre Madden; Practical ethics in search of a toolbox: Ethics of science and technology at the crossroads, Matthias Kaiser; The Meanings of Genetics, Yulia Egorova; Family Decision Making – A Victim to the Hegemony of Autonomy?, Søren Holm; Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC): Ethical Process, Karen Birmingham and Michael Furmston. Ethics and Society: Restrictive or Engaging: redefining public health promotion, Andreas Hasman; Enemies of Mankind, Gerry Simpson; Conserving cultural material: ethical challenges for the conservator, David Watkinson; Farming and food research: participation and the public good, Tom Macmillan and Shaila Seshia; Do mention the war : children and media coverage of traumatic events, Màire Messenger Davies; Reducing Rights in the Name of Convention Compliance: Mental Health Law Reform and the New Human Rights Agenda, Philip Fennell; The Impact of Leadership on Public Policy in Africa: Problems and Opportunities, Kelechi A Kalu; The Child and family policy divide, Clem Henricson; Children and Family Breakdown, Gillian Douglas; The Impact of Discrimination on Children, Elspeth Webb; Building Resilience: Helping Vunerable Children Cope, Tony Newman. Business and Professional Ethics: The International Financial War Against Terrorism: Myths and reality, Donato Masciandro; Ethics and advertising, Geoffrey Klempner; Self regulation and the market for legal services, Richard Moorhead; Corporate responsibility for children's diets, Tom Macmillan, Elizabeth Dowler and David Archard; Do toy companies really care about children? evaluating the ethics of the toy industry, Steve Hogan. Commentaries: A taste of the Orange Revolution: Ukraine and the spirit of constitutionalism, Dr Jiri Priban; Seroxat – the power of the pharmaceutical industry. the case for a better way to research, licence and regulate medicines, Dr Sarah-Jane Richards; Doha developments: the July package and agriculture, Julian Kinderlerer and Christian Lopez Silva; Lawyers and ethicists should be careful when talking about the permission of torture, Søren Holm; You pays your money and you takes your choice?, Joy Wingfield; Life after death: my life after a heart and lung transplant, Nicola Langlands; The Human Rights Act: is it working, Phil Thomas; Rebuilding Iraq requires rule of law revival, Jason Söderblom; Expert witnesses on trial, Cathy Cobley and Dr Tom Sanders; Bhopal: the disaster continues, Peter Wells; 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