Announcing the inaugural HEAL annual lecture: Prof. Jonathan Montgomery, ‘Bioethics as a Governance Practice’, 7 May

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We are delighted to announce that Prof. Jonathan Montgomery (Faculty of Laws, UCL) will give the inaugural Centre for Health, Ethics and Law (HEAL) Annual Lecture. This event will be held on Thursday 7 May at 6pm in Lecture Theatre A (Nuffield Theatre, building 6), and is generously sponsored by Health Care Analysis

Jonathan will be speaking on ‘Bioethics as a Governance Practice’. 

ABSTRACT The nature and scope of bioethics has been long debated. Some see it as a descriptor of a field of study; covering topics such as research ethics, death and dying, genetics, reproductive technologies and behavioural control. Others suggest it is an academic discipline, perhaps with its roots in moral philosophy. Others still suggest that it is an academic enterprise bringing to bear a constellation of disciplines to make sense of issues in the field. The public and policy facing aspects of this work have given rise to considerable controversy over the nature and legitimacy of bioethical expertise, giving rise to ‘culture wars’ in the USA. This lecture examines the nature of bioethics as a governance practice. It explores the range of mechanisms that have been adopted for regulation, oversight and mediation of public concerns and discusses some of the implications of this movement of bioethics from academic and clinical contexts into institutions in the public square.

See further the event poster: HEAL Annual Lecture 2015.

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