Conference: Conscientious objection in healthcare

Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 November 2015

University of Oxford, Oxford Martin School, Seminar Room 1, 34 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BD [map]

Organizers: Julian Savulescu (University of Oxford), Alberto Giubilini (Charles Sturt University), Steve Clarke (Charles Sturt University)

The Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (University of Oxford) and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (Charles Sturt University) will host a conference on conscientious objection in medicine and the role of conscience in healthcare practitioners’ decision making.

The conference aims at analyzing from a philosophical, ethical and legal perspective the meaning and the role of “conscience” in the healthcare profession. Conscientious objection by health professionals has become one of the most pressing problems in healthcare ethics. Health professionals are often required to perform activities that conflict with their own moral or religious beliefs (for example abortion). Their refusal can make it difficult for patients to have access to services they have a right to and, more in general, can create conflicts in the doctor-patient relationship. The widening of the medical options available today or in the near future is likely to sharpen these conflicts. The conference will see the participation of experts in bioethics, philosophy, law and medicine, who will explore the topic of conscientious objection in its different dimensions, and will try to suggest solutions.

Booking: Participation is free, but registration is required (seats are limited). To register, please follow this link https://v1.bookwhen.com/uehiro and select this event. Please note lunch will not be provided but there are many places around Broad Street to eat in or take away.

A programme is available here.

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