Workshop: Sex selection – Changes in Australian policy

22 May 2017

9 June, 2017, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE) and Sydney University Centre for Values, Ethics, and Law in Medicine (VELiM) are hosting a workshop on the latest policy about sex selection in Australia on 9 June. All are welcome to attend but please register for catering purposes.


*   Dr Tereza Hendl (University of Sydney, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine)
*   Prof Wendy Rogers (Macquarie University, Department of Philosophy)
*   Dr Sascha Callaghan (University of Sydney, Sydney Law School)
*   Dr Kate Gleeson (Macquarie University, Macquarie Law School)
*   Morgan Carpenter (Organisation Intersex International Australia)
*   Dr Tamara Browne (Deakin University, School of Medicine)

Preliminary Program:

10:00 – 10:10: Tereza Hendl and Wendy Rogers, Opening Remarks

10:10 – 10:30: Wendy Rogers, “What’s changed on sex selection since 2007 Guidelines”

10:30 – 11:15: Sascha Callaghan, “Sex selection and the law”

11:15 – 11:45: Morning tea

11:45 – 12:30: Tereza Hendl, “2017 Guidelines, sex selection and gender equity”

12:30 – 13:15: Kate Gleeson, “Sex selection using IVF and abortion from feminist legal perspectives”

13:15 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 14:45: Morgan Carpenter, “Prenatal genetic diagnosis and its implications for children with intersex variations”

14:45 – 15:00: Tamara Browne, “Is gender disappointment a mental disorder?”

16:00 – 16:30: Panel discussion

Contact: All are welcome but please register with Tereza Hendl tereza.hendl[at]

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Workshop: Does Dignity Help in Thinking about Paternalism?’

15 May 2017

Monday 29th May 2017, Edinburgh.

Every year during the Spring term the Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group holds the Legal Theory Spring Festival (also known as Spring Workshops), which is composed by a series of thematic workshops organised by staff and students of the University of Edinburgh.

The 2017 Legal Theory Festival is scheduled for May 29th-June 1st, 2017. The festival is open to all and attendance is free – but places are limited and registration is required.

Full details about the Festival can be found here.

The workshops include the following:

Monday 29th May 2017:  Barbara Levenbook (NCSU) – ‘Does Dignity Help in Thinking about Paternalism?’
Venue: Old College, Elder Room 3:30pm – 5:30pm

Register via Eventbrite here.

Job: Research Officer at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

9 May 2017

The Council is looking to recruit a Research Officer to cover maternity leave for a period of 12 months from the beginning of July 2017.

This is a varied and interesting role, and an excellent opportunity for those interested in the high-profile area of bioethics to work closely in the development of policy advice.

The candidate will require a relevant degree for example in biological sciences, medicine, philosophy, law or social sciences and knowledge of bioethical issues. Experience of a range of research techniques and resources are essential as are first-class drafting skills.

Closing date for applications is Friday 2 June 2017


Job: Lecturer in Bioethics at Sussex

9 May 2017

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics to join the team led by Professor Bobbie Farsides.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research strategy of the medical school and its partner universities, deliver high quality teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level and contribute to the development of new educational and research based initiatives.

The person appointed will also be expected to work closely with health care providers and policy makers and support BSMS’s unique collaborations with local arts practitioners and our strong commitment to Global Health.

Closing date:  22 May 2017.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 01 September 2017

Writing competition: Do the right thing

6 May 2017

British Medical Association Writing Competition

Submission deadline: Friday 7 July 2017

Do the right thing? Why wouldn’t you? Of course, just like you always tell the absolute truth, and hand in that pound coin you found to the police station.

Perhaps you have faced a dilemma where both options had a claim to be ‘right’? Or where neither felt right. Or where the ‘right thing’ – morally, legally or professionally – may have done more harm than good.

Another way to approach the topic is like this – if you failed to do the ‘right thing’, why? Lack of time, resources, insight, courage?


Open to BMA members only. Read the 2016 winning stories or details on terms and conditions and how to enter, here.

Conference: Mechanisms in medicine

20 April 2017

July 3-5 2017, Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Keynote speakers
Raffaela Campaner (University of Bologna)
Daniel Commenges (Bordeaux Population Health Research Center)
Jeremy Howick (Oxford University)
Stathis Psillos (University of Athens)
Daniel Steel (The University of British Columbia)
Kurt Straif (International Agency for Research on Cancer)
John Worrall (London School of Economics)

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is a relatively recent technique for supporting clinical decisions by the current best evidence. While it is uncontroversial that we should use the current best evidence in clinical decision making, it is highly controversial as to what the best evidence is. EBM considers evidence from clinical trials, in particular, randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of those trials, to be the best evidence. On the other hand, evidence of mechanisms that is obtained by means other than clinical trials is considered to be of low quality.
However, there is a growing body of literature that highlights the many benefits of considering evidence of mechanisms alongside evidence from clinical trials. For instance, evidence of mechanisms is crucial for interpreting clinical trials, establishing a causal claim, and extrapolating from the trial population to the treatment population.
This conference seeks to explore whether and in which ways evidence of mechanism may improve medical decision making. The conference will bring together philosophers and medical researchers.

Registration is free but compulsory. There are a limited number of places so please register early. Please register via email to c.wallmann-520[at]

This conference is organised by Christian Wallmann on behalf of the Centre for Reasoning at the University of Kent and the EBM+ consortium. It is an activity of the project Evaluating evidence in medicine, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For any queries please contact Christian Wallmann: c.wallmann-520[at]

Course: Summer school – Doctors and lawyers dealing with death and dying

31 March 2017


Medical, legal and ethical challenges in end-of-life decision making. 3-7 July 2017

Preliminary Program Summer School

The Erasmus School of Law in collaboration with the department of Public Health of the Erasmus Medical Center (Erasmus MC) will host the international summer school ‘’Doctors and lawyers dealing with death and dying’’ in the first week of July 2017 in Rotterdam.

Many countries are currently engaged in a societal debate about the question whether to decriminalize or legalize some form of assistance in dying. In this multi-disciplinary one-week course, students will be introduced to the Dutch situation regarding Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act of 2002, the practice of medical decision making at the end of life, and current ethical, legal and medical challenges in comparative perspective with other European countries.

The aim of this course is to expand the knowledge of participants on medical, legal, and ethical issues at the end of life, and to reflect on these issues based on the facts and figures. The summer school is part of a broader Research Excellence Initiative (REI) ‘’Doctors and lawyers dealing with death and dying’’.