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]

For information about other events, please visit:

Workshop: Suffering and Autonomy at End of Life

6 January 2017

University of Glasgow, March 2017 (date to be confirmed)

We are pleased to announce a series of events, to be held in Glasgow in 2017-2018, discussing the relationship between suffering and autonomy, with a particular focus on end of life care.

In each event, one space is reserved for a graduate student or early career researcher to present a paper which addresses the theme of the workshop. To that end we invite submissions from interested parties, addressing the themes of the series (as detailed below). We will pay all accommodation and subsistence costs, and also reasonable travel costs within the UK.

Demographic changes in western liberal democracies challenge established theory and practice concerning end of life care. This requires advances not only in the medical science of geriatric and palliative care, but also in the underlying philosophies of old age, illness, and dying, and how they relate to autonomy. Autonomy is an ideal according to which people successfully shape their lives in accordance with the values they have chosen. Autonomy at the end of life is a crucial dimension of this ideal.  Answers to the urgent questions concerning the design and delivery of end of life care require a deeper understanding of, for example, the nature and role of the suffering including its effects on consent, well-being, decision-making, the integrity of a person, and their quality of life.

The first event will be a one-day workshop, to be held in March 2017, and will answer the question: how does suffering augment autonomy at end of life?

Physical and emotional suffering can have significant value. For instance, a person’s perspective on what’s valuable or important may be enhanced through their suffering and their understanding about who they are and what they care about may be advanced. Suffering at the end of life plausibly often yields just such enhancements and advancements, therefore providing distinctive opportunities for the augmentation of autonomy. At this workshop, we thus consider how suffering augments autonomy at the end of life.

Further details (including dates and registration details) will be announced soon.

For the first workshop, full papers of up to 6,000 words should be submitted to ben.colburn[at] by 1 February 2017, with a separate note indicating the applicant’s career status.* The successful presenter will be informed by 1 March 2017.

Symposium: How Companies Use Genetic and Health Data: Protecting Patient Confidence

6 January 2015

Friday 30th January 2015, 09:30 – 16:30, Sheffield Law School

Sheffield Institute for Biotechnology Law and Ethics (SIBLE) and the Wellcome Trust are holding a symposium to consider the appropriate use of patient health and genetic data by commercial organisations.

The symposium will provide an opportunity to hear and discuss the approach to commercial access to data taken by some key national and international projects and resources. There is evidence that commercial access to data is relevant to public confidence in the safeguards and governance designed to protect health and genetic data. What controls on access currently exist? To what extent do these controls currently regulate access by commercial organisations?

This is an opportunity to share current practice and consider alternative views on commercial access to genetic and health data in the future. From a commercial perspective, what are potential uses of genetic and health data in practice? From a patient and public perspective, what approach toward regulating access to commercial organisations, or for commercial use, might best promote public trust and confidence?

The event is open to anyone interested in the issues and may be relevant to policy makers, those responsible for managing access to health and genetic resources, patients, and members of the public.

Programme and booking information here.

For enquiries relating to this event please contact the Research Support Team at the School of Law:

Workshop: Law and the Ageing of Humankind

30 December 2014

Monday 22 June & Tuesday 23 June, 2015

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B

Paper abstracts due by February 1st 2015

The W G Hart Legal Workshop 2015 will explore legal responses to the changing demography of Western European societies. Life expectancy in the UK is projected to rise to 87 years for women by 2033. In 2010 there were 1.3 million more children under the age of 16 than people aged over 65, but by 2035 the Office for National Statistics expects this pattern to be reversed with a projected excess of 4 million more people being aged over 65 than under 16.  The implications are wide ranging; from family forms and patterns of property holding, to tax receipts and welfare payments. Adult protection might overtake child protection as a focus for state surveillance. Some have identified major challenges of inter-generational justice. Former Minister, David Willets offered a provocative summary in his book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And Why They Should Give it Back. This represents a major social transformation and there can be few areas of public and private life that will be unaffected.

How will the law respond? Do we need a Convention of the Rights of Older People to protect them in their ‘second childhoods’ or are they less vulnerable that the younger generations? How many of the building blocks of our legal doctrine assume continuing economic activity? How many generations make up a family? The Hart Workshop for 2015 invites emerging and established legal scholars to consider how their subject areas are or will need to adapt to the greying population.

In Shakespeare’s vision of the age of maturity:

  the justice,

               In fair round belly, with a good capon lined,

               With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,

               Full of wise saws, and modern instances,

               And so he plays his part.


  • second youth’; rights to education and training for second careers, biomedical interventions to extend life;
  • age discrimination; to include employment issues, but also institutional discrimination within public services (e.g. unequal access to NHS services, inbuilt discrimination in resource-allocation models);
  • inter-generational justice; to include theoretical perspectives and specific issues around inheritance taxation & sale of homes to fund social care, justifications and effects of the distinction in the UK between means-tested social care and health care free at the point of delivery;
  • changing family patterns & obligations; to include issues around ownership & occupation of family homes, rights of grandparents and wider family members;
  • ageing and migration; changing patterns of labour mobility to support care system, social security and retirement to more sunny climates;
  • adult protection; elder abuse, court of protection, powers of attorney (including relevant empirical research);
  • adult social care services; including how to ensure human rights compliance in care homes & domicilary services, mainly delivered by private sector providers & role of judicial review in public service accountability;
  • end of life care; advance decisions to refuse treatments, family involvement in ‘Do not attempt resuscitation’ decisions, mercy killing, palliative care and meeting wishes over place of death;
  • evaluation of the case for a Commissioner for Older People, as recommended by the Birmingham Commission Policy Commission (2014). This would seem a suitable final plenary session.

Academic Directors:

  • Professor Jonathan Montgomery, University College London;
  • Professor Richard Ashcroft, Queen Mary, University of London.

Abstracts of 300 words (and no more than 500 maximum) should be sent to:  by email attachment by Monday 1 February  2015. Note: abstracts should not include embedded footnotes or endnotes.

Proposals for papers or panels that fall within the framework of these themes are welcomed. The committee especially welcomes contributions from early career researchers and papers of a cross-disciplinary nature. All papers will be posted on the workshop website. Subsequently, the organising committee intends to seek publication of a selection of these papers in more permanent form.

Registration fees will apply to the workshopWorkshop website here.

For general enquiries or if you are simply interested in attending the Workshop, please contact: Belinda Crothers, Academic Programmes Manager, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR.  Email:

Workshop & Conference: The Philosophy and Theology of Immortality

22 December 2014

Pre-conference workshop 20 May, conference 21-23 May 2015

The School of Politics, Philosophy, and International Studies & The School of Social Sciences, University of Hull

Deadline for abstracts: 1st February 2015

The conference21-23 May 2015

Human beings, like other biological organisms, die and their bodies decay. But is death the end of existence or a gateway to an afterlife? The postponement of death or the hope for some form of post-mortem existence remain preoccupations of humanity, despite an overtly materialistic or secular stance in many Western societies. Whether this is understood as merely the temporary, though extreme, extension of life or as life everlasting, these notions raise profound philosophical and theological questions relating to personal identity, the nature of the human person, the nature of consciousness and its contingency (or otherwise) on the body, the desirability and meaningfulness of immortality, the badness of death and the goodness of life, the relationship between death and meaning, and so forth. Historically, religious traditions have claimed the prerogative of speculation and interpretation in all matters of eternal life and immortality. More recently, however, some people have turned to science and technology (e.g., cryogenics, nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, cybernetics, and mind uploading) for the realisation of what William Godwin once called ‘earthly immortality’.

Funded by a generous research grant from the Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside (supported by the John Templeton Foundation), this event will focus on philosophical and theological issues pertaining both to traditional conceptions of immortality and contemporary ‘trans-humanist’ notions of radical life extension.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

John Harris, Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester

Richard Swinburne, Emeritus Nolloth Professor of the Christian Religion, University of Oxford

We welcome paper proposals on a broad range of philosophical and theological issues concerning immortality and radical life extension. In particular, we are interested in papers that explore one or more of the following themes:

  1. Identity and Immortality

Conceptions of personal identity (psychological continuity, memory-based, dualism, animalism, etc.) and their implications for the possibility of personal survival. What is the human being or human person? How could there be personal identity after the body ceases to exist?

  1. Mind and Immortality

Metaphysical models of the mind and personal immortality. The immateriality of the soul and its immortality. Does the soul (construed as an immortal, spiritual substance) exist? Is every soul immortal? The relation of the mind to the body. Is this relation merely contingent? Is materialism compatible with the belief in immortality?

  1. The Psychology and Science of Immortality

Empirical arguments for and against the possibility of an afterlife. Do parapsychology or near-death experiences provide empirical support for an afterlife,and if so, how compelling is this evidence? The psychological antecedents of belief in immortality. Does belief in immortality come from wishful thinking (Hume)? Is the denial of death psychologically necessary for human well-being (Sartre)? Or does clear-sighted acceptance of the finitude of life facilitate a more vital mode of being (Heidegger)?

  1. Ethics of Immortality

The desirability, or otherwise, of  immortality. Meaning and immortality. Are we cognitively capable of grasping the nature of infinity in a way that is adequate to evaluating infinite life spans? The relation between the badness of death and the desirability of immortality. Is mortality necessary for meaning in life (Heidegger)? Or, conversely, is mortality prohibitive of meaning (Tolstoy)? What is the moral significance, if any, of belief in immortality? The implications of mortality and immortality for the value of human existence. What is the relationship between justice and immortality? What effect, if any, does belief in an afterlife have on human ethical behaviour? Could we still have virtues like courage if we knew we couldn’t die?

  1. Trans-humanism and Immortality

Digital immortality. Mind uploading and conceptions of mind and personal identity. Longevity and the postponement of bodily death. Radical life extension and the value of life. Would a radically extended life be a desirable life? Radical life extension and population growth. What would be the social and economic consequences produced by radical life extension? The quasi-religious significance of trans-humanist narratives of immortality. Technological eschatology and trans-humanist survival.

  1. Theology and Immortality

Death, immortality, and theodicy. Theologies of the afterlife in western, non-western, and neo-pagan religious traditions. What are the theological implications of contemporary popular conceptions of the afterlife? The theological necessity of death. Modes of immortality: bodily resurrection, rebirth, reincarnation. The afterlife as ‘technological space’: heaven, hell, purgatory. Theology and trans-humanism.

Abstract submissions:

Please submit a 300-400 word abstract and a brief bio including your institutional affiliation no later than 1st February 2015. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Please note that the abstracts cannot be revised after submission. Accepted paper presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes. Paper submissions should be directed to All other enquiries regarding the call for papers or the conference should be directed to

Pre-Conference Workshop: Transhumanism and Immortality

20 May 2014

We will be holding a pre-conference workshop with invited guest speakers on philosophical and theological issues pertaining to transhumanism and radical life extension/immortality. Attendance at the workshop is free, though we ask participants to register for the workshop. More information about the workshop and the registration link for the workshop can be found online:

Invited speakers for the workshop are:

Benedikt Göcke, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Michael Hauskeller, University of Exeter

Anders Sandberg, University of Oxford

Susan Schneider, University of Connecticut

Stefan Sorgner, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Conference Funding / Costs / Registration:

We are pleased to be able to offer bursaries for speakers/delegates. Bursaries will cover the conference fee, refreshments, conference reception and conference dinner, a bus excursion to Beverley Minster ( and a generous subsidy for accommodation for two nights. In the first instance, bursaries shall be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to speakers whose papers are accepted for presentation. If any bursaries remain, they will then be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to postgraduate student delegates.

Registration details and registration fees for delegates without a bursary will be announced on the conference website: Enquiries:

Workshop: Military Medical Ethics – Ethics in Epidemics

30 November 2014
7th – 9th May 2015, Forum Lilienberg in Ermatingen, Switzerland.
ICMM Reference Centre for Education on IHL and Ethics, and Medical Services Directorate of the Swiss Armed Forces and the Center for Ethics of Zurich University.

The main topic for the 2015 workshop will be Ethics in Epidemics, with a special focus on the involvement of military actors. We invite papers on topics addressing general ethical questions faced during epidemics such as Ebola, as well as from the list of topics below.

  • The duty to treat
  • Ethical aspects of the use of experimental treatment and research during epidemics
  • Ethical justifications for infection management and containment measures such as forced treatment, and quarantine
  • Presentation of recent case reports or case studies
  • The involvement of military actors
  • Principles associated with the allocation of scarce or limited resources
Any other topics of relevance or more general topics on military medical ethics are also welcome as there may be an open session on one day.

Please send your paper proposals/abstracts together with a short bibliography via email to no later than 11th January 2015.

Further information here.

Workshop: Animal Ethics

16 November 2014

3rd Dec 2014 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford.

Download programme: PDF Word

Facilitator: Dr. Dominic Wilkinson

13:00 Opening summary: Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University)

13:10 Response: Jeff McMahan (University of Oxford)

13:20      Response: Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford)

13:30      Response: Alison Hills (University of Oxford)

13:40      Response: Mark Sheehan (University of Oxford)

13:50      Response: Valentin Muresan & Emilian Mihailov (University of Bucharest)

14:00      Response: Caroline Bergman (University of Oxford)

14:10      Response: James Yeates (RSPCA)

14:20      Refreshment Break

14:40      Response to Commentators: Christine Korsgaard (Harvard University)

15:00      Open Discussion and Drawing Up of Recommendations

16:00 End of workshop

Participants are invited to a Drinks Reception following the close of the workshop

Please email to reserve your place at this workshop.

Further information here.

We are grateful to the Wellcome Trust, the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Oxford Martin School, the Uehiro Foundation for Ethics and Education, and the University of Bucharest for their generous support for this workshop

Workshop: The Death of the Professions at Birmingham Law School

23 May 2014

Tuesday 17th June 2014 – 13.00-17.30 – Moot Room, Birmingham Law School

The Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy (CHLSP) and the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) host an afternoon workshop on the impact of recent reforms, budgetary cuts and public criticism on the publicly funded sectors of the legal and medical professions.

Workshop: Enhancement, identity & the construction of categories in the Olympics

11 October 2011

Thursday 10th November, 4:30-7:30pm
Great Hall, Strand Campus, King’s College London
Centre for Humanities and Health (CHH) & King’s Interdisciplinary Discussion Society (KIDS)

“Oscar Pistorius has recently run inside the Olympic qualifying time for the men’s 400m. A debate has ensued over his eligibility to compete: do his prostheses give him an unfair advantage and should he be banned from competing against able-bodied athletes?

Oscar’s case raises philosophical, ethical and legal questions. What does it mean to be “able” or “disabled” in sport? What counts as legitimate enhancement? How do we define ‘human’ achievement? How are such categories constructed and undermined in sport? This workshop will seek to address these questions with a panel of experts from primary healthcare, ethics and sports medicine.”

Dr. Vanessa Heggie (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Trisha Greenhalgh (QMUL)
Prof. Michael McNamee (Swansea University)
Followed by a drinks reception

All welcome, registration free.
Please RSVP to kidskcl [at] by Monday 24th October

Workshop: Everyday Ethics and Primary Healthcare – An Interdisciplinary Evening Workshop

13 March 2011

An event hosted by Kings College London Interdisciplinary Discussion Society (KIDS) and the KCL Healthcare and Society Centre (KHSC)

Wednesday 6th April 2011, 4pm-8/8.30pm
The Gordon Museum, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London

4pm-5pm Posters and coffee
5pm: Introductions, Chair: Andrew Papanikitas, King’s College London
5.10pm: From Ethical Theory to Ethics Education – Hilary Engward, Anglia Ruskin University
5.40pm: Towards the flourishing General Practice – Dr Peter Toon, Queen Mary, University of London
6.10pm: Personalised medicine: implications for commissioningDr John Owens, King’s College London
6.40pm Panel Discussion
7.20pm Reception and posters
8.15pm Close

Call for abstracts: We have space for up to 8 A0 posters on the theme of the meeting. Please send abstracts of max 400 words to<> by March 16th 2011. We will prioritise posters based on relevance to the main theme. Priority will be given to postgraduate research but relevant work from undergraduates is welcome. We also welcome those not selected for display to bring their poster in the form of A4/A5 handouts to give to fellow delegates.

Registration: This event is open to anyone with a research, educational or professional interest in this field. Please note that we have a maximum capacity  of 70 for this venue. Please register by email if you wish to attend: <>. Attendance is free. No travel bursaries are available.