Human rights and human dignity in the resolution of certain ethical questions in biomedicine.

Wheatley, S. (2001) Human rights and human dignity in the resolution of certain ethical questions in biomedicine. European Human Rights Law Review, 3. pp. 312-325. ISSN 1361-1526

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Abstract

As medical technology develops, new issues are raised as to how the use of this technology may comply or conflict with existing human rights standards and values. This article considers the application of human rights standards, and in particular the jurisprudence under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, to the trade in human body organs, the selection of the sex of prospective children, and human reproductive cloning. The current domestic law and regulatory framework is examined, as well as international regulation of this area by the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine. The author considers how the balance is to be struck between the ethical objections to many developments in biomedicine, and individual self-determination. It is suggested that, in order to be justified, any limitations on individual self-determination in the use of this new medical technology, should have a basis in the protection of human dignity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Human Rights Law Review
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 133952
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 May 2019 08:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 12:01
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/133952

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