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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

New Technologies, Developments in the Biosciences and the New Frontiers of Human Rights

18th June 2014, 09:00 to 17:30, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

The symposium brings two areas of research – human rights and the biosciences – into dialogue with the aim of expanding the boundaries of both. It engages two key questions: first, how is the human being envisioned and constructed within human rights law and practice and how are new technological and scientific advances changing this view of the subject of human rights? Second, how are new ways of imagining who or what human beings are shaping (or might they re-shape) present-day human rights law and practice? In other words, drawing the contours of human beings and humanity through the lens of new technological and scientific knowledge what might human rights look like in the future?

Details of location, time and invited speakers are all below. While the event is free, please register using the link provided (to allow for catering and document preparation). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organizer at noa.vaisman@durham.ac.uk 

This symposium is supported by University of Durham’s CELLS (Center for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, LawSchool), HRC (HumanRightsCenter, LawSchool), DGSi (Durham Global Security Institute), IAS (Institute for Advanced Studies) and by the SLSA (Socio-Legal Studies Association).  

New Technologies, Developments in the Biosciences and the New Frontiers of Human Rights 

Invited Speakers

Professor Barbara Prainsack, Dr phil, FRSA, Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London 

Title: The We in the Me: Individualism and Solidarity in Personal Genomics and Personalised Medicine 

Dr Ilke Turkmendag, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield 

Title: It is just a battery: Mitochondrial DNA replacement therapy and the ‘right to know’  

Professor Bronwyn Parry, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College, London 

Title: “The Social Life of ‘Scaffolds’: Examining human rights in regenerative medicine”  

Booking is via the online form https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=352

Contact noa.vaisman@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.