International Workshop: Ethics of Biomedical Technology and Artificial Intelligence

International Workshop: Ethics of Biomedical Technology and Artificial Intelligence

Our Chair fellow Fr. Joseph Tham will participate in the International Workshop: Ethics of Biomedical Technology and Artificial Intelligence. The workshop is organised by Global China Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He will discuss the latest publication Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self, which is based upon research and presentations given at the fifth Multicultural conference in Houston in 2016. This is a significant collection, demonstrating how religion and modern technologies relate to one another. It will, therefore, be of great interest to academics working in bioethics, religion and the body, interreligious dialogue, and religion and science, technology and neuroscience.

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The concept of solidarity: between theory and practice

The concept of solidarity: between theory and practice

 

On April 11, LUMSA University is organizing a seminar to discuss the progress of the i-CONSENT project. Prof. Barbara Prainsack Professor at the Department of Global Health & Medicine at King’s will be present to give a lecture on “The concept of solidarity: between theory and practice”. A detailed program will follow.

 

Law and Life: dignity in living and dying between informed consent, advance treatment provisions and the ordinance n.207 of 2018 of the Constitutional Court

Law and Life: dignity in living and dying between informed consent, advance treatment provisions and the ordinance n.207 of 2018 of the Constitutional Court

On Friday 5 April (15: 30-19: 00, Master Classroom, 1st floor) the Group of Neurobioethics, coordinated by our Chair fellow Fr. Alberto Carrara, L.C., is organizing an interdisciplinary dialogue entitled: Law and Life: dignity in living and dying between informed consent, advance treatment provisions and the ordinance n.207 of 2018 of the Constitutional Court. The speakers are: Avv. Emanuela Cerasella, Avv. Tania Cerasella, Dr. Francesco Ognibene, Dr. Suor Costanza Galli, Prof. Giuseppe Noia and Dr. Angelo Mainini.

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Program

15:30

Greetings from the Academic Authorities

Presentation

Prof. Father Alberto Carrara, L.C.

(Coordinator GdN, Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life)

4:00 pm

Coordinates and introduces legal issues

Avv. Emanuela Cerasella

(Lawyer of the Court of Rome, patron of the Supreme Court of Cassation and other superior jurisdictions; coordinator of the neuro-law research and subgroup of the GdN)

16:30

“The sacredness of the good life and the centrality of the constitutional triad: life, person and dignity in the anticipated treatment provisions. Communication at the heart of DAT. Which legal institute recognize in the DAT? “

Avv. Tania Cerasella

(Advocate for the Court of Rome before the Supreme Court of Cassation and other higher jurisdictions, member of the GdN)

17:00

“Media: questions of life and death”

Dr. Francesco Ognibene

(Editor-in-chief of Avvenire, Coordinator of the weekly “E ‘Vita” insert)

17:30

“Palliative care as an antidote to euthanasia and therapeutic obstinacy, in the light of law n. 219/2017 “

Dr. Suor Costanza Galli

(Director of the complex palliative care unit – Tuscany North / West company)

18:00

“The boundaries of life in curing the incurables: always taking care of”

Prof. Giuseppe Noia

(Director, Perinatal Hospice – Center for Prenatal Palliative Care – S. Mother Teresa of Calcutta – Gemelli Hospital, Rome; President of the Heart Foundation in a Goccia-Onlus; President AIGOC)

18:30

“Born to live and born to die, the experience of care and assistance to people with advanced disease”

Dr. Angelo Mainini

(Health Director of the “Maddalena Grassi Foundation” in Milan)

19:00 Conclusions

Dr. Francesco Ognibene

Buffet

i-CONSENT Workshop with IBC members

i-CONSENT Workshop with IBC members

On January 31st the i-CONSENT Consortium will gather in Rome to provide an overview of main findings of i-CONSENT Project and to discuss comments elaborated by IBC members. The Consortium will also identify any gap in i-CONSENT work and suggest actions to improve strategies aimed at increasing participation of human subjects from multicultural backgrounds in clinical trials.

UNESCO Chair Director, Prof. Alberto Garcia will analyze Informed Consent from a multicultural and interreligious perspective.

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Expected participants from UNESCO IBC and Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata” :

Stefano Semplici Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Johannes JM van Delden UNESCO IBC
Dafna Feinholz UNESCO IBC
Derrick Aarons UNESCO IBC
Pamela Andanda UNESCO IBC
Dirceu Bartolomeu Greco UNESCO IBC
Richard Magnus UNESCO IBC
Federico Jääskeläinen Montalvo UNESCO IBC
Evariste Likinda UNESCO IBC
Marie-Genevieve Pinsart UNESCO IBC
Lizbeth Sagols Sales UNESCO IBC
Delia Maria Sanchez Varela UNESCO IBC
Yuthavong Yongyuth UNESCO IBC
Paulina Tindana UNESCO IBC

The Concept of Person in the Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court

The Concept of Person in the Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court

On December 14th, Prof. Alberto Garcia, our Director, in quality of member of the evaluation commission of the research work in the Faculty of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid, took part in Lorena Velasco Guerrero’ presentation of her 1100-page dissertation on “The concept of person in the Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court.” She analyzed 36 years of resolutions of the Spanish Supreme Court on the concept of person, a fundamental concept in bioethical issues.

In the conclusion Lorena Velasco Guerrero claims that “the person is affirmed as a living being. Life that constitutionally has to be understood as a path that begins with gestation and ends with death, in which qualitative changes of a somatic and psychic nature take place, due to the physical and a moral —or psychological— dimension that composed the person in “psychosomatic unity”. The person is sexed. Depending on their sex, their biological reality, it can be one of two genders of the human species: male or female. In addition to biological sex, the sexual orientation and sexual identity are considered in the decisions of the High Court.”

She also emphasizes that “The lack of conceptualization and the equivocality in the use of the terms of close significance makes it difficult to clearly determine the reference to the person by any of them. It has to be taken into consideration that, although generally
speaking human being means person, due to the present legislation, only born human beings are persons and only viable individuals are human beings. The term individual might refer both to the person or to the citizen. Citizen generally refer to the individual physical person, although sometimes it include legal persons. Finally, while the term nobody might refer to person, the term all would not refer to every person but to every human being, including the nasciturus – although this express indication is not applied by the TC in the interpretation of the entire article.”

Prof. Alberto Gracia underlines how was interesting that “since the term person has been constitutionalized, it necessarily becomes the subject of constitutional interpretation —the Constitution, after all, does not say anything more or less than what the Constitutional Court says it says—. The multiplicity of interpretative criteria and the absence of justification in their election entails a constitutional voluntarism, a breach of the principle of legal security. Insecurity that is aggravated by the denial of any unavailable elements. There
is nothing, not even the concept of person, that cannot be changed.”

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