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Relational Autonomy: Rethinking Informed Consent in Healthcare from Cross-Cultural and Religious Perspectives

January 26, 2022 @ 11:30 am

On January 26, at 6:30 (Hong Kong time) Prof. Fr. Joseph Tham, L.C., Chair Fellow, will present the new published book “Cross-Cultural and Religious Critiques of Informed Consent” during a Live zoom session titled “Relational Autonomy: Rethinking Informed Consent in Healthcare from Cross-Cultural and Religious Perspectives” organized by The University of Hong Kong Center for Medical Ethics and Law. The volume re-evaluates informed consent in multicultural contexts and features perspectives from Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

The requirement of informed consent in healthcare and biomedical research tends to be construed and implemented in ways that are overtly individualistic and without adequate recognition of the attending social, cultural and religious conditions. Drawing from contributions in the edited monographs “Cross-Cultural and Religious Critiques of Informed ConsentandMedical Decision-Making on Behalf of Young Children”, contributing authors and commentators discuss key arguments and implications of this contribution to the bioethical literature on informed consent.


Programme, Abstracts & Biographies: click here

Dr Calvin Ho

Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof Gilberto KK Leung
Tsang Wing-Hing Professor in Clinical Neuroscience, and Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speakers & Presentations
Fr. Joseph Tham, LC

Professor, School of Bioethics, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, Italy
Title: Healthcare decision-making: Cross-cultural analysis of the shift from autonomous to the relational self

Prof Ellen Y. Zhang
Head, Director of Centre for Applied Ethics, Associate Programme Director of Master of Arts in Ethics and Public Affairs and Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Title: Informed consent: A critical response from a Buddhist perspective

Prof Ruiping Fan
Professor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Title: A Confucian view of informed consent in biomedical practice

Prof Imogen Goold
Professor of Medical Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Title: Autonomy and decision-making for children – A comparative analysis across five continents

Ms Jingyi Lin
Senior Medical Social Worker, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Title: Consideration of relational autonomy on decision-making and informed consent in healthcare settings 

Dr Derrick K.S. Au
Director, CUHK Centre for Bioethics, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Title: Alternative forms of autonomy in medical practice: Can informed consent be shared?

Free of charge


January 26, 2022
11:30 am