International Law Conference / 5th of September 2015 / University of Warsaw

“Medical Professionals’ Rights of Conscience – theoretical Framework, Legal Challenges and Opportunities”

9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

10:15 – 11:30

Panel I

  1. „Conscientious Objection and its limits."
    Prof. Aleksander Stępkowski, Faculty of Law University of Warsaw, Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture
  2. „Conscience and Republican Government."
    Prof. David F. Forte, Cleveland State University
  3. "The Pros and Cons of Conscience-Based Exemptions as a Tool for Protecting the Values of Religious and Moral Dissenters."
    Dr David Thunder, Navarra University

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:15

Panel II

  1. „Consciencious objection: objecting in the name of justice."
    Dr Grégor Puppinck, Director of European Centre for Law and Justice
  2. „Freedom of conscience - a basic human right?"
    Dr Jakob Cornides, a public servant at the European Commission, DG Trade
  3. „Freedom of conscience, medical conscientious objection and antibioethics."
    Prof. José Miguel Serrano Ruiz-Calderon, Complutense University (Madrid)

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:15

Panel III

  1. „Conscientious Objection in International Law.”
    Roger Kiska, Senior Legal Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)
  2. „Diminishing conscience rights in the United States.”
    William Saunders, Vice President of Americans United for Life
  3. „Freedom of conscience - in Sweden?"
    Ruth Nordström, President of Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 17:45

Panel IV

  1. „Medical doctor's right to act in harmony with his/her consience."
    Dr Konstanty Radziwiłł – Supreme Medical Council
  2. „Pharmacist and Other Pharmacy Employees Conscience Rights.”
    Danuta Brańska, Stowarzyszenie Farmaceutów Katolickich Polski
  3. „Laboratory Diagnostician Conscience Rights: Between Law and Pedagogy .”
    Dr Błażej Kmieciak, Medical Law Department of the Lodz Medical University
  4. „How ECHR case law influence aplication of conscientious objection in Poland?"
    Dr Michał Skwarzyński - WPPKiA KUL
  5. „Conscience Rights and Employees Rights.”
    Attorney Waldemar Gujski - Gujski, Zdebiak Law Office
  6. „Can we Better Defend the Rights of Conscience ?”
    Attorney Jerzy Kwaśniewski, Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture

17:45 – 18:00

Closing Remarks

18:00 – 20:00

Cocktail - speech of Special Guest

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