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

September 5th 2015
University of Warsaw
Main hall of the Old Library building

Contemporary medical health care system is the place of growing controversies within the society, uncovering conflicting interests and different attitudes to fundamental human values in social life. Technical progress, considered as a means of advancing human autonomy, growingly colonises areas, for a long time considered as escaping human intervention. Advancing human autonomy, as enabled by technological progress, often appears to be performed on the cost of less autonomous people.

Such a controversial procedures affect not only patients, but also medical professionals, who are expected to perform procedures provoking objection of their conscience. Rational assessment as to the moral quality of a procedure as required by a patient or professional supervisor, causes more and more controversies involving legal action.

Recognizing the importance of these issues, a group of lawyers from various European countries and the US, wants to make intellectual reflection on them at an international law conference.

Organized by the Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture, in cooperation with the Department of the History of Political and Legal Doctrines, the conference will be held at the Auditorium of the old University Library on 5 September 2015 starting at 9:30 a.m. All English-language presentations will be simultaneously translated into Polish.

You can not miss this conference!

Yours faithfully,

Prof. UW dr hab. Aleksander Stępkowski
Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture

Prof. dr hab. Hubert Izdebski
Department of the History of Political and Legal Doctrines, Law Faculty of the University of Warsaw

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