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Negotiating Bioethics (Open Access) : The Governance of UNESCO's Bioethics Programme, Hardback Book

Negotiating Bioethics (Open Access) : The Governance of UNESCO's Bioethics Programme Hardback

Part of the Genetics and Society series

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A PDF version of this book is available for free in Open Access at www.tandfebooks.com.

It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. The sequencing of the entire human genome has opened up unprecedented possibilities for healthcare, but also ethical and social dilemmas about how these can be achieved, particularly in developing countries.

UNESCO's Bioethics Programme was established to address such issues in 1993.

Since then, it has adopted three declarations on human genetics and bioethics (1997, 2003 and 2005), set up numerous training programmes around the world and debated the need for an international convention on human reproductive cloning.

Negotiating Bioethics presents Langlois' research on the negotiation and implementation of the three declarations and the human cloning debate, based on fieldwork carried out in Kenya, South Africa, France and the UK, among policy-makers, geneticists, ethicists, civil society representatives and industry professionals.

The book examines whether the UNESCO Bioethics Programme is an effective forum for (a) decision-making on bioethics issues and (b) ensuring ethical practice.

Considering two different aspects of the UNESCO Bioethics Programme - deliberation and implementation - at international and national levels, Langlois explores: how relations between developed and developing countries can be made more equalwho should be involved in global level decision-making and how this should proceedhow overlap between initiatives can be avoidedwhat can be done to improve the implementation of international norms by sovereign stateshow far universal norms can be contextualizedwhat impact the efficacy of national level governance has at international level

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