Newsletter February 2017

                                                                                                                        February 2017

AABHL Streams

There will be no AABHL Conference in 2017 – in its place there will be a number of workshops under the guise of AABHL Streams throughout the year.

Dates for diary – Clinical Ethics Stream, 19 June;  Public Health Ethics Stream, 20 June – both will be held in Sydney – more details to follow, as they come to hand.

Melbourne-based bioethics journal club

The Melbourne Bioethics Circle meets once a month to discuss a new topic in bioethics and related readings. We currently meet on a Wednesday evening at Monash's Caulfield campus, though this may change in the new year. We are an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional group that is open to anyone - we have a mix of academics, clinicians, lawyers and friends at all different professional levels who attend. Please contact to be  added to the mailing list for details about approaching meetings


Call for volunteer[s] to undertake Social Media role for AABHL

AABHL is looking to appoint one or more volunteers from amongst its membership to help relay information relevant to the activities of AABHL to the wider community initially through its established Twitter account, but potentially also through other social media platforms. Any number of models could be considered, e.g. the role could be rotated on a 1-3 monthly basis, shared by 2 or more members, etc.

It would be appreciated if interested members should please contact AABHL Secretary, Lynn Woodward at


Seminars, Conferences, Meetings, Workshops etc

February 2017

ACHLR 5th Annual Public Oration;  Human Rights Meets Global Pharma:
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
Please join members of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research for canapés and beverages in QUT's Gardens Theatre Foyer followed by the annual public oration from the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG.



Wednesday 15 February 2017.

3 – 4 pm canapés and beverages followed by a 5.00pm - 6.30pm lecture 

Gardens Theatre Foyer, X Block,
QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane
By Thursday 9 February 2017

March 2017

3rd Edition of the Intensive Course on Justice and Priority Setting in Health Care.

Leuven, Belgium, 22-24 March 2017

Keynote Speaker of the 2017 edition will be Prof. Dr. Angus Dawson (University of Sydney)

 Deadline for early bird registration is 1 February

Detailed information on program, funding opportunities, registration and payment can be found at our under the heading ‘Intensive Course’  or in the enclosed brochure

May 2017


June 2017

5-7 June, 20174th ELSI Congress,

Abstract submissions for the 4th ELSI Congress - Genomics and Society: Expanding the ELSI Universe – are now open.  Please click on the link below to submit an abstract and for more information about the meeting  Abstracts are due by December 1, 2016.

August 2017

13th Conference of the European Sociological Association; Health, body-weight and everyday life: Studying subjectivities through time (RN16-q)<>

29 August – 1 September 2017 Athens, Greece.


September 2017

The 2nd International Conference on End-of-Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from September 13-15, 2017

The call for abstracts is now open and will close on 15 February 2017. Abstracts are particularly welcomed within the following streams:

  • Withholding and withdrawing potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. the “futile treatment” debate, artificial hydration and nutrition)
  • Palliative sedation
  • Advance directives and advance care planning
  • Medical assistance in dying (euthanasia and assisted suicide)
  • Other end of life law, ethics, policy, and practice issues.

 For conference updates and further information please visit or contact


October 2017

The ASBH 19th Annual Meeting, October 19-22, 2017, in Kansas City, MO, USA The call for proposals will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, Friday, March 3, 2017


Canadian Association on Gerontology: Evidence for Action in an Aging World
46th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
October 19-21, 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Position vacant

The closing date is February 2017




In the latest issue of the Journal of Law & Medicine, Lindy Willmott and colleagues discuss the role for law in medical practice.  One respondent colorfully conveyed that law should stay out of the clinical encounter.


Canadian Journal of Law and Society
Volume 31, Number 3, 2016


Perspectives on Science
Volume 24, Number 6, November-December 2016


Constructing Pain, authored by Robert Kugelmann.



Ethics and Health Law News 

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AABHL members are eligible for a special discount on a new publication 'Legal Insanity and the Brain' edited by Sofia Moratti and Dennis Patterson. Information about the book can be found at

To purchase your copy and to receive your discount please contact  Emma Platt (Marketing Manager)