20th anniversary of the Oviedo Convention
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2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention).
On this occasion an international conference was held on 24-25 October 2017, in Strasbourg, under the auspices of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
The objective of this conference was namely to analyse the relevance of this international reference instrument in the light of the developments in the biomedical field and the perspectives with a view to define the elements of a “strategic action plan” for the work of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) for the 2018 – 2019 biennium and possibly beyond. To that end, the evolution of practices and the scientific and technical developments in the biomedical field were examined, as well as the Convention principles at stake and possible challenges raised with a view to identify possible areas for action.
The conference benefited from the outcome of the following activities:
- High level seminar on “International case-law in bioethics: insight and foresight”, held on 5 December 2016, under the auspices of Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
- Study on “The rights of Children in biomedicine: challenges posed by scientific advances and uncertainties”, prepared by researchers form Uppsala University Department of Law (Sweden)
- Study "From law to practice: towards a roadmap to strengthen children's rights in the era of biomedicine", prepared by researchers from Leiden University Law School (the Netherlands).