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Human rights in biomedicine for legal and health professionals

26-27 September 2019 Toulouse, France

Organised under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the 7th Congress of the European Association of Health Law (EAHL) will host the workshop “The Council of Europe Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) and Bioethics”. Save the date ...

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“HELP in the EU” cross border launch of the course Key Human Rights Principles in Biomedicine

7 March 2019 Strasbourg

The seminar was held at the premises of the Council of Europe. Alongside current challenges in the field of biomedicine, the programme included sessions on European case law - from the European Court of Human Rights but also from key EU member states - and the relevant European framework - the...

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Watch the live stream of the seminar on bioethics and the launch of the HELP course on “Key Human Rights Principles in Biomedicine”

7-8 March 2019 Strasbourg

Organised under the EU-Council of Europe "HELP in the EU" project, the seminar will include sessions on the relevant case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe framework related to bioethics, as well as on current challenges. The participants will get familiarised with...

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The HELP course on Bioethics presented and launched in Belarus

7 December 2018 Minsk

On 7 December 2018, the HELP course on Key Human Rights Principles in Biomedicine was presented and launched in Minsk at an international conference organised in the framework of the Action Plan of the Council of Europe for Belarus. The conference was jointly organised by the Bioethics Unit of...

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Legal assessment of the Law of the Republic of Belarus No. 28-З on transplantation of human organs and tissues of 4 March 1997 vis-à-vis its compliance with the Council of Europe standards will be conducted by the leading international experts

6 December 2018 Minsk

A round table to discuss the Opinion of the Bioethics Unit, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law on Compliance of the “Law of the Republic of Belarus No. 28-З of 4 March 1997 on the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues” and of the “Draft Law of the Republic of Belarus on...

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HELP programme for legal professionals and beyond

Council of Europe to discuss European academic cooperation with Russian universities

29 November 2018 Moscow, Russian Federation

On Thursday, 29 November, at 13:00, the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and the Moscow State University will discuss in Moscow the prospects for enhanced academic cooperation on the Council of Europe's conventions. As a first step, a new training course on...

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Draft Additional Protocol concerning the protection of human rights and dignity of persons with mental disorder with regard to involuntary placement and involuntary treatment

9 October 2018 Strasbourg

Why is there a need for an Additional Protocol? What is the purpose of the Additional Protocol? Does the lack of legal safeguards cause significant abuse? Does the Draft Protocol discriminate against persons with mental disorder? Draft Additional Protocol concerning the protection of human...

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The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the PACE calls on member States not to engage in the ‘Global Kidney Exchange’ concept

Parliamentary Assembly 18 September 2018 Strasbourg

Recalling that human organs must not be bought or sold or give rise to financial gain, the Committee shares the concerns expressed by the European Committee on Organ Transplantation and the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics with regard to the Global Kidney Exchange concept. More information

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The HELP course on Key human rights principles in Biomedicine launched on the HELP Platform!

4 September 2018 Strasbourg, France

Evolution of biology and medicine, including new technologies, has produced spectacular advances in the health field. However, these developments raise various issues that affect the individual and the protection of the individual’s rights and dignity. These ethical and, in many cases, also legal...

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Technology and human rights: Council of Europe participated in Euroscience Open Forum

9-14 July 2018 Toulouse, France

In a round table on elderly persons organised at the opening, Siobhan O’Sullivan, Member of the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe (DH-BIO), referred to the challenges for the rights of elderly persons and highlighted the need to be vigilant with regard to the evolution of health...

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