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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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Council of Europe HELP courses presented in International Fora

France 28 May 2018 Russian Federation 16 May 2018

Two Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme of the Council of Europe events occured in May 2018. The first one in the Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum and the second one in the UNESCO 2018 World Congress on Justice for Children. Read more Videos

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Competition on bioethics

Belarus

The aim of the competition was to raise awareness on the principles enshrined in the Oviedo Convention and foster public discussions on main challenges to the human rights in the field of biomedicine (a.i. how scientific and technological developments in such fields of biomedicine, as genetics...

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International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg

17 May 2018 St. Petersburg

The legal control of cutting-edge biomedical technologies was discussed at the VIII St. Petersburg Legal Forum. The discussion was moderated by Secretary of the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe Laurence Lwoff. The session was attended by former Director General of the Directorate...

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Organ and tissue donation: A guide to better understand the principle of prohibition of financial gain

26 April 2018 Strasbourg

The principle of prohibition of financial gain, as set out in the Oviedo Convention and its additional Protocol concerning the transplantation of organs and tissues of human origin, guarantees respect for human dignity. As a key principle in combating trafficking in human beings for the purposes...

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10 years of liver transplantation in the Republic of Belarus: Ethical challenges and perspectives

6 april 2018 Minsk

Ethical and legal challenges of organ transplantation will be discussed at the international Conference “10 years of liver transplantation in the Republic of Belarus: Ethical challenges and perspectives” on 6 April 2018 in Minsk. Registration is open until 2 April 2018. Co-organised by the...

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