8th Cambridge Consortium of Bioethics Education, Paris, France, 04 July 2018 - 06 February 2020, pp.1
8th Cambridge Consortium of Bioethics Education
Paris, 4-6 July 2018
Abstract for poster presentation
The Oviedo Convention celebrates its 20th Anniversary,
An Ethically and Legally Binding Source on Human Rights and Biomedicine
Yesim Isil Ulman*
This poster aims to explore the Conference, organized by the Council of Europe Bioethics Committee on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Oviedo Convention. The Oviedo Convention was produced for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine. It had been opened for signature on 4 April 1997 in Oviedo (Spain). This Convention is the only international legally binding instrument on the protection of human rights in the biomedical field. It draws on the principles established by the European Convention on Human Rights, in the field of biology and medicine. It is a framework Convention aiming at protecting dignity and identity of all human beings and guarantee everyone, without discrimination, respect for their integrity and other rights and fundamental freedoms with regard to the application of biology and medicine. It set out fundamental principles applicable to daily medical practice and is regarded as such at the European treaty on patient’s rights. It also deals specifically with biomedical research, genetics and transplantation of organ and tissues. The provisions of the Convention are further elaborated and complemented by Additional Protocols on specific subjects.
The objective of this international Conference, organised on 24-25 October 2017, was to examine the relevance of the principles laid down in the Oviedo Convention with regard to developments in the biomedical field and possible human rights challenges raised by such developments.
The report, prepared by the Conference General Rapporteur, in cooperation with the rapporteurs of the different sessions, summarised the key points of the presentations and discussions. On that basis, it confirms the reference value of the principles laid down in the Convention at international level and underlines the areas for action proposed to address the challenges for human rights raised in particular by scientific and technological developments. All these elements will be used as a basis for the preparation by the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe, in 2018-2019, of the Strategic Action Plan to respond to these challenges.
* Yesim Isil Ulman, PhD, Prof. of History of Medicine and Ethics, Acibadem University School of Medicine, Istanbul-Turkey / email@example.com