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Swiss Bioethics Workshop Focuses on Scholars’ Work

KIE Senior Research Scholars Ruth Faden and Madison Powers were the guest authors at a two-day “Meeting the Authors” workshop hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Ethics (IBME) and the University Research Priority Program for Ethics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The event, held June 4-5, 2012, at the IBME, was aimed at providing an informal platform for an international and interdisciplinary exchange on social justice and, especially, an opportunity to interact with Drs. Faden and Powers about their influential book, Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (Oxford University Press, 2008).

The workshop, which was roundly well-received by Swiss and international participants, also provided an opportunity for the participants to present their own work on a variety of issues relating to social justice and health policy, including health inequalities involving children, the right to health insurance, the commercialization of organs, humanitarian action, and noncitizens and health policy. The keynote address was delivered by Faden and Powers in a public lecture entitled, “Children’s Health, Human development, and the Twin Aims of Justice.” As researchers addressed these and other pressing topics in bioethics, with a particular emphasis on those involving children and vulnerable groups, the KIE Senior Scholars were able to share their wisdom and contribute to this important international exchange on social justice.

More information and the event program can be found at the workshop’s website.