Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences) supports excellence in academic research, innovative teaching and public dialogue on the ethical, social and regulatory issues raised by the life sciences. This area is defined broadly to include issues relating to health, the environment and biotechnology. We seek to promote the exchange of ideas and the production of high-quality scholarship within and beyond the University. Our expertise spans a wide range of academic disciplines, including (but not restricted to) anthropology, biology, law, philosophy, sociology and theology.
Aoife Finnerty examines the role that pregnancy exceptions to advance directive laws play in legitimising obstetric violence in the form of non-consensual treatment. Her insightful contribution highlights the issues with Ireland’s new capacity law, which is expected to be commenced in 2022 and with similar laws from the United States.
Zoe Tongue comments on the recent ruling by Poland's Constitutional Court which will lead to a near-ban of abortion in a country which already has one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in Europe.
Durham CELLS is committed to recruiting and supporting the very best research students engaged in innovative research on the ethical, societal and regulatory aspects of the biosciences.
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The Palatine Centre Durham DH1 3LE UK