Mark your calendars! InÂ recognition of International Human Rights Day, the Law Library will hostÂ a panel discussion on issues surrounding bioethics: â€śBioethics and Human Rights: Privacy and Consent.â€ť The event is scheduled forÂ 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540.Â Partially sponsored by the Friends of the Law Library, this event is free and open to the public.Â Tickets are not required.
Moderated by Ruth Levush, fellow In Custodia Legis blogger and Senior Foreign LawÂ Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, the panel will include Erin Williams of MITRE Corporation; Gerald Schatz, an affiliated scholar of Georgetown University Medical Center; and Theresa Papademetriou of the Law Library of Congress.
A range of topics will be covered by each panelist, including: Â â€śWhat Was That Form I Just Signed? Snapshot of U.S. Federal Requirements Governing Informed Consent for Medical Researchâ€ť by Williams; â€śPrivacy Rights and Ethical Tensions in Medicine and Research” by Schatz; and “A Human Rights Dimension of Informed Consent: Sterilization of Women in Europeâ€ť by Papademetriou.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted and proclaimed in Paris, France, on December 10, 1948. Â The UDHR was designed to provide a global framework for human rights following World War II and the colonial era. Â The Declaration, the first global enunciation of human rights, is considered the most translated document in modern history. It is available in more than 360 languages, and new translations are still being added. Each year the Law Library celebrates Human Rights Day with a panel discussion focusing on a different aspect of human rights.Â We hope to see you there!
Last yearâ€™s Human Rights Day Event, “Womenâ€™s Rights and Opportunities,”Â isÂ available on YouTube.
Update: The event video was added below.