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(Co-organised) Lunchtime Seminar: Healthcare Harm, Artificial Apologies and Robotic Redress

Lunchtime Seminar Title: Healthcare Harm, Artificial Apologies and Robotic Redress Co-organisers: Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, HKUMed Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, HKU Abstract: Healthcare harm is a global public health problem, causing physical, emotional and financial harm for patients, families, clinicians and health systems. Explaining and accounting for harm may be provided through a variety of legal mechanisms and redress models. Apologies are an important part of this...

Reproductive Autonomy: The Impact of the Pandemic and Recent Jurisprudence

Video recording (click here to watch on YouTube)  Prof Carole J. Petersen Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law University of Hawaii   Speaker: Carole J. Petersen is the Cades Foundation Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She teaches International Law, Human Rights, and Gender and the Law. She taught law in Hong Kong from 1989-2006.   Abstract: The pandemic gave researchers an opportunity to study the efficacy and...

Book Talk – The Law and Regulation of Public Health: Global Perspectives on Hong Kong (Routledge New York, 2024) with author Prof Eric C. Ip

Video recording (click here to watch on YouTube)  Public health law has been a subject of much controversy and contestation, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. This timely book inquires into the foundational principles of a form of public health law that takes seriously the inherent dignity of the human person. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective, this illuminating study makes the case that the rule of law, just as much as population health, is an essential...

The law and regulation of public health: Global perspectives on Hong Kong

Prof Eric C. Ip has published the first book-length scholarly treatment of public health law in Hong Kong. This timely book inquires into the foundational principles of a form of public health law that takes seriously the inherent dignity of the human person. Written from a multidisciplinary perspective, this illuminating study makes the case that the rule of law, just as much as population health, is an essential determinant of human well-being.

Choosing the case of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, where life expectancy is among the highest in the world, yet whose well-established rule of law tradition is oft perceived to be under strain, in describing the central dilemmas of public health law, it makes an original contribution to our knowledge of comparative public health law and public health ethics. This book lucidly urges professionals of public health and law to reflect on how the myriad legal instruments and legal institutions should best be used to promote and protect public health in ways that are at once ethical and lawful. Situating Hong Kong’s public health law in the context of global health, The Law and Regulation of Public Health should appeal across the world to students and scholars of public health, medical law, public law, comparative law, and international law. It accessibly explains the law to epidemiologists and public health policymakers, and public health to jurists and legal practitioners.

Advance directives across Asia: A comparative sociolegal analysis

This book is the first to consider comprehensively and systematically the law and practice of advance directives across Asia. It will thus be important not only as a reference volume that documents how advance directives are regulated and used throughout Asia, but also as an exploration of the concept of the advance directive itself, in context. By examining how advance directives operate in Asian countries, we will also shed light on the principle of personal autonomy in this context, alongside other values and religious and socio-cultural factors that shape health and care decision-making. As such, this book will have broad appeal not only to Asian scholars, students, policymakers and practitioners in the fields of health law and ethics and end-of-life care more generally, but will also be of wider interest to an international academic audience in the fields of law, ethics and health and social care research. This title is also available as open access on Cambridge Core.

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