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“Criminalising sickness? Liability for the transmission of disease” by John Spencer (2014)

Speaker(s):Professor John Spencer, University of Cambridge Dr John Spencer was a professor in the Cambridge University Law Faculty from 1995 until 2013, when on retirement he became a Professor Emeritus. He is an honorary QC, and also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Poitiers. Through long service he is a life Fellow of Selwyn College Cambridge, and from 1 October he will become a Bye Fellow of Murray Edwards College. During the academic year 2014-15 he will be one of the...

Dr. Olivia M. Y. NGAN

Olivia has a research interest in reproductive health, public health genomics, rare diseases, and empirical bioethics. Her primary work explores ethical issues in the translational application of emerging technologies in genomic medicine and healthcare services, including reproductive technologies, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and newborn screening. She is also interested in examining how the pandemic exacerbates health issues among vulnerable populations.


Zohar is an emergency medicine physician with a PhD in bioethics from the National University of Singapore and formal undergraduate training in the humanities with a focus on philosophy. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Unit of Humanities and Medical Ethics at the medical school. Whenever not hiking or running, Zohar researches several topics in bioethics including loneliness and One Health Ethics. His work has been published in the top bioethics journals including the Journal of Medical Ethics, Bioethics, and Public Health Ethics.


Carl’s research engages questions at the intersection of ethics, moral psychology, and the history of philosophy. His current work focuses on sympathy and moral character in Kantian ethics. He also writes on the philosophy of forgiveness and recently developed a new course on the ethics of human relationships, as viewed through different scales and cross-cultural perspectives.

Dr. Alex K. GEARIN

Alex is an Australian medical anthropologist with a background researching psychedelic substance using communities in Peru, China, and Australia. He has published ethnographic research on indigenous medicine in modern society, the intercultural ethics of medical tourism, spirituality and individualism among psychedelic healing groups, and sensory and ontological aspects of shamanism. His work is published in Current Anthropology, Social Science and Medicine, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and other leading outlets, and he is co-editor of The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Controversies and Reinventions (Routledge).

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