Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


05 Aug 2016 - 14 Aug 2016
Course directors:
Stjepan Orešković, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Lita, Global Bioethics Initiative, New York, United States
Ana Borovečki, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Henk ten Have, Duquesne University, Germany
Course description:

The annual course “Bioethics and Globalisation” addresses different problems bioethical problems in the context of emerging global society. The participants come from various countries and bring in different disciplinary competences relevant for Bioethics theory and practice. The course aims at an interdisciplinary debate, especially between:

• clinical medicine and public health, law, philosophy, sociology and political sciences, psichology, psychiatry and bihevioral sciences.

Furthermore, the course intends to establish a dialogue between different cultural and philosophical backgrounds of bioethics - mostliy "American" and "European" Bioethics. It is a continuation, a kind of “mirror course” of the two week course on global bioethics organized at the New York Global Bioethics Initiative.

The topic of this year’s course will be “Global Bioethics and Globalization: Beteween the Norms and Utility”. The practices by which human beings are generated for medical or biotechnological use will be discussed. Would it be realistic to expect that bioethical deliberation could be strong enough to implement universal ethical principles in the international legislation? While for the doctor in his or her relation to the patient justice should be the guideline, colud we envisage the the global cooperation in the bioethical field based on standards of international justice and fairness? The focus of this year course will be the questions: "Is there split that can be characterized as a conflict between a culture of norms and a culture of utility? How to define common moral, ethical, scientific and eventually technological source from which we could derive the solution for conflicts which will arise from the new biotechnological and biomedical possibilities. Kantian definition: “In the kingdom of ends everything has either value or dignity. Whatever has a value can be replaced by something else which is equivalent; whatever, on the other hand, is above all value, and therefore admits of no equivalent, has a dignity" may represent a starting point for the discussion. Dignity however is not ulitimate reason for ethical obligation. The ultimate reason lies in the capacity of the human being for self-legislation, in the "moral law within me". What will prove as more imprtant in the future for the respect and the protection of every human being against any attempt to divide mankind into different parts with different standards of dignity: self-legislation or international conventions? How we can relay on norms already existing which almost all national constitutions of the world accept as valid? To inspire global bioethics initiatives we just need to remind our societies of the claims by which they already define their humanitarian substance. The Course will be another attempt to contribute to such endavor.

More information can be found on the course web page.

Course lecturers:
Stjepan Orešković, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Borovečki, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Nina Urban, Columbia University Medical Centre, New York, United States
Zdravko Lacković, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Charles Debrovner, New York Lagoone School of Medicine, United States
Marin Gillis, Florida International University, Miami, United States
Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, United States
Ana Lita, Global Bioethics Initiative, New York, United States
Howard Goldman, University of Maryland, United States
Stephen Hinshaw, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Alexander Nawka, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Selma Mijatović, Croatian Journalists Association, Zagreb, Croatia
George Rutherford, University of California, San Francisco, United States
Aleksandar Štulhofer, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Soren Holm, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Judit Sandor, Central European University, Hungary
Miroslav Mastilica, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Mirjana Kujundžić Tiljak, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Aleksandar Džakula, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ivana Božičević, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Tea Vukušić Rukavina, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Lovela Machala Poplašen, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Marta Čivljak, Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia
Livia Puljak, University of Split, Croatia
Bruce Elliot Gelb, New York University Langone Medical Center, United States
Shirin Karsan, Drexel University, Philadelphia, United States
Mirela Bušić, Ministry of Health of the Republic Croatia, Croatia
Krunoslav Capak, Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Croatia
Srećko Gajović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Štefan Grosek, University of Clinical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia
Blaž Ivanc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Bernard Kaić, Croatian National Institute of Public Health, Croatia
Ivica Kelam, University of Osijek, Croatia
Amir Muzur, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Mirjana Nasić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ivan Pristaš, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Aleksandar Racz, University of Applied health sciences, Croatia
Marija Selak, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Stavljenić Rukavina, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Anđelina Svirčić Gotovac, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Jana Šarinić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Tešović, Clinic "Fran Mihaljević", Croatia
Hrvoje Tiljak, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Tijana Trako Poljak, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Hrvoje Jurić, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Đula Rušinović Sunara, Association for patient rights promotion , N/A
Miro Jakovljević, University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
Cvijeta Biščević, Zelena mreža aktivističkih grupa, Croatia
Jeffrey Caston , Restoration Agriculture Development, N/A
Norman Sartorious, World Psychiatric Association, Swaziland
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