Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

Purpose – In October 2005, the member states of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The Declaration aims to affirm “the commitment of the international community to respect a certain number of universal principles for humanity in the development and application of science and technology.” Since its affirmation, much has been written in support and as a critique of this document. Your review of this document and responses to it will help you to consider ethics within a global context.

Directions-

1. Read the Declaration (included in the first article below) and review at least the following three articles in Blackboard.

a. UNESCO (2005) “The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

b. Andorno, R. (2007) “Global Bioethics at UNESCO: In Defense of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.”

c. ten Have, Henk. (2005) ‘Criticism of the Universal Declaration.” https://www.academia.edu/30540071/Criticism_of_the_Universal_Declaration

In addition, it is optional if you would like to review additional articles that are provided on Blackboard or research other sources on your own. If you use additional sources, please be sure to cite the sources.

2. In 3-4 pages, double-spaced

  • Summarize the basic principles of this Declaration and the major arguments on both sides (supportive and critical).
  • Which side do you think has the stronger case?
  • What significance do you see for this document to health care in the US?

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