Date: 12.30 – 2pm, Tuesday 24th October 2017
Location: Basement Lecture Theatre, Doorward 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG
‘Combining Religious Norms with Liberal Autonomy in Contemporary Biomedical Law: The Israeli Experience’, with Prof. Daniel Sinclair, School of Law, Fordham University
The heteronomous nature of Jewish Law (Halakhah) would at first sight appear to militate against any such combination. A brief glimpse at Israeli legislation and case-law in this area, however, may very well yield a number of issues in which mutual accommodation on the part of both religious and secular legal systems has succeeded in achieving a workable combination of halakhah and democratic values within the framework of the law of the land. These issues include the administration of life-saving therapy; life-support for the terminally ill and defining death in the context of heart transplants. The focus of the discussion will be on the accommodative aspects of each issue, and also on various meta-legal matters such as the effects of changing scientific theories on religious law and the fragility of the sanctity of life in secular biomedical law.
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