International Biomedical Laws in the Field of Genetic Interventions

  • Pin Lean Lau


This chapter imports an international dimension into the discourse of genetic interventions. In examining a selection of international biomedical laws in the field of genetic interventions, the international human rights dimensions that are protected in these biomedical instruments are highlighted. Of particular note is that despite the existence of these international human rights instruments, some key bioethical issues still remain unresolved, which points to a lack of international consensus and concerted will at bridging the gap that may actualize the resolution of these problems. I summarize that two of the main bioethical issues (the determination of human dignity as a grounded normative value, and germ line genetic interventions) still lead to divergent opinions in both bioethical and legal circles, and in this, demonstrates shortcomings that impact considerably on the human rights discourse.


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  • Pin Lean Lau
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  1. 1.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary

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