Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-24
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henk A. M. J. ten Have, Bert Gordijn
      Pages 3-18
    3. Diego Gracia
      Pages 19-34
    4. Henk A. M. J. ten Have, Bert Gordijn
      Pages 35-42
  3. Principles of Global Bioethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Roberto Andorno
      Pages 45-57
    3. Donald Evans
      Pages 59-73
    4. O. Carter Snead, Kelli Mulder-Westrate
      Pages 75-83
    5. Eugenijus Gefenas, E. Tuzaite
      Pages 85-103
    6. Sheila A. M. McLean
      Pages 105-117
    7. Jean F. Martin
      Pages 119-137
    8. Nouzha Guessous
      Pages 139-151
    9. Volnei Garrafa
      Pages 169-186
    10. Stefano Semplici
      Pages 187-201
    11. Doris Schroeder
      Pages 203-223
  4. Cultural Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Jude M. Mathooko, Julius K. Kipkemboi
      Pages 253-268

About this book


As the first of its kind, this handbook presents state-of-the-art information and analysis concerning the state of affairs in bioethics in around 40 countries.

The country reports point out the most important discussions as well as the emerging topics in the field. Readers can orientate themselves quickly with regard to the various relevant issues, institutional structures and expertise available in these countries.

The authorship of this reference work is truly global as it involves contributions from the best authors with innate knowledge of the bioethics situation in these countries.


Ethics Global bioethics Globalization Medical ethics Research ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Henk A.M.J. ten Have
    • 1
  • Bert Gordijn
    • 2
  1. 1.PittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Dublin City UniversityDublin 9Ireland

About the editors

Bert Gordijn is Chair of Ethics and Director of the Ethics Institute at Dublin City University. He has studied Philosophy and History at the Universities of Utrecht (Netherlands), Strasbourg (France) and Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany). In 1995 he was awarded a doctorate in Philosophy; in 2003 he received a doctorate in Bioethics. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics at Lancaster University (UK), the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University (USA) and the Fondation Brocher (Switzerland). Bert is Editor-in-Chief of the academic book series The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology (published by Springer). In addition he is Editor-in-Chief of two peer reviewed journals: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy (also published by Springer) and Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology (published by Berkeley Electronic Press). Bert has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Patent Organization, the External Science Advisory Panel to the Long-Range Research Initiative of the European Chemical Industry Council and has served on the UNESCO expert committee on ethics and nanotechnology.Henk ten Have studied medicine and philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He received his medical degree in 1976 from Leiden University and his philosophy degree in 1983. He worked as a researcher in the Pathology Laboratory, University of Leiden (1976-1977), as a practicing physician in the Municipal Health Services, City of Rotterdam (1978-1979), and as a Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limburg, Maastricht (1982-1991). From 1991 he was a Professor of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine in the University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In September 2003 he joined UNESCO as Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.

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From the reviews:

“‘The Handbook aims to provide a geographic and systemic overview of global bioethics.’ They have succeeded in their goal. The purported audience for the Handbook includes bioethicists, health-care providers, health-care educators, individuals who are involved in clinical research, academics in the fields of law, science and technology studies, medicine, associated health-care professionals, religion, and cultural anthropology. … The Handbook is a highly recommended resource.” (Barry R. Masters, Graefe’s Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2014)