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"Who Owns Your Body?”
posted by Faculty of Law for HKU and Public
Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

The Centre for Medical Ethics & Law
of the University of Hong Kong

in collaboration with

The Centre for Law, Medicine & Life Sciences
of The University of Cambridge


The Centre of Genomics and Policy of McGill University


PHG Foundation
are pleased to announce

A Conference on “Who Owns Your Body?”

Thursday & Friday, 6 – 7 April 2017, The University of Hong Kong

How does the law govern the ownership of your body? And of its parts, things and information derived from it? What are the fundamental legal principles governing claims to ownership, possession and other rights in the human body? And what are the ethical, legal and social implications of using materials and information derived from the human body in transplantation, clinical and therapeutic applications, and in biomedical research? This 2-day conference aims to explore these fundamental questions from ethical, legal, medical, religious and social perspectives. It will also identify gaps and inconsistencies in current law and practice; discuss the tensions between the imperatives of protecting individual privacy and allowing important clinical and research uses of tissue and data, and suggest how these tensions may be best bridged to mutual benefit.

Introduction and Keynote Presentations:

Dr Ron Zimmern, PHG Foundation, Cambridge

Professor Peter Skegg, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, Centre of Genomics & Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
About the speakers:

Dr Philip Beh, HKU
Professor S.C. Chan, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital
Professor King L. Chow, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Professor Leonardo de Castro, University of the Philippines
Dr Imogen Goold, Oxford University
Dr Guang Xing, Centre for Buddhist Studies, HKU
Ms Alison Hall, PHG Foundation, Cambridge
Dr Calvin Ho, National University of Singapore
Dr Chih-hsing Ho, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Mr Terry Kaan, HKU
Mr Alex Lam, Hong Kong Patients’ Voices
Mr Colm McGrath, Cambridge University
Professor Tohru Masui, Centre for Genetics, Keio University School of Medicine
Dr Jeffrey Skopek, Cambridge University
Dato’ Dr Zahari Noor, Penang Hospital, Malaysia

Date/Time06/04/2017 09:00-17:30
VenueLarge Moot Court, 2/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 21/02/2017 12:00(HKT) to 05/04/2017 17:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Ms Au Yun Ling by email at or by phone at 39171845 or by fax at 25498495.