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New Technologies and Human Rights

Edited by: Therese Murphy

ISBN13: 9780199562572
Published: January 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £56.00

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The first IVF baby was born in the 1970s. Less than 20 years later, we had cloning and GM food, and information and communication technologies had transformed everyday life. In 2000, the human genome was sequenced. More recently, there has been much discussion of the economic and social benefits of nanotechnology, and synthetic biology has also been generating controversy.

This important volume is a timely contribution to increasing calls for regulation - or better regulation - of these and other new technologies. Drawing on an international team of legal scholars, it reviews and develops the role of human rights in the regulation of new technologies. Three controversies at the intersection between human rights and new technology are given particular attention.

First, how the expansive application of human rights could contribute to the creation of a brave new world of choice, where human dignity is fundamentally compromised; second, how new technologies, and our regulatory responses to them, could be a threat to human rights; and, third, how human rights could be used to create better regulation of these technologies.

  • A topical subject in light of the proliferation of new technologies, commented on here by leading experts in the field.
  • A timely addition to the field of human rights law.
  • Written to be accesible to the diverse range of disciplines interested in this area, so beyond the primary legal audience this will also appeal to bioethicists and scientists

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction , Therese Murphy
2. Human Dignity, Ethical Pluralism, and the Regulation of Modern Biotechnologies , Roger Brownsword
3. Regulating Human Genetics in a Neo-Genetic Era , Han Somsen
4. Constitutional Patriotism and the Right to Privacy: A Comparison of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights , Francesca Bignami
5. New Technologies, the Precautionary Principle and Public Participation , Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
6. Adding Texture: Law, Ethnography and Reproductive Technologies , Thérèse Murphy
7. The International Law of Genetic Discrimination: The Power of 'Never Again' , Iulia Voina Motoc
8. Individual Human Rights in Genetic Research: Blurring the Line between Individual and Collective Interests, Hélène Boussard ;