Paternalism, Children’s Health and Parental Rights | Sept 2022 | Durham

‘Paternalism, Children’s Health and Parental Rights’

12-13 Sept 2022, Durham

This workshop considers the limits of parental rights, the ethics of state interference in the family, and – most importantly – the extent to which children’s own decisions and preferences should contribute to medical decision-making and public health policy.

Partner organisation: Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), Durham University

The workshop will be held in-person and online.

Confirmed speakers

  • Emma Cave, Professor of Healthcare Law, Durham University; Fellow of the Wolfson Institute for Health and Wellbeing.
  • Matthew Clayton, Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Warwick; Convenor of the Children, Education and Philosophy Group.

  • David Archard, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy.
  • Dominic Wilkinson, Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Oxford; Consultant Neonatologist, John Radcliffe Hospital; Director of Medical Ethics, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics; Managing Editor of the Journal of Practical Ethics.

  • Anca Gheaus, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the Central European University in Vienna, Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Philosophy and the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.

  • Ben Davies, Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford.

To express interest in attending the workshop, please email:

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