'Controversy about medical research is rarely out of the news. This book covers the law and ethics touching on a broad range of different kinds of research, from embryo research to research of the dead, and offers a comparative and multinational insight into the regulation of medical and scientific advances. Health professionals, lawyers, ethicists and indeed, research subjects will learn a great deal from this work.' Professor Margaret Brazier, University of Manchester The growing globalisation of medical research and the application of new biotechnologies in morally contested areas has forced a revision of international ethical guidelines. This book examines the controversies surrounding biomedical research in the twenty first century from a human rights perspective, analysing the evolution and changes in form and content of international instruments regulating the conduct of biomedical research. The approach adopted is comparative and includes an evaluation of human rights and UK and US law on embryonic stem cell research, the HIV/Aids trials in the developing world, the Alder Hey enquiry and the human radiation and nerve gas experiments on human subjects in the US and the UK.
This is the first book to analyse some of the major issues in biomedical research today from an international, comparative human rights perspective.
'The book is a rich exploration of a complex set of questions, and it provides an important, fertile context for the asking ethical questions in the globalization of medical research.' - K. W. Wildes, Human Rights Review, vol. 9 no. 1 (2008)
'...this is a worthy and stimulating read which draws profitably from the author's legal and philosophical experience, and it represents a useful tool for anyone who is interested in human subject research, bioethics and emerging biolaw.' - Shawn H.E. Harmon, Script-ed, vol. 4 no. 2 (2007)
'...there are two reasons why the book should have appeal to anyone interested in this area of law and ethics. First, it provides an articulate and interesting discussion of the main legal and ethical developments in this area and so will be a valuable resource. Secondly, regardless of whether you agree with Plomer's approach or all of her arguments, the book should stimulate thought and debate.' - Alasdair Maclean, Medical Law Review, Vol. 14 no. 2 (2006)