General information

Module title European Bioethics And Biolaw
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Michał Urbańczyk
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of Law and Administration
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 10-EBB-w-Erasm


Module aim (aims)

The aim of the lecture is to provide knowledge about contemporary bioethical problems and legal reguvations of these issues.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



1. Introduction - Basic ethical principles in European bioethics and biolaw.

2. Selected issues - Patients’ Rights.

3. Selected issues - status of the human body and transplantation.

4. Selected issues - genetics and research on humans

5. Selected issues - abortion and assisted procreation.

6. Selected issues - assisted suicide and euthanasia

7. Council of Europe and the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

8. EU competences relating to bioethics.

9. EU institutions involved in bioethics.

10. EU legislation and other measures.

11. Comparative studies - United States experience and Supreme Court jurisprudence

Reading list

Häyry M., Critical Studies in Philosophical Medical Ethics
Häyry M., Playing God
Häyry M., Scratching the Surface of Bioethics
Kaczor Ch., The Edge of Life. Human Dignity and Contemporary Bioethics
Mitchell C.B., Biotechnology and the Human Good
Mazzoni C. M., Ethics and Law in Biological Research