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Bioethics and Basic Rights: Persons, Humans, and Boundaries of Life

Judit Sándor

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199578610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199578610.013.0057

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

Bioethics and Basic Rights: Persons, Humans, and Boundaries of Life

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This article explores the connections between bioethics and basic rights partly by analyzing the basic legal norms of bioethics, and partly by comparing thematic cases from the jurisdictions of the European Court of Human Rights and the US Supreme Court, as well as some cases from other jurisdictions. It focuses on two major lines of thought in contemporary bioethics: the first is concerned with the boundaries of life (e.g., issues of embryo research, assisted reproduction, and end of life decisions) and the second is related to the contemporary exploration of the frontiers of the human body (issues such as the use of human tissues and human DNA for research and other purposes).

Keywords: bioethics; basic rights; human rights; European Court of Human Rights; US Supreme Court; life; human body

Article.  11344 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Comparative Law ; Constitutional and Administrative Law

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