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Prof. Ton Liefaard speaks in Strasbourg about children’s rights in the field of biomedicine

On 24-25 October 2017, the Council of Europe organized an international conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention).

The objective of this conference was to analyse the relevance of the Oviedo Convention in light of the developments in the biomedical field for the work of the Committee on Bioethics of the Council of Europe. To that end, the evolution of practices and the scientific and technical developments in the biomedical field were examined, as well as possible challenges raised with a view to identify possible areas for action.

The study, ‘’From Law to Practice: Towards a Roadmap to Strengthen Children’s Rights in the Era of Biomedicine’,’ prepared by Prof. Ton Liefaard (Professor of Children’s Rights , UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights) and Daniella Zlotnik (researcher and lecturer at the child law department) together with Prof. Aart Hendriks (Professor of Health Law) was presented at the conference. It assesses the existing body of international and European legal standards in relation to children in biomedicine, and recommends actions that the Council of Europe could undertake to strengthen the protection of children’s rights in this field. Visit the the website of the Council of Europe for more information.

Prof. Ton Liefaard spoke at the conference about the action(s) to be undertaken at intergovernmental level to address the identified challenges. See this short film in which Prof. Ton Liefaard explains the parameters of the research and the website of the Council of Europe for other short interviews related to the conference.

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