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Posted on October 24, 2019 at 9:51 PM

We had a good crowd for “Legal Update 2019: Top 10 Legal Developments in Bioethics and Public Health” at ASBH 2019 this afternoon. I posted my slides here.

Each year brings with it important legal developments related to bioethics. This panel will discuss the latest legal trends of significance for ASBH members. This annual panel has been a well-attended and popular session. 

This year’s panel will be interdisciplinary and diverse—both in terms of topics covered under the “law” theme, and in terms of the speakers’ geographic regions, areas of expertise, and institutional affiliations. 

In keeping with the conference theme, this year, the panelists will address legal developments in areas with a range of bioethical concern in a changing landscape of judicial, legislative, and administrative developments through decisions and actions in bioethics-related law and will suggest ways to adapt (resilience) and how to move forward. 
Relevant recent legal developments will include those affecting individuals, health professionals, and populations at the state, federal, and international level. Panelists will cover thematic areas of interest to the diverse ASBH audience and within their expertise, representing a breadth of key areas in law and bioethics. 

Major legal developments addressed include: 

• Reproduction, assisted reproductive technologies, genomics, and issues concerning vulnerable populations, e.g., individuals with disabilities (Panelist 1)

• Brain death (including unilateral withdrawal of somatic support), futility, and informed consent/unwanted medical treatment (Panelist 2) 

• Aid-in-dying/physician-assisted suicide and withdrawal and withholding of life-sustaining treatment (including DNR and POLST orders) (Panelist 3) 

• Public health law, government regulation of behavior, and research ethics (Panelist 4) 

All ASBH attendees are invited to discuss these emerging legal trends.

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