Bio-Social Transformation? Law in the Genetic Era
Issues of genetics have many policy-related implications. The development of new genetics-based medical treatments, genetic testing and screening, the establishment of genetic data banks, all have impact on fundamental legal questions, such as the equal treatment of individuals, privacy, and access to health care. From these basic concerns a lot of specific questions can be derived, among others, for instance, should life insurance companies be allowed to review the results of genetic tests conducted on potential clients who are applying for policies?
The international workshop projected by Judit Sándor (CPS research fellow and associate professor of the CEU) made an attempt to address these issues in a pluralistic and multidisciplinary approach. With the participation of prominent biologists, medical doctors, lawyers, anthropologists, philosophers, sociologists, theologians, and media experts from the European Union and from the accession countries, a unique opportunity opened up for these experts to share and discuss their views on the complex biological and social impacts of the 'G-day'. We believe the workshop was a valuable contribution to various scientific and political discussions, and it was of interest to lawyers, policy makers, philosophers, and social scientists as well.