New Organizations Focus on Ethics Education and Bioethics
Duquesne University is housing two important new organizations: the International Association for Education in Ethics (IAEE) and Bioethics Beyond Borders (BBB). Dr. Henk ten Have, director and professor of Duquesne’s Center for Healthcare Ethics, is serving as the inaugural secretary for both organizations.
The IAEE, an association for scholars interested and involved in ethics education, is designed to foster exchanges of experiences from ethics experts from around the world. In addition, the IAEE will host international conferences; share and study examples of the teaching ethics in various educational settings; promote methods of ethics education; and serve as a global center of contact for experts in the field. The IAEE’s first international conference is slated for May 2012.
A non-governmental organization, the BBB brings together bioethics experts from developing and established countries with the mission to identify cases, problems and issues—primarily in the developing world—that require bioethical expertise. BBB experts will address these issues, with the potential of public debate, professional responses and, if necessary, remedial action as well as appropriate measures and policies.
A renowned bioethicist and physician, ten Have most recently served as director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Division of Ethics of Science and Technology. His research focuses on ethical issues in end-of-life care but he also is involved in public debates concerning palliative care, euthanasia, drug addition, genetics, choices in health care and resource allocation, as well as global bioethics. Ten Have is editor in chief of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, and was co-founder and secretary of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care.