Global Bioethics

Dr. Henk ten Have

Bioethics today is more and more a global enterprise. Not only challenges and problems are crossing borders (for example medical tourism, brain drain, international research, health disparities, marginalization of vulnerable populations, and climate change) but also approaches and solutions require international cooperation. The recent Ebola epidemic is a good example of the need for global governance. This raises the question about the ethical framework and ethical methodologies for global bioethics. This long-term area of research is focused on examining the development of healthcare ethics into global bioethics, exploring not only the conceptual and methodological challenges of the globalization of bioethics, but also analyzing and clarifying the many new issues and problems that arise within a global perspective.


Henk A.M.J. ten Have and Bert Gordijn (eds.) (2013): Handbook of Global Bioethics. Springer Publishers, Dordrecht, 4 volumes, 1650 pages, ISBN 978-94-007-2511-9.

Henk ten Have (2013): Global bioethics: Transnational experiences and impacts on Islamic bioethics. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 48(3): 600-617.

Henk ten Have: Vulnerability as the antidote to neoliberalism in bioethics. Revista Redbioetica/UNESCO 2014; 5 (1); no.9: 87-92.

Henk ten Have: The principle of vulnerability in the UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. In: Joseph Tham, Alberto Garcia and Gonzalo Miranda (eds.): Religious perspectives on Human Vulnerability in Bioethics. Springer: Dordrecht, 2014: 15-28.

Henk ten Have: The right to know and not to know in the era of neoliberal biopolitics and bioeconomy. In Ruth Chadwick, Mairi Levitt and Darren Shickle (eds): The right to know and the right not to know. Genetic privacy and responsibility. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 2014: 133-150.

Henk ten Have: Vulnerability - A challenge to contemporary bioethics. In: Dora Porter, Bruno Schlemper, Gerson Zafalon Martins, Thiago Cunha and Fernando Hellmann (eds): Bioetica: Saude, Pesquisa, Educaçao. Conselho Federal de Medicina/Sociedade Brasileira de Bioetica: Brasilia, 2014, volume 1: 39-50.


Henk ten Have: "From biomedical ethics to global bioethics." Invited presentation at Virginia Wesleyan College, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Norfolk, USA, 20 February 2014.

Henk ten Have: "Responsible conduct of research." 9th ORPHEUS Conference: Creating career opportunities for PhDs in life and health sciences. Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 April 2014.

Henk ten Have: "Research ethics from a global perspective." Day of Bioethics. Medical University Pleven, Faculty of Public Health, Pleven, Bulgaria, 8 April 2014.

Henk ten Have: "Vulnerability - Challenges to bioethics in a global context." Invited lecture. Distinguished Lecture Series, Creighton University Medical Centre, Omaha, 16 April 2014.

Henk ten Have: "The principle of vulnerability in present-day global bioethics." Keynote lecture, Second International Conference on Ethics Education, Ankara University, School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey, 21 May 2014.

Henk ten Have: "Organ trade within the scope of global bioethics." Presentation in National Conference on Organ Transplantation, Brain Death and Ethics. Ministry of Health and Celal Haydan University, Manisa, Turkey, 28 May 2014.

Henk ten Have: "Organ trade within the scope of global bioethics." Presentation in European project Technical Assistance for Alignment in Organ Donation, 1st International Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 30 May 2014.

Henk ten Have: "From biomedical ethics to global bioethics." The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Trinity International University, Deerfield, USA, 20 June 2014.

Henk ten Have: "Global bioethics. Possibilities and impossibilities." Invited presentation at the Canadian Bioethics Society. Winnipeg, Canada, 28 May 2015.

Current projects:

Henk ten Have: Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. The multi-volume Encyclopedia will have more than 400 entries covering the scope and domain of global bioethics. It will be published in 2016 by Springer Publishers. See:

Henk ten Have: Editor of the book series Advancing Global Bioethics, published by Springer. Four volumes have been published until now:

Henk ten Have is working on a book manuscript Global Bioethics elaborating the concept, methodology and domain of this new area of bioethics.