Global Legal Epidemiology:  developing a science around whether, when and how international law can address global challenges

Oct 2018

Introducing a pioneering approach to ‘global legal epidemiology’, Professor Steven Hoffman, Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow, will discuss legal mechanisms available for coordinating international responses to transnational problems, their prospects, and
their challenges. Global legal epidemiology is the scientific study of international law as a factor in the cause, distribution, and promotion of outcomes around the world. It involves evaluating the effectiveness of international legal mechanisms
on the basis of their quantifiable effects and drawing implications for the development of future treaties.

Prof Hoffman will draw on examples from public health, including tobacco control and antimicrobial resistance, identifying wider lessons for potential international treaties in other domains such as the environment, human rights and trade.



Human Brain Organoids: the Science, the Ethics

On 1 June 2018, the International Neuroethics Society (INS) and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford co-hosted
a symposium on human brain organoids. Neuroscientists, clinicians, lawyers and philosophers gathered to hear lectures given by Madeline Lancaster, Julian Savulescu, and INS President Hank Greely.  The lectures were followed by invigorating
discussion and debate on the science and the ethics associated with this new technology. You can find videos of the lectures below and an accompanying summary of the
issues discussed on the INS website. 


2016 Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Lecture in Practical Ethics

Ignatieff, M., (2016), 'Human Rights, Global Ethics and the Ordinary Virtues', Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Lecture in Practical Ethics.  (27 October).    


Savulescu, J. et al., (2016), 'DNA Manipulation Debate', Oxford Union (July)

Sparrow, R. and Savulescu, J., (2016), 'Should doping in sports be unrestricted? A video head-to-head.' Interviewed by Regan Penaluna
for 'Nautilus'. (25 August)

Wilkinson, D., (2016), Interview on HFEA decision to approve 'three-person baby’ mitochondrial transfer in UK, Al Jazeera English news channel (15 December 2016).

Hyman, S., (2015). 2015 Loebel Lecture (1/3): Neurobiological materialism collides with the experience of being human. (3 November)

Hyman, S., (2015). 2015 Loebel Lecture (2/3): Science is quietly, inexorably eroding many core assumptions underlying psychiatry. (4 November)

Hyman, S., (2015). 2015 Loebel Lecture (3/3): What is the upshot? (5 November)

Parfit, D., (2015). 'Effective Altruism'. Oxford Union (17 June)

Radcliffe Richards, J., (2015), 'Noble Ancestors and Modern Selves'. This video debate, produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas,
looks at whether we ought to look at hunter-gatherer societies as ideal models of the good life. On the panel, as well as Janet, are explorer and documentary maker Bruce Parry; anthropologist Daniel Everett and bio-ethicist Dr. Sarah Chan. Throughout
the debate, the panellists discuss why we are fascinated by hunter-gather societies as models of "the good life" and whether there is any plausibility in this conception.  

Savulescu, J., (2015), YouTube: Online video on ethics of mitochondrial transfer (2 February)  


2014 Loebel Lectures in Philosophy and Psychiatry:  Professor Kenneth S Kendler

Lecture 1 of 2:The Genetic Epidemiology of Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorders: Multiple Levels, Interactions and Causal Loops

Lecture 2 of 2: The Dappled Causal World of Psychiatric Disorders: The Link Between the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders and Their Causal Complexity

Persson, I., (2014), Video: Ingmar Persson on 'moral enhancement', recorded at 'Zukunftkongresse' ('Future Congress') in Wolfsburg, Germany.  Professor Ingmar Persson discusses themes from 'Unfit for the Future'. (17 June). Watch video on
href="">2bAHEAD ThinkTank website.

Radcliffe Richards, J., (2014), 'After Evolution: Is culture beyond genetics?', Everything from criminality to love of gossip is in our genes according to some biologists.
Yet behaviour varies dramatically between cultures. Does this cultural variation mean that the theory of evolution is flawed? Can it be rescued with a new theory or is culture beyond genetics?   Janet joined anthropologist Daniel Everett
and evolutionary psychologist Oliver Curry to explore the limits of evolution.  Recorded at the HowTheLightGetsIn ideas festival and hosted by Julian Baggini. (May). The Institute of Art and Ideas

Savulescu, J., (2013). The Need for Moral Enhancement, TEDxBarcelona,  (May) Video

Savulescu, J., (2013), Televised debate (Belgrade) between Savulescu and John Harris on human enhancement technologies on 15 May (in English)

Savulescu, J., (2013), Televised debate (Belgrade) on RTS on 14 May with Peter Singer on human enhancement technologies (in

Sandberg, A, (2012), Interview for 'The What If Machine'. Available on GameSpot and
YouTube, Anders comments ethical and practical issues of engineering 'super-soldiers' by genetically modifying humans.

Earp, B., (2013). The Ethics of Male Circumcision, Uehiro Seminar in Practical Ethics, Oxford (7 June) Audio  | 


2012 Uehiro Lectures

14 November 2012, Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards, Oxford Uehiro Lectures 2012: Sex in a Shifting Landscape Lecture One, (Merton College, Oxford)

21 November 2012, Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards, Oxford Uehiro Lectures 2012: Sex in a Shifting Landscape Lecture Two, (Merton College, Oxford)

28 November 2012, Professor Janet Radcliffe Richards, Oxford Uehiro Lectures 2012: Sex in a Shifting Landscape Lecture Three, (Merton College, Oxford)

16 March 2011, 'Relaxing the Ban on Doping'. Keynote speech at ‘Human enhancement - biotechnology in sports’ Conference organized by The Norwegian Biotechnology
Advisory Board in collaboration with Anti-Doping Norway. The primary focus of the conference was the use of gene doping, and the use of genetic screening for traits that are beneficial for sports athletes and it was for held for the benefit of
athletes, scientists, trainers and the general public. Oslo, Norway

22 February 2010, Julian Savulescu presented at the 2nd St Cross Special Ethics Seminar at St Cross College in Oxford. The presentation, 'Unfit For Life: Genetically Enhance Humanity or Face Extinction',
was devised by Professor Savulescu and Professor Ingmar Persson of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

13 October 2009, Julian Savulescu - appears on 'Insight' (Australian broadcast t.v. programme), discussing genetic testing for various diseases and what people do with the information, involving various ethical and moral dilemmas.

4 October 2009, Julian Savulescu - 'Unfit For Life: Genetically Enhance Humanity or Face Extinction' presented at the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas

8 July 2009,Julian Savulescu on 'I want to be a Superhero', True Tube (educational videos online) videocast on human enhancement

26 June 2009, Julian Savulescu on 'Fitter, Faster, Future', True Tube (educational videos online) videocast on drugs in sport.

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