Bioethics and international human rights

J Law Med Ethics. 1997 Winter;25(4):295-306, 231. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720x.1997.tb01412.x.


Noting how the spread of medical technology is creating clashes with traditional values and within cultures, the author addresses the clash between Western rights-based incentives, as used by the United Nations to guarantee respect for life and dignity, and communitarian traditions. He proposes a mean between wholesale cultural relativism and international absolutism.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioethical Issues*
  • Bioethics*
  • Communication
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Culture
  • Embryo Research
  • Ethical Relativism*
  • Freedom
  • Human Rights*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Internationality*
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Philosophy
  • Postmodernism
  • Social Justice
  • Social Responsibility
  • Social Values*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement