Research at the auction block: Problems for the fair benefits approach to international research

Hastings Cent Rep. 2010 Jul-Aug;40(4):34-45. doi: 10.1353/hcr.0.0281.


The "fair benefits" approach to international research is designed to produce results that all can agree are fair without taking a stand on divisive questions of justice. But its appealing veneer of collaboration masks ambiguities at both a conceptual and an operational level. An attempt to put it into practice would look a lot like an auction, leaving little reason to think the outcomes will satisfy even minimal conditions of fairness.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / ethics*
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Ethics, Research*
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Social Justice