5-6 Aug 2015: The fourth Islam and Bioethics International Conference, Coimbra, Portugal

the World Association for Medical Law 21st Annual World Congress

Theme: Islam and Bioethics

The fourth Islam and Bioethics International Conference (following Haifa University, 2001, Penn State University, 2006, and Ankara, Turkey 2010) will take place at Coimbra, Portugal, during August 5-6, 2015. The conference will be part of the 21st Annual meeting of the World Congress on Medical Law (WCML) August 2-6, 2015.

Prof. Vardit Rispler-Chaim and Dr. Oren Asman are co-organizers.

Participants and speakers from various disciplines are welcome (medicine, Islamic studies, natural sciences, law, history, sociology, philosophy, etc.). The conference language is English.

Abstract submission deadline is April 2, 2015.
To submit your abstract, please use the link below and follow the instructions:
Notification of acceptance: by April 30, 2015.

Please consult the Congress website (http://wafml.memberlodge.org/event-703110) for guidelines about abstract submission, registration, hotels, etc.

– Participation on the 5-6 August 2015: 300$

The participants of the Islamic Bioethics sessions will be entitled to:
a. Access to all sessions on the 5-6 of August 2015
b. Name badge and bag
c. Coffee breaks during 5-6 of August 2015
d. Gala dinner
The conference website, will be updated as specific information becomes available (Program, CME, registration, etc.) The address is www.thewaml.com.
Suggested Topics

– Methods and sources of justification in Islamic medical ethics.
– Setting bioethical principles in Islamic ethics.
– The physician-patient-family triad in healthcare in Muslim societies.
– Interplay of traditional Islamic teaching and local cultural settings.
– Interplay of traditional Islamic teaching and secular medical ethics; between universal
principles of medical ethics and Islamic ethics.
– Muslim responses to water, climate, and the environment as influencing healthcare.
– Organ trafficking and transplantation.
– Medical tourism.
– The use of contraceptives, for both males and females.
– New reproductive technologies.
– The principle of autonomy in Islamic bioethics.
– Interdisciplinary debates (involving physicians, philosophers, jurists, social scientists,
theologians, others) in multicultural societies, where Muslims are a minority or a
– Attitudes to death, euthanasia, and treating the terminally ill.
– Old age.
– Attitudes to forms of disability- both physical and mental.
– The power and limitations of medical sciences.
– Abortion and ensoulment.
– Aesthetic medical devices.
These are a few suggested topics, but other topics may also be considered.

Members of the International Organizing Committee
Prof. Aref Abu Rabia, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Prof. Berna Arda, Ankara University, Turkey
Dr. Oren Asman Chair of the Education Committee of the World Association for Medical Law (WAML), University of Haifa, Israel
Prof. Agostino Cilardo, University of Naples, Italy
Prof. Ersilia Francesca, University of Naples, Italy
Prof. Nouzha Guessous-Idrissi, Faculty of Medicine, Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco
Prof. Sherine Hamdy, Brown University, USA
Prof. Shai Linn, University of Haifa, Israel
Prof. Farhat Moazam, Chair, Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, SIUT, Karachi, Pakistan
Prof. Aasim Padela, Director, Initiative on Islam & Medicine, University of Chicago, USA
Prof. Vardit Rispler-Chaim, University of Haifa, Israel
Prof. Delfina Serrano, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científica, Spain

Looking forward to a fruitful conference in Coimbra,

Oren Asman (oren.asman@mail.huji.ac.il)
Vardit Rispler-Chaim (varditrc@research.haifa.ac.il)