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Defining a new political contract for the EU

The EU is faced with the challenges of fashioning practices and institutions that reconcile the conflicting demands on political representatives from their international partners and their domestic constituents. This has been particularly manifest in the eurozone recently, but it reflects a deeper challenge which also concerns non euro-area members such as the UK.
Prof Albert Weale (UCL SPP)
19 March 2015 More...

Starts: Mar 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France.
Professor Cécile Laborde
26 February 2015 More...

Starts: Feb 26, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Britain and EU reform

Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform.
Professor Piet Eeckhout
20 January 2015 More...

Starts: Jan 20, 2015 12:00:00 AM

European Ethical Pluralism and the Challenge of Bioethics

Publication date: Dec 20, 2012 10:29 AM

Start: Sep 07, 2012 05:00 PM
End: Oct 24, 2012 06:00 PM

24 October 2012, 5.30pm

When
24 Oct 2012, 5.30pm

Venue:
Residence of the Belgian Ambassador
36 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8QB

Admission strictly by registration only. For RSVP details see below.

Bioethics

Organised in the framework of the Ambassador's "Belgian Salon" Series

Stem-cell research, GM crops, animal cloning are just a few topics among an increasing set of ethically controversial issues addressed by policy-makers in all economically developed societies. Advisory bodies at both the national and European level play an important role in thinking about and deliberating on the complex questions involved. Different models of public reasoning and decision–making are found in different national bioethical committees. Some strive to find a consensus in the midst of ethical pluralism; others see their task as merely to reflect that pluralism.

The discussion is aimed at examining the challenges that ethical pluralism poses for policy making, particularly in the field of regulation. Disunity is bad, but does that mean that pluralism is good? Policies are better when they are the products of dialogue and debate, but what if no consensus emerges? What does it mean for regulation in the European Single Market, if some societies take one position on ethically controversial questions and other societies take a different view? Can there be a European deliberative process that would adequately take into account whatever differences in sensitivities exist at the national and even sub-national levels? 

These are just a few questions that will be discussed at the Belgian Salon, jointly organized by the Embassy of Belgium and the European Institute at University College London. Prominent speakers will introduce the debate that promises to be lively and thought provoking.

Programme

5.30pm
Arrival
5.40pm
Welcome by Ambassador Verbeke
5.45pm
Dr Albert Weale, Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, UCL, London
  Dr Paul Schotsmans, President of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Louvain, Belgium
  Dr Inez de Beaufort, Professor in Health Care Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
6.15pm
Debate
7.00pm
Reception

The “Belgian Salons” are a series of events organized by the Belgian Embassy in London addressing issues of common interest in an innovative and critical perspective.

Registration

To book your place, please RSVP Ann Willems

RSVP: 020 7470 3720  Email: ann.willems@diplobel.fed.be


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