EAHL Conference in Ghent
After long COVID-19 restrictions, we are happy to announce successful conference held in Ghent!
More pictures from the event are available at https://www.healthlaw2022.eu/pictures
At the closing ceremony of the 8th EAHL conference two awards were announced:
- Best abstract for the PhD seminar: Danaja Fabcic Povse, "Are covid certificates a proportionate measure to restrict freedom of movement during the omicron wave?"
- Best poster: Noémi Dubruel and Emmanuelle Rial-Sebbag, "Legal challenges raised by in silico clinical trials: between optimizing access to treatments and safety requirements"
21.04.2022, updated 23.04.2022
EAHL to support online participation of the members from Ukraine
In order to support our colleagues from Ukraine, we have decided to create a live stream from the Conference, so that our Ukrainian colleagues who cannot join us in Ghent, still can follow the high lights of the conference: the opening ceremony and the keynote speeches.
EAHL adopts statement with regard to the situation in Ukraine.
To read the statement, please, click here:
In the beginning of January 2022, the EAHL announced funding for PhD students in order to attend the 8th EAHL Conference in Ghent in 2022. The applications were reviewed by a committee consisting of Prof. Tom Goffin, Prof. Steven Lierman and Dr. Verena Stühlinger. Ten applicants were awarded as scholarship. The three best abstracts were.
Noemi Conditi : Evaluation of the necessity-based model and consent-based model for the processing of biosamples and health data in clinical biobanks
Teodora Lalova: Investigating challenges related to data protection in clinical research during the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a mixed-methods empirical study
Tugce Schmitt : What does it take to create a European Health Data Space? Production, use and re-use of Electronic Health Records data
The following were also awarded scholarship (in alphabetic order):
Edouard Habib - The Evolution of the Right to Health in a Context of Innovation:
The necessary emergence of a right of access to medical innovations
Giulia Bosi – Population mental health: a Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law perspective
Karolina Harasimowicz - Medical Liability and Compensation in Poland vis-avis COVID-19 Pandemic
Karolina Wierzbicka - Financial penalties of the Patients’ Rights Ombudsman for infringement of collective patients’ rights in Poland
Mariya Sharkova - Liability for Healthcare-Associated Infections: between public health and patient safety
Mirko Dukovic - Regulatory Avenues for 3D Bioprinting of Human Tissues
Noemi Conditi - Evaluation of the necessity-based model and consent-based model for the
processing of biosamples and health data in clinical biobanks
Noémie Dubruel - Legal and ethical issues of using digital and data science methods in the development of health products
EAHL Announcement - scholarships for PhD students!
Dear EAHL members,
We are happy to share the information about scholarships for PhD students.
To dead more, please, click here.
To download Presidential letter with the information about next conference, please, click here.
To read or download the announcement of the next conference in pdf, please, click here.
After a too long period of social distancing, webinars, online-conferences and absence of real academic and social events, we are looking forward to see each other from 20 until 22 April 2022 in the lovely city of Ghent, Belgium, one of Europe’s best hidden secrets! It offers a combination of the history offered by Belgium’s Bruges and the vibrant livelihood of Belgium’s Antwerp. Or in other words: the perfect setting to once again meet in person and discuss the future of health law!
One of the most important lessons learned from the COVID-19-crisis is that we need to be able to trust on our healthcare to be patient-centered, effective, safe, efficient, equitable and timely, or in other words that we need to be able to trust on the quality of our healthcare. Health law plays a vital role with regard to quality of healthcare, not only through liability and sanctioning mechanisms when the quality and safety in healthcare was not enough, but also and foremost in creating frameworks through which the quality of healthcare can be guaranteed.
This conference will therefore offer a unique programme of distinguished keynote speakers, workshops and oral and poster presentations on broad scientific issues covering the conference theme: “Quality in healthcare. Can the law help to guarantee safe and reliable care for the patient?” This conference theme will be divided in 4 subthemes:
1. Quality and safety (Right to quality of care; Liability & compensation; Alternative mechanisms
for liability & compensation; Standard of care, …)
2. Quality of healthcare professionals & practices (Recognition, accreditation & certification;
Quality measurement; Inspection mechanisms, deontology & disciplinary sanctions; Free
movement of healthcare professionals, …)
3. Quality and new technology (Artificial Intelligence, Enhancement of healthcare , Personalized
4. Quality of health data governance (Health data governance; Quality of data; Quality of care and
GDPR; Research with health data, …)
It is with great joy and enormous pleasure that we invite you, researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers in health law to present your work on the 8th European Conference on Health Law, “Quality in healthcare. Can the law help to guarantee safe and reliable care for the patient?", from 20-22 April 2022!
Welcome in Ghent!
Prof. dr. Tom Balthazar & Prof. dr. Tom Goffin
Early bird registration and abstract submission before 31 January 2022.
Conference website: www.healthlaw2022.eu
New deadline for early bird registration!
NEW DEADLINE for early bird registration and abstract submission for the 8th European Conference on Health Law in Ghent: 31/01/2022!
News of 2021(click to expand the news)
DATAETHICS Winter School, 24 – 28 January, 2022
5-day course online and virtual collaboration on „HEALTH DATA EMPOWERMENT and ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Ethical dilemmas, advantages and challenges.”
Deadline for Applications: 12:00 Central European Time (CET) on Friday, 17 December 2021
More information at: https://www.dataethics-eurolife.eu/events/dataethics-winter-school-2021/
You will also network with fellow students and thematic experts from the nine leading European institutions in Eurolife.
Digitalization is a key initiative in everyday life, including healthcare. Within this, one of the most promising and disruptive technologies is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has started to play an increasingly important role in daily medical practice. AI agents have already shown that they can match or even outperform human professionals in determining the best treatments for, amongst others, cancer patients. However, as new data science and AI technologies are being developed and tested, concerns have arisen regarding their ethical, societal and legal implications, as well as their susceptibility to errors. These include issues concerning clinical accuracy and safety, transparency, security, accountability, data privacy and fairness. This Winter School will offer a unique set of lectures and activities enabling participants to familiarise themselves with the value chain of ethical, social and legal considerations in the field of biomedical AI solutions.
TARGET GROUP: Bachelor, master and doctoral students in medicine, biomedicine, life sciences and other fields of study related to ethical, legal and social issues in medicine.
Round Table on “Neurotechnologies and human rights”
The Committee on Bioethics is organising jointly with the OECD, a Round Table on “Neurotechnologies and human rights” which will be held on online on 9 November 2021.
Neurotechnologies have many applications in the biomedical fields, but its use is also a current and possible future reality in other fields, including justice.
The possibilities offered by neurotechnologies are potential source of important progress in the health field in particular. But the potential not only to “enter” into what some considered as the last area of “privacy”, i.e. the brain, but also to influence its functioning, raises major human rights challenges in all their fields of application.
From health, to justice and education, this round table may identify avenues for possible action which would need to be addressed to ensure appropriate protection of human rights and be relevant to different areas of work of the Council of Europe.
We kindly invite you to join us at this event completing the registration and would be very grateful if you could share this invitation below with your professional network.
Important updates about the next EAHL conference!
To download the letter from organisers with more details about the conference, please, click here.
WSF2021 is an international scientific conference coordinated by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel.
September 2021 marks the sesquianniversary of much of the world entering into various forms of lockdown or pandemic management as well as the 6th anniversary of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The pandemic has challenged our expectations for the future and has prompted a re-evaluation of the relationships between society, politics and the commercial world. In the 9th World Sustainability Forum, we will consider all aspects of these new and evolving relationships and their impact on sustainability. Although all topics are welcome, we will have major sessions on the topics of Business and Finance, Climate, Health and Medicine, Water and Education.
The 9th World Sustainability Forum will take place from 13 - 15 September 2021. For further details on how to participate, please visit https://wsf-9.sciforum.net/.
We, the chair and the organization team, are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the 9th World Sustainability Forum. Let us grab this opportunity to advance the sustainability agenda!
Dear Member of the EAHL,
Nordic Permed Law is calling for abstracts for a symposium and a special edition in the European Journal of Health Law on human genome editing.
You are most welcome to submit an abstract, and contact the guest editors should you have any questions. Please note that the deadline is Sunday 1 August 2021. Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Nordic Permed Law Symposium and European Journal of Health Law (EJHL) special issue
Nordic Permed Law is seeking original research contributions for a symposium on genome editing on 3-4 November 2021 and a subsequent special issue on Genome Editing, Health innovation, and Responsible Regulation for EJHL.
This special issue will be guest-edited by Santa Slokenberga, Ana Nordberg, and Timo Minssen on behalf of Nordic Permed Law. All contributions will be subject to double-blind peer-review, a review of guest editors, and a final check by the EJHL editorial board.
With the recent breakthroughs in genomics and advances in gene-editing techniques, the question of genome-editing and health innovation has become particularly important in society. New techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 hold considerable potential to enhance personalized medicine. However, their potential and possible applications also bring along complex legal and regulatory questions in the European legal environment, intersecting with ethical and social concerns. How should the law respond to genome editing and health innovation in order to adequately reconcile diverse competing interests at stake and enhance personalized medicine?
We welcome submissions on the European legal perspectives of genome editing in health context and impacts for personalized medicine, including but not limited to topics falling within the following domains:
- Research regulation
- The right to health and transformation of medical care
- Challenges surrounding fundamental concepts in health regulation
- Diversity and vulnerabilities
- Governance of genome editing in both health care and dual-uses of technology
- The management of environmental health concerns posed by gene-editing technology
- Market structures, personal data, and intellectual property rights in genomic medicine
We encourage submissions from both established and early-career legal scholars. Interested authors should provide an abstract of no more than 300 words in Word format and provide the following information: first name/surname, affiliation, the title of the proposed paper, and email address of the corresponding author. We kindly ask you to confirm your availability for the symposium and preference for either a presentation on site in Uppsala, Sweden (if the public health regulations allow for that) or via a digital solution.
Please email your abstract by 1 August 2021 to post@nordicpermedlaw.
Manuscripts should not exceed 9,500 words including footnotes and follow the EJHL author guidelines: https://brill.com/
Santa Slokenberga, Ana Nordberg and Timo Minssen on behalf of the Nordic Permed Law
HOW TO VOTE FOR OUR PROPOSAL
Using your institutional email register at: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/
During the registration process: Use the transparency number of your institution. If your institution does not have one, type “NA” in the box.
You must select UK or an EU member state under “Country”.
The approval of your account can take a few minutes (or up to one day).
Once your account is approved, use this link https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/item/item/40200 to enter the EU Health Policy Platform and vote for our proposal.
Thank you for your support! Only three projects will be selected and will have an impact on the EU Health Policy!
Should our proposal be selected, please come back on the EU Health Policy Platform and contribute to the discussion on our proposal for the evolution and finalization of the joint statement!
The voting ends on 26 July
EAHL full proposal is available on the EC Agora voting page: EAHL_Inclusive Pharmaceutical Strategy for the EU
Call for Applications – PhD Positions in “Health Law – Digitalisation and Innovation”
The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich (MPISOC) is an interdisciplinary institute pursuing research on social questions in an international context. The Institute’s Department of Foreign and International Social Law is now offering PhD positions in “Health Law – Digitalisation and Innovation”. Potential topics include: the legal regulation of digital health devices, data protection and cybersecurity in healthcare, biomedical innovation, artificial intelligence, and personalised medicine. Comparative, transnational, and legal-historical approaches to this field are particularly welcomed. The start date is 1 September 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Please send your application by 31 July 2021 to email@example.com and l
For more details, visit https://www.mpisoc.mpg.de/en/career/vacancies/vacancies-details/job/phd…;
Next EAHL conference - new date!
Due to the coronavirus outbreak many events around the world, including the EAHL conference, have been cancelled or postponed.
The EAHL next conference's organizers have proposed a new date, which was confirmed.
The next EAHL conference to be held on 20-22 April 2022!
Save the date!
INVITATION LETTER – survey on GDPR and eConsent
As an important stakeholder in the field of clinical research, you are invited to take part in an online survey to share your experience on key challenges related to compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to obtaining informed consent prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This academic study is conducted in the context of research at KU Leuven (Belgium). It can be used to inform other projects, such as the IMI-2 consortium Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe (CARE) - a public-private partnership between academia and industry on the development of corona therapeutics. The results will support researchers in being compliant with the GDPR and in understanding the legal and ethical framework in drug development during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey targets: legal teams and data protection officers at research organisations and pharmaceutical companies, investigators/physicians, and ethics committees.
It consists of two parts:
- Part 1. Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation for clinical studies
- Part 2. General aspects related to (electronic) informed consent
At the end of Part 1, you will be asked if you want to participate in a follow-up interview that will explore in more depth the issues related to data protection.
The study was approved by the Ethics Committee Research UZ/KU Leuven
To participate in the survey please click on the following link: https://kuleuven.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_263MU2PYqS43gfY
If you know other experts who may be interested in this subject, please feel free to share the link to the survey with them.
In case of any questions or if you experience problems during the survey, you can contact Teodora Lalova
Thank you very much in advance for your participation!
Calling for Global Vaccine Equity
Erasmus Health Law Event
29 April 2021, 16:30 CET
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global catastrophe that has led to colossal loss of lives and livelihoods. Its impact in low-income countries is particularly severe and pre-existing inequities are further exacerbated.
Vaccination is a crucial tool in halting the pandemic. With many western countries already rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, low-income countries are largely depending on international donors such as the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative. This joint initiative is generally considered as a global solution to realize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all. Although COVAX is underway to deliver vaccines to low-income countries, so far, inequity in global access to covid-19 vaccines is causing needless deaths, and prolonging the pandemic and viral transmission that fosters variants which undermine vaccine efficacy.
On various occasions global leaders, human rights organisations and scholars remind States of their obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in relation to universal access and affordability of vaccines for COVID-19, in particular in relation to international cooperation and intellectual property. They have urged States to share vaccine knowledge and expand global capacity for vaccine production.
During this seminar several speakers will respond to the plea for a more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
- Dr. Ellen ‘t Hoen, researcher at the University Medical Centre at the University of Groningen
- Dr Yuan Hu, Senior Legal & Policy Advisor Médecins Sans Frontières (Geneva)
- Isabel de la Mata Barranco, Principal Advisor for Health and Crisis Management, European Commission
- Prof. dr. Ole Norheim (Bergen University, department Global Health Ethics)
The event is hosted by Erasmus School of Law, Health Law Group
Free access (Zoom): https://eur-nl.zoom.us/j/93616371111
The webinar on vaccination passports in the form of “digital green certificates” in order to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens of one Member State to and in other EU Member States has been held successfully.
The presentations can be found on our website at https://eahl.eu/reports/webinar-covid
The European Commission has launched its plan to introduce vaccination passports in the form of “digital green certificates” in order to facilitate the safe free movement of citizens of one Member State to and in other EU Member States. The certificate will serve as a digital proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from COVID-19 or has a negative test result. The introduction of these vaccination passports poses many questions, specially with regard to the necessary legal framework and its legal consequences. The European Association of Health Law has therefore taken the initiative to organize a free webinar on COVID-19 and vaccination passports. During this webinar several health lawyers will give their expert opinion on this topic during brief presentations and a closing debate.
Tom Goffin, Judit Sandor, André den Exter, Maria Sharkova and Mahsa Shabani
The webinar will be held on Zoom Thursday 25 March at 5:30 (Central European Time).
The Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich is an interdisciplinary research institute engaging with a broad range of topics in the field of foreign and international social law. Our Institute is now offering several PhD positions in “Digital Health – Digitalisation in Health Law”. Possible topics include data protection and cybersecurity in healthcare, personalised medicine, and legal regulation of digital health.
Candidates should have knowledge in digital law and/or international comparative law, as well as good language skills in English and German. Please send your application until March 15th, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Your application should include a CV, a list of publications, a short project outline (5 pages max.), and copies of your certificates/qualifications.
For more details, please, click here.
News of 2020 (click to expand the news)
The EAHL PhD seminar gathered more than 20 young scholar over two days.
Thanks to all participants for sharing their ideas, and it seems like a bright future for European Health Law.
More information about the seminar (including abstracts) will be a part of the next newsletter.
International conference Responses to COVID crisis in Central and Eastern European Countries – New Frontiers of Health Law
International conference Responses to COVID crisis in Central and Eastern European Countries – New Frontiers of Health Law, organized by the Institute of Social Sciences – Centre for Legal Research, in partnership with Erasmus University in Rotterdam – Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, University in Maribor – Faculty of Law and Association of Lawyers for Medical and Health Law of Serbia (SUPRAM) to be held on March 18th and 19th, 2021.
PhD seminar - announcement.
Dear EAHL members,
It is planned to organize a physical seminar for PhD students writing a thesis in health law on 9-10 December 2020 in Brussels.
In order to support young researchers some financial grants for their participation will be made.
In case physical meeting will be impossible considering the outbreak situation, we will organize online event.
More details to be provided by September 2020 and a call for abstracts will be announced.
So, follow us on our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts for the updates.
Dates of the next EAHL conference have been announced!
The dates of the next EAHL conference have been announced today. So, the 8th EAHL conference in Ghent, Belgium will be organised on 22-24 September 2021.
The conference official website is planned to be open in September.
More details on conference scientific committee, topic, events etc. will be published soon.
EAHL extends its partnership channels!
The cooperation agreement has been signed between the EAHL and 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2020). Thus, the EAHL became partnering society to the WSF2020.
8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2020) will be held from 14 to 19 September 2020 during the 1st World Sustainability Week in Geneva, Switzerland to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the UN SDGs: https://wsf-8.sciforum.net/
WSF2020 is an international scientific conference coordinated by MDPI, partially sponsored by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).
With this event, WSF2020 hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. WSF2020 quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit.
20% discount from the registration fees will be granted to the EAHL members wanting to attend the WSF2020.
The next EAHL conference venue has been announced!
EAHL is happy to announce that the venue for the next conference in 2021 will be Ghent, Belgium.
The Board has made the decision based on criteria approved by the General Assembly in Toulouse 2019 EAHL conference. For more details about the application procedure, please, click here https://eahl.eu/reports/criteria-obtain-sponsorship-eahl-health-law-activities-0
More details about the conference and venue to follow!
New medical law books - discounts for EAHL members! Details here: https://eahl.eu/recent-publications
Please, visit https://eahl.eu/earlier-news page to access earlier news that was shared by the EAHL.