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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008:
New Directions in Biolaw and Bioethics

Monday 30 March 2009 @ Keele University

(Salvin Room, Keele Hall; 10.30 am - 5.30 pm)

Following a lengthy review and consultation process the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act finally received Royal Assent on 14 November 2008.  The new legislation makes important changes to the law governing issues such as reproductive cloning, the creation of hybrid embryos for use in research, the circumstances in which ‘saviour siblings’ may be created, and how parenthood is defined.

This CentreLGS workshop aims to provide an informed analysis of some of the key and most controversial features of the new legislation, focusing particularly on provisions governing the use and manipulation of embryos for research and reproductive purposes and revisions to definitions and understandings of legal parenthood. Leading commentators will explore these topics in the light of concepts and tropes underpinning the legislation, including reproductive choice and autonomy, dignity, human rights, the natural/unnatural dichotomy. In addition to constructive critique of the new provisions, the workshop will also provide a platform from which to consider directions for future academic research on the governance of reproductive technologies.


  • Charlotte Augst, Policy Manager HFEA, UK
  • Simone Bateman (Novaes) Centre de Recherche Sens, Ethique, Société (CERSES), Paris, France
  • Emily Jackson, Professor of Law, London School of Economics, and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, UK
  • Caroline Jones,Lecturer in law, University of Southampton, UK
  • Julie McCandless, Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  • Derek Morgan, Professor of Medical Law & Jurisprudence, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Jackie Leach Scully, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Sally Sheldon, Professor, University of Kent, UK
  • Stephen Wilkinson, Professor of Bioethics, University of Keele, UK
  • Aleardo Zanghellini, Lecturer in Law, Marquarie University, Sydney, Australia

For further information about this workshop, please contact Marie Fox (

For registration, payment or other administrative queries, or if you a legal or health care professional interested in claiming CPD points, please contact Helen Farrell (

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Please return the completed form to: Helen Farrell, RI Law, Politics and Justice, CM1.12 Moser Research Centre, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG.

  • Tel:  01782 733641 
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