Human Rights in Healthcare




Normative criteria to facilitate autonomy universally

Menschenrechte in der Medizin

The Emerging Fields Project "Human Rights in Healthcare" focuses on highly relevant issues in the intersection of human rights, medicine and medical ethics. Based on the assumption that in order to be able to lead autonomous lives and take autonomous decisions concerning far-reaching health questions, human beings often need facilitating structures; the project deals with conflicting claims to receive such support for personal autonomy in health care. The general purpose is to better understand the implicit criteria which guide decisions taken in clinical practice and to develop normative criteria based on human rights and medical ethics. Practical examples which will be studied intensively include issues of dialysis, transplantation, new conflicts arising from international patient mobility, "health literacy" education, contributions to "health-empowerment" of vulnerable groups in developing countries and end-of-life-questions. Beyond raising public awareness on complicated and important issues, the aspiration is to provide practical orientation based on ethical principles, internationally binding human rights' norms and professional experience in the field. The project develops an intensive cooperation between researchers from different disciplines, including medicine, human rights, ethics, law, philosophy, social sciences, political science and literature studies.






Frewer, A./Bielefeldt, H. (Hrsg.) (2016)

Das Menschenrecht auf Gesundheit

Normative Grundlagen und aktuelle Diskurse

Menschenrechte in der Medizin/Human Rights in Healthcare, Band/Vol. 1,
2016. 278 Seiten