Policy & Ethics

New Review Paper on “Biosecurity Policy Measures at the International, Regional and Local Levels”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the eighth paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects of Biosecurity. The paper by James Revill  presents the variety of policy measures relevant to biosecurity at different levels. It summarises some of the key components of the biosecurity governance architecture. The paper continues to outline international governance measures before looking at regional initiatives and then concluding with some examples of national measures to support biosecurity.

New Review Paper on “Moral Obligations for Synthetic Biology Research”

In the "Libraries" section it is available the seventh paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects of Biosecurity. The paper, by Stefan Eriksson from the Center of Research Ethics and Bioethics of the University of Uppsala, discusses ethical aspects arising from synthetic biology, with specific regard to the dual use issue. It also discusses different types of moral obligations that may apply to synthetic biology – but not necessarily raising the need for novel frameworks.

New Review Paper on “The Philosophical Debate on Human Enhancement”

In the "Libraries" section it is available the sixth paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects. The paper, by Maurizio Balistreri from University of Torino in Italy presents the philosophical and ethical debate on the questions of enhancement of human nature and performance, thanks to developments in biotechnology and science.

Dual Use Ethics, is More Better?

By James Revill Ethical training represents a valuable and prevalent vehicle through which to engage scientists with dual use issues in university life science curricula. However, perhaps there is a need for caution in our expectations of ‘ethics’.  Indeed, ethics is not a monolithic concept; rather there are a number of different ethical perspectives and frameworks that can be applied generate vastly differing ‘ethical’ responses and solutions to the same problem. For example, at the academic level, much of the work done on bioethics is consistently supportive of the broader objectives of preventing the hostile exploitation of the life sciences and branding the development, production and use of biological weapons as the behaviour of a pariah, not ...

New Review Paper on “Private Sector and Codes”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the fifth Paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security. The paper deals with examples of codes of conduct and practice on biosecurity and dual use issues, including some from the private sector. More information and the link to download the paper are available here

New Review Paper on “BW and the BWC: Bioethics and Dual Use”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the fourth Paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security. The paper deals with bioethical issues related with the “dual use” dilemma. More information and the link to download the paper are available here

New Review Paper on “BW and the BWC: History of the Prohibition Regime”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the third Paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security. The paper deals with the history of the prevention regime of the misuse of life sciences and biotechnologies. In particular it addresses the International treaties. More information and the link to download the paper are available here

New Review Paper on “BW and the BWC: History of Misuse and Assimilation into the Security Apparatus”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the second Paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security. The paper deals with the history of misuse of life sciences and with the assimilation of biological weapons into security and military apparatus. More information and the link to download the paper are available here

New Review Paper on “BW and the BWC: the Spectrum of Risks and Measures”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the first Paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security. The paper deals with Biological Weapons and the Biological Weapons Convention, and in particular with the spectrum of risks and of preventive measures available. More information and the link to download the paper are available here

Article in Medicine, Conflict and Survival

An article on “Lessons learned from implementing education on dual use in Austria, Italy, Pakistan and Sweden” has been published on 20 March 2012 in a special issue of “Medicine Conflict and Survival” devoted to the issue of biological security in occasion of the Seventh Review Conference of the BTWC. Authors include the EUBARnet experts James Revill, M. Daniela Candia Carnevali and Giulio Maria Mancini. The article is accessibile from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13623699.2012.658624. The abstract is reported below. This paper provides insights into the achievements and challenges of implementing education on dual-use in four countries: Austria, Italy, Pakistan and Sweden. It draws attention to the different institutional mechanisms through which dual-use education may be introduced into academic curricula and some of the ...