Book Launch: Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics

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 April 14, 2020 , 12:00 PM
 Lectures and Panels
 Harvard Law School

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Event Description

In March 2020, Cambridge University Press will publish Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics. This volume, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar, Anita Silvers, and Michael Ashley Stein, stems from the Petrie-Flom Center’s 2018 annual conference, which aimed to construct a twenty-first century conception of disablement that resolves the tension about whether being disabled is merely neutral or must be bad, examined and articulated the clinical, philosophical, and practical implications of that determination, and attempted to integrate these conclusions into medical and legal practices.

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School 2018 annual conference was organized in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.

About the Book

Historically and across societies people with disabilities have been stigmatized and excluded from social opportunities on a variety of culturally specific grounds. In this collection, the authors explore the impact that the philosophical framing of disability can have on public policy questions, in the clinic, in the courtroom, and elsewhere. They examine the implications of this understanding for legal and policy approaches to disability, strategies for allocating and accessing health care, the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, health care rights, and other legal tools designed to address discrimination. This volume should be read by anyone seeking a balanced view of disability and an understanding of the connection between the framing of disability and policies that have a real-world impact on individuals.

Learn more and order the book now!

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  • Chapter author Omar Sultan Haque, faculty member in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit

  • Co-editor Carmel ShacharExecutive Director, Petrie-Flom Center

  • Co-editor and chapter author Michael Ashley Steinco-founder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School

  • Respondent: Ari Ne'eman, PhD Candidate in Health Policy, Harvard University, and founder, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

  • Moderator: Co-editor I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center