New Technologies and Human Rights

Hardcover | August 2, 2009

EditorTherese Murphy

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The first IVF baby was born in the 1970s. Less than 20 years later, we had cloning and GM food, and information and communication technologies had transformed everyday life. In 2000, the human genome was sequenced. More recently, there has been much discussion of the economic and socialbenefits of nanotechnology, and synthetic biology has also been generating controversy. This important volume is a timely contribution to increasing calls for regulation - or better regulation - of these and other new technologies. Drawing on an international team of legal scholars, it reviews and develops the role of human rights in the regulation of new technologies. Threecontroversies at the intersection between human rights and new technology are given particular attention. First, how the expansive application of human rights could contribute to the creation of a brave new world of choice, where human dignity is fundamentally compromised; second, how newtechnologies, and our regulatory responses to them, could be a threat to human rights; and, third, how human rights could be used to create better regulation of these technologies.

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The first IVF baby was born in the 1970s. Less than 20 years later, we had cloning and GM food, and information and communication technologies had transformed everyday life. In 2000, the human genome was sequenced. More recently, there has been much discussion of the economic and socialbenefits of nanotechnology, and synthetic biology ...

Therese Murphy is Professor of Law and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of Civil Liberties Law: The Human Rights Act Era (OUP, 2001) with Stephen Livingstone and Noel Whitty. She is on the editorial board of the Human Rights Law Review, and is a member of the expert team that provides thematic and ann...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199562571

ISBN - 13:9780199562572

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1. Therese Murphy: Repetition, Revolution, and Resonance: An Introduction to New Technologies and Human Rights2. Roger Brownsword: Human Dignity, Ethical Pluralism, and the Regulation of Modern Biotechnologies3. Han Somsen: Regulating Human Genetics in a Neo-Eugenic Era4. Francesca Bignami: Constitutional Patriotism and the Right to Privacy: A Comparison of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights5. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes: New Technologies, the Precautionary Principle and Public Participation6. Therese Murphy: The Texture of Reproductive Choice: Law, Ethnography and Reproductive Technologies7. Iulia Voina Motoc: The International Law of Genetic Discrimination: The Power of 'Never Again'8. Helene Boussard: Individual Human Rights in Genetic Research: Blurring the Line between Collective and Individual Interests