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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Call for Papers: "The Role of Solidarity in Bioethics"

Guest Editors Patricia Illingworth and Wendy E. Parmet of Bioethics are pleased to announce a special issue in 2012 on the role of solidarity in bioethics. We invite submissions on all aspects of this topic and are particularly interested in papers that explore one or more of the following questions: 

  • Does relying on solidarity as a bioethical norm support universal access to health care or does it limit access to discrete, identifiable groups?
  • Is the human right to health, as enunciated in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, dependent upon or challenged by norms of solidarity?
  • Does solidarity support or undermine cosmopolitan duties to health?
  • Do medical enhancement technologies threaten solidarity locally, domestically, or internationally?
  • What are the implications of using a norm of solidarity for the health of immigrants, migrants, and displaced persons?
  • What are the implications of globalization and migration for the maintenance of solidarity as a foundation for the provision of health care?
  • Does a robust notion of solidarity imply a sacrifice of autonomy in relation to health decision-making (e.g. with respect to vaccine mandates, confidentiality, reproductive rights, organ donation, bone marrow transplants)?
  • Is solidarity a social determinant of health?
  • What are the implications of a market-based health insurance system for solidarity?
  • Does solidarity favor a population-based perspective on health and bioethics as opposed to a medical or clinical perspective?
  • What are the distributive implications of solidarity as a bioethical norm?
  • Does international law support global solidarity with respect to health?
  • How can the structure of international health governance be used to promote global solidarity with respect to health?
  • What is the nature and basis of the norm of solidarity with respect to health?

The editors welcome early discussion of brief proposals and/or abstracts by e-mail to both: Patricia Illingworth p.illingworth@neu.edu  and/or Wendy Parmet w.parmet@neu.edu. For submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines on the Bioethics website:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8519. Please note that we discourage papers of more than 5000 words and the submission deadline is September 1, 2011. Manuscripts should be submitted online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/biot. Please ensure that you select manuscript type 'Special Issue' and state that it is for the “Solidarity”, Special Issue when prompted.

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