Mason Institute Annual Lecture ‘Realizing the Right to Benefit from Science’, The University of Edinburgh, Tuesday, 09. April 2019

We will hold our MI Annual Lecture with a lecture from Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
‘Realizing the Right to Benefit from Science’
“[Everyone has] the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.” (Art. 15(1)(b)), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966.
To date, 169 states have signed and ratified the ICESCR.  More than fifty years since its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, and despite its legal actionability, governments on the whole have failed to adopt measures to respect a specific social and cultural right within the Covenant, namely “the right of everyone to enjoy the benefits of science progress and its applications”.  This right, in other words, largely has been dormant.    This lecture will examine the interrelated sets of rights found within ICESCR’s article 15: “the right to benefit from”, the right of scientific freedom, and the duty of states to provide an enabling environment whereby scientific progress and its applications will be fully realized.  With respect to data intensive science and human germline engineering, for example, the possible regulatory routes and content of the right to benefit from science are varied; what are and might be suitable approaches?
The need to awaken this “Cinderella” right remains.

Mason Institute Annual Lecture ‘Realizing the Right to Benefit from Science’

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