Collaboration with the Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) of the Faculty of Medicine of the McGill University

CMEL has had a long-standing connection to the McGill Centre for Genomics and Policy through its relationship with CGP Director Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, also a member of the CMEL international Advisory Board.  Prof. Knoppers’ April 2015 visit, including a public lecture and planned meeting, served as an opportunity to discuss formalizing the collaborative relationship with CMEL and the WYNG Foundation. On 18 May 2017, CGP Director Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers visited HKU and signed this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which formally recorded this collaborating partnership.


Professor Knoppers delivered keynote presentation at the “Who Owns Your Body?” Conference on 7 April 2017.


Collaboration with the University of Cambridge on Medical Ethics, Law and Policy

The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL), supported by the generosity of the WYNG Foundation, is a joint effort of the Faculties of Law and Medicine of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). CMEL aims to provide teaching and training for university students and professionals in these two subjects, and to raise public awareness on relevant local and international issues.

CMEL will now be able to focus not only on achieving co-ordination between disciplines, but also across continents with the help of Cambridge University relationship. Funded by the Hatton Trust and the WYNG Foundation, a Lectureship in Medical Law, Ethics and Policy at Cambridge University and a Junior Research Fellowship in Medical Law, Ethics and Policy at Cambridge’s Trinity Hall will be created. The sponsored scholars will visit CMEL at HKU and spend up to four weeks at the University annually to facilitate research interactions between Cambridge University, Trinity Hall and HKU. A variety of guest lectures and seminars at CMEL will be provided for the academic community and the general public. The international collaboration with Cambridge University will enable CMEL to draw on the expertise of visiting scholars and deepen its research connections among staffs.


The ceremony on September 16, 2014 marked the public launch of the ongoing co-operation between HKU Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL) and Cambridge University.

Dr. John Spencer of Cambridge University and Mr. Terry Kaan of CMEL officiated at the ceremony.

Dr. John Spencer gave a public lecture on “Criminalising sickness? Liability for the transmission of disease”.

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