Who Owns Your Body?


6 Apr, 2017 - 7 Apr, 2017


9:00am - 6:00pm


Large Moot Court, 2/F, Faculty of Law, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong




A conference on Property Rights in Human Bodies, Tissue and Data, and on Human Organ Transplantation

About the conference:



How does the law govern the ownership of human bodies?  And of its parts, and things derived from it?  What are the fundamental legal principles governing claims to ownership, possession and other rights in the human body? What are the ethical, legal, and social impact of applications of materials taken from the human body, particularly in the context of human organ transplantation and the responses arising therefrom?  This two-day conference seeks to explore these fundamental questions from ethical, legal, medical, religious and social perspectives. The conference is to give academics and professionals in both the medical and legal professions a survey of the current state of the common law governing property and other interests and rights in the human body, in organs (especially in relation to transplants), in human tissue and other human samples, in ‘waste’ tissue and products.  From these basic premises we move on to a consideration of remoter interests ultimately derived from the human body.  Under the rubric of these remoter interests, the control, custody, management, ‘ownership’ and the sharing and dissemination (for research or for clinical purposes medical and genetic information derived from the human body can be then explored.  The conference will end with a consideration of (again under the general scope of remoter interests) intellectual property rights and claims, particularly in relation likely future developments in competing major jurisdictions.

The objectives of the conference is to establish what the fundamental legal principles are; how these principles affect current and the future development of specific rules in remoter interests; to identify gaps and inconsistencies in current law and practice; to discuss the current tensions between the imperatives of clinical and research use for tissue and information and that of the privacy of the individual, to discuss and suggest how these tensions may be best bridged to mutual benefit; and finally the issue of trust.



Introduction and Keynote Presentations:

Dr Ron Zimmern, PHG Foundation, Cambridge

Professor Peter Skegg, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Otago

Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, Centre of Genomics & Policy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

About the speakers:

Dr Philip Beh, HKU

Professor S.C. Chan, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital

Professor King L. Chow, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Professor Leonardo de Castro, University of the Philippines

Dr Imogen Goold, Oxford University

Dr Guang Xing, Centre for Buddhist Studies, HKU

Ms Alison Hall, PHG Foundation, Cambridge

Dr Calvin Ho, National University of Singapore

Dr Chih-hsing Ho, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Mr Terry Kaan, HKU

Mr Alex Lam, Hong Kong Patients’ Voices

Mr Colm McGrath, Cambridge University

Professor Tohru Masui, Centre for Genetics, Keio University School of Medicine

Dr Jeffrey Skopek, Cambridge University

Dr Haibo Wang, Director, China Organ Transplant Response System

Dato’ Dr Zahari Noor, Penang Hospital, Malaysia




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CME Accreditation by Colleges of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine:
College/Association CME points awarded
Max. for whole function Thursday, 6 April 2017 Friday, 7 April 2017 CME/CPD Categrory
Hong Kong College of Anaesthesiologists 12 6 6 non-anaesthetic passive
Hong Kong College of Community Medicine PENDING
College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong 6 6 Category C
Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine 6 6 PP
Hong Kong College of Family Physicians 10 5 5 Category 5.2
College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists 5 1 / hr 1 / hr Non-OG
Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons PENDING
College of Ophthalmologists of Hong Kong 6 3 3 Passive
Hong Kong College of Otorhinolaryngologists PENDING
Hong Kong College of Paediatricians PENDING
Hong Kong College of Pathologists 3 3 PP
Hong Kong College of Physicians 3 3
Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists PENDING
Hong Kong College of Radiologists 6 6 Category B
College of Surgeons of Hong Kong 12 6 6 passive




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