Vision and Mission
The Centre has been established jointly by the Faculties of Medicine and Law at the University of Hong Kong. Its primary vision is:
- to become a focal point for international research excellence in the area of medical ethics and law;
- to co-ordinate and provide teaching and training to university students and professionals;
- and to promote and disseminate its expertise to the benefit of the public.
Backgrounds and Values
The medical profession carries heavy ethical responsibilities and involves highly regulated sets of practices. Engagement with ethics has been a continual concern of the profession, finding expression variously in the form of laws and professional codes. Today as medicine becomes increasingly complex and diverse, medical practice and research call for an interdisciplinary sensitivity to inform and develop its capabilities. More and more, the major source of contemporary regulatory input comes from the law. Laws and legal regulation are being increasingly invoked to hold medical practices, practitioners and research to account. This is true not only with respect to the resolution of disputes, but also in the setting out and monitoring of research agendas and procedures for the future. In the area of medical ethics and law therefore active intellectual dialogue between the two disciplines is imperative. Such dialogue enhances our understanding of core medical and health issues that local and international communities face and are likely to face in the future. The inter-relation of medical ethics and law thus stands to benefit both professions and the community at large.
The Centre’s objectives are respectively in research, teaching, knowledge exchange and training:
Research: To produce and disseminate high-quality and cutting edge research in medical ethics and law.
Teaching: To contribute to the interdisciplinary teaching and learning at the University by providing a forum for the discourse of medical ethics and law.
Knowledge Exchange: To provide expert training and continuing education to the professionals of both disciplines and to help setting the ethical standard on related issues.
Training: To promote and disseminate knowledge of medical ethics and law to the public at large and enhance the community’s awareness in this regard.
The Centre will collaborate, as appropriate, with institutions, professional bodies and scholars in Hong Kong and internationally in order to pursue these objectives.