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Professional Education

[POSTPONED] Living Will, Living Well? Advance Directives Across Asia
Category : Conferences
Date : 02 Mar, 2020 - 03 Mar, 2020
Time : 9:00am – 6:00pm
9:00am – 6:00pm
Venue : Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Faculty of Law, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

THIS CONFERENCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE NEW DATE LATER.

Advance directives are generally regarded as an important practice that enable a person’s autonomy to continue to be respected after s/he loses capacity, by providing a mechanism by which his/her wishes and values can continue to determine care and treatment decisions, particularly towards the end of life. 

Much of the writing in this area has come from or focused on jurisdictions in Europe and the Americas, many of which have detailed and well-implemented regulatory regimes for advance directives. By comparison, legal regulation in Asia is relatively simplistic (if not non-existent), and tends to be conservative in its scope. The reasons for this are poorly understood, but it is conceivable that the principle of respect for individual autonomy is not accorded the same primacy in these jurisdictions as it is in Western jurisdictions. Instead, a host of other value commitments occupy equally, if not more important, positions in the constellation of values espoused by Asian jurisdictions.

It is precisely this clash between the mechanism of the advance directive, which is inherently an individually-focused form of decision-making grounded in the person’s own wishes, and the more communitarian, familial models of decision-making common to Asian jurisdictions, which is of interest to us. How do Asian jurisdictions approach a practice which views autonomy as sacrosanct – do they endorse this view, or do they attempt to modify it? If so, how? What are the tensions that arise when the regulation and practice of advance directives sits alongside the fundamentally important role of the family? Are there any internal inconsistencies within the laws themselves?

This two day conference will take a comparative look at the law and practice of advance decision-making in healthcare across 15 jurisdictions in Asia, with a special panel focusing on reform in Hong Kong. This project is a particularly timely one in light of recent developments in Asian jurisdictions. Hong Kong has just undergone a public consultation regarding the regulation of advance directives, as a first step towards the codification of the common law position that it currently follows. This is but one of several recent attempts in Asia to address the issue (see, for example, Korea and Taiwan), and it appears that the advance directive is beginning to receive more traction in Asian jurisdictions.

Jurisdictions covered:
Hong Kong
China 
Taiwan
Macau
Japan
South Korea
Singapore
Malaysia
Philippines
Thailand
India
Pakistan
Israel
Turkey
Russia

Continuing Medical Education  (CME) Accreditation:
Application for accreditation will be made


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation (by the Law Society of Hong Kong)
Result of accreditation application pending

Fees: free of charge

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