World Association for Medical Law



    • 02 Aug 2015
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • 06 Aug 2015
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Coimbra, Portugal

    Submit your ABSTRACT HERE


    2015 Meeting Registration is Open (Deadline May 15, 2015)



    The Congress will take place at Hotel Vila Gale and will commence with a Welcome Reception Sunday evening August 2, 2015.  The Welcome Reception is the perfect venue to meet with colleagues.  We encourage everyone to attend.  The Opening Ceremony will be the morning of Monday, August 3, 2015.  The Congress will conclude Thursday, August 6, 2015 followed by a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

    The program will consist of four topics:

    Ageing and Health law

    Information Technology and Health Law

    Migrations & Health Law

    Islamic Bioethics

    Registration is now open for the World Association for Medical Law, 21stAnnual Congress in Coimbra, Portugal to be held August 2-6, 2015.  To take advantage of the early-bird discount rate, you must register by May 15, 2015, at

    Online registration is greatly preferred.  You may choose to download a registration form HERE.

    Full Registration Package Include:

    •  Admission to the Scientific and Poster Sessions

    •  Admission to the Sunday Evening Welcome Reception

    •  Admission to the Civic Reception (Sponsored by Coimbra Mayor at City Hall)

    •  Admission to the Thursday evening Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony

    •  Admission to all coffee breaks


    *NOTE:  One-Day Registration Fees includes access to the Scientific Program Sessions, Exhibits, Posters and Coffee Breaks ONLY.  If you are planning to attend a daily session please complete the registration form and email to

    Additional tickets can be purchased a la carte for the Welcoming Reception and Gala Dinner/Awards Ceremony for attendees choosing a daily registration fee or for additional guests who will not be purchasing a full registration package.

    If you are registering for the Islamic Bioethics Session, this is a two day program.  The program will take place the last two days (August 5 and 6) and you will have access to all sessions on August 5 and 6.  Registration will include the Gala Dinner / Awards Ceremony and Coffee Breaks.

    The World Association for Medical Law has selected the HOTEL VILA GALÉ for your stay during the 21st Annual World Congress, Coimbra, Portugal.  The WAML has contracted a discounted group rate for all WAML attendees to include a Buffet Breakfast served in the Restaurant and complimentary wi-fi which are wonderful amenities to help you throughout your stay.

    For hotel reservations please see the Hotel Reservation Form HERE.  You must complete the form and email to or Fax to 21 790 76 40 by June 1, 2015.  The group rate is 100.00€ per single room per night and 120,00€ for double twin room per night. 


    IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you choose to stay at another hotel the WAML will have to charge an entry fee of $75 on top of your registration.   

    Ground Transportation - When you arrive in Portugal the World Association for Medical Law (WAML) will provide Bus transportation SUNDAY, August 2, 2015 ONLYfrom Lisbon Airport to Hotel Vila Gale.  Times will be 10:00 AM; 4:00 PM and 11:59 PM.  If you are unable to arrive at the specified date and time transportation will NOT be provided by WAML.

    University Tour – A Coimbra University Walking tour has been planned for Monday August 3, 2015 from 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  You will be accompanied by a professional guide and attendees will be divided into groups of 40.  Pre-Registration is required and you will be required to pay 7€ directly to your tour guide on August 3, 2015.

    Abstract Submission - Use the following link and follow instructions to submit your abstract  Deadline to submit an abstract April 1, 2015.

    Please check website for updates.

    Best regards and see you in Portugal!

    World Association for Medical Law              




    • 07 Aug 2016
    • 8:00 AM (PDT)
    • 11 Aug 2016
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Los Angeles, California USA

    Mark Your Calendars!

    We invite you to join us for the World Association for Medical Law (WAML) 22nd World Congress Meeting, August 7 - 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.  The Program Committee is working hard to plan a comprehensive program which we hope will encourage dialogue and discussion amongst attendees.  We look forward to interacting with WAML members from all corners of the World! 

    The Congress Venue will be announced once finalized.

    Session topics may cover, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Electronic health records and HIPPA or similar regulations
    2. Transplant and Replacement Medicine
    3. Dignity of death and dying, informed consent, comfort care, and hospice
    4. Health care system: Affordable Care Act and current healthcare system
    5. Quality improvement and Peer Review Program including patient safety
    6. Medical licensing, hospital credentialing
    7. Role of hospital ethicists and institutional review board, ethic committee, bioethics education
    8. Conflict of interest between Medical Doctors and drug manufacturers
    9. How to maintain error free medical environment (Emergency Care and Acute Surgical Care)
    10. Current development of Medical Law and Bioethics in the United States
    11. Current Electronic Health Record and HIPPA
    12. Transplant and Replacement Medicine and the procurement system

    We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles, California USA in August 2016!

    Thomas Noguchi, M.D.

    Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles has been chosen as the WAML Congress Headquarters. 



    The Millennium Biltmore Hotel has been the premier choice for celebrities, presidents and dignitaries for nearly 90 years.  Designed in the style of the Spanish Italian Renaissance, the hotel opened in 1923 to national acclaim, and was designated a Historical Cultural Landmark in 1969.   The 11 story structure was designed by the same architectural firm that designed the New York Waldorf Astoria. The cathedral-like public room ceilings are hand-painted. Touted as the “host of the coast” from the beginning, the Biltmore became the place to be for Los Angeles high society, film industry czars and stars. Among the momentous events held at the Biltmore was the founding banquet for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was at the dinner on May 11, 1927 that the concept and design for the “Oscar” was conceived. A statue was sketched on a napkin during a Crystal Ballroom banquet marking the occasion. John Kennedy established his headquarters during the 1960 Democratic National Convention in the hotel’s Music Room.  Today, restored to its initial elegance and grandeur, the Biltmore has been the set for countless movies, commercials and print photography since 1975. Television series shot there include Alias, The West Wing, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, Cold Case Judging Amy, Pretty Woman and CSI Los Angeles.

    Few Los Angeles hotels boast the ideal locale and sumptuous comforts this luxury hotel has to offer. Situated at the heart of L.A's vibrant cultural district, the hotel is just steps away from major attractions, such as L.A. Live, the Ahmanson Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dodger Stadium.


    Just one block away is the quick Metro Red Line subway, which provides easy access to exciting venues like Universal Studios and the Dolby Theater. Just a short drive away you'll find Hollywood and Beverly Hills, as well as Los Angeles International, Burbank and Long Beach airports.


    Upon arriving at the Millennium Biltmore, you'll find contemporary comforts fused with classic European style in each of the 683 guest rooms. All guests are provided with access to our Roman-style indoor swimming pool and health club, and Executive and Club Level floors feature premium services for discerning travelers.


    The Millennium Biltmore hotel is an ideal venue for our Congress Meeting.


    All of the room accommodations are equipped with a number of thoughtful provisions, so that business and leisure travelers can make the most of their stay here. All rooms reflect the unique history and heritage of the Biltmore hotel, with each boasting fine furnishings and a warm, comforting color scheme. 


    Complimentary guest room wireless internet and room rates of $199 single or double have been negotiated for our members.


The World Association for Medical Law (WAML) was established and the first Congress was held in Ghent, Belgium in 1967.

The purpose of the WAML is to encourage the study and discussion of health law, legal medicine and ethics, for the benefit of society and the advancement of human rights. The aim of the WAML is to promote the study of the consequences in jurisprudence, legislation and ethics of developments in medicine, health care and related sciences.

Since its creation the WAML held 19 World Congresses, and used its International Journal Medicine and Law for the publication of more than 2000 articles of authors from more than 100 countries. The Association engages in educational activities and aims to promote discussion and deliberation among academic and non academic channels, through its bi-monthly Members Newsletter, its regular Radio Program and more.

If you are interested in taking part in these activities and join our growing WAML family, you may apply for membership online.

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Upcoming Events

27 Feb 2015 (PST) • Las Vegas, NV
07 Jun 2015 (UTC+10:00) • Sydney, Australia
19 Jun 2015 (UTC+09:00) • Seoul, Repulic of Korea
02 Aug 2015 7:00 PM (UTC+01:00) • Coimbra, Portugal
07 Aug 2016 8:00 AM (PDT) • Los Angeles, California USA




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