World Association for Medical Law

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1. Protection of Patients’ Rights - Challenges and Responsibilities of the State and Civil Society

• The legal and ethical limits of scientific developments and progress in medicine.

• Technological developments and patient data protection. The right to privacy versus public interest.
• The role of Civil Society in raising awareness and disseminating information to promote patient rights.
• Fostering more effective resolutions for disputes between patients and healthcare institutions.
Contemporary issues pertaining to healthcare service provider liability.

2.  Transformations in Healthcare Systems as an Inevitable Process in Achieving Excellence

• International organisations and new initiatives to adjust national healthcare systems in the face of global challenges. The role of healthcare policies in fighting the global challenges – pandemic, climate crisis.
• Fostering sustainability in healthcare systems.
• Redesigning the legal frameworks of national healthcare systems following the latest
achievements of biomedical science and fighting social and economic inequalities.

3.  New Challenges for International Cooperation in the Field of Legal Medicine (Forensic Medicine)DICINE)

• International cooperation in mitigating natural and man-made disasters.
• New challenges for legal medicine in combating terrorism, organised crime, war crimes.
• Technological and scientific research innovations in legal medicine

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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 26 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.

Informed Consent and Health - A Global Analysis

Informed consent is the legal instrument that purports to protect an individual’s autonomy and defends against medical arbitrariness. Informed Consent and Health highlights that possession of complete information about all relevant aspects of a proposed treatment is integral to the ability of a patient to make an informed choice. With patient choice at both legislative and judicial levels rising to greater levels of prominence, this timely book examines how the tensions between the rights of patients to make choices and the duties of doctors to provide health care are managed.
This illuminating book investigates our evolving understanding of informed consent from a range of comparative and international perspectives, demonstrating the diversity of its interpretations around the world. Chapters offer a nuanced analysis of the problems that impede the understanding and implementation of the concept of informed consent and explore the contemporary challenges that
continue to hinder both the patient and the medical community.
Containing an in-depth discussion on this fundamental right, this thought-provoking book will be of value to academics and practitioners alike. Providing fascinating insight into new solutions and interpretations, this book will also prove a key resource for clinicians and health care workers.

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Medicine and Law is an international publication dealing with medico legal issues. It consists of original articles, court decisions, and legislation on: Medical Law, forensic medicine, sexology and law, psychiatry and law, psychology and law, dentistry and law, nursing law, pharmaceutical law, medical ethics, clinical criminology, drugs, alcohol, child abuse, medical experimentation, genetic engineering, organ transplantation, abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, religion, AIDS, etc.

The journal (Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Roy Beran) has been in publication since 1980 and has been recognized by the renowned Kennedy Institute of Ethics as a "priority journal".

The Journal accepts electronic submissions at All submissions must include abstract and keywords.

Information for authors can be found at

The membership fee for The World Association for Medical Law includes a free subscription to the Electronic version of the Journal and access to previous issues (See: Members-only/Medicine and Law Journal). 

You can purchase access to the journal through HeinOnLine as well:

Online only: USD $160.00

Online and Bound Archive: USD $290.00

Bound Archive only: USD $174.00

Place subscriptions with a recognized bookseller or directly with:

William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

2350 North Forest Road, Getzville, New York 14068

1-800-828-7571 * 716/882-2600 * FAX 716/883-8100

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