Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville is Samuel
Gale Professor of Law, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Montreal. She has an extensive national and international publishing and speaking record and frequently comments in all forms of media. Her books include The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit (Penguin 2000); and The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit (Anansi 2006; CBC 2006 Massey Lectures).  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia, seven honorary
doctorates, and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science.

Hope, the common good and our duty to the future
15 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: common good, ethical thinking, euthanasia
A Canadian academic analyses the battle over values in her new book, Bird on an Ethics Wire.

Is Canada moving toward “totalitarian utopianism”?
26 Feb 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, conscience rights, euthanasia, Justin Trudeau
Members of Parliament should be allowed to vote according to their consciences on euthanasia

Next, limit the harm: proposals for Canada’s new euthanasia law
19 Feb 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia
When legalisation is inevitable its effects must be contained.

Designing our descendants
8 Jan 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, eugenics, genetic engineering, IVF
Assisted human reproduction technology is growing ever more controversial.

‘Good for me’, but what about society?
28 Oct 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Canada
What Canada's top court left out in its judgment on assisted suicide.

May we tinker with the genetic heritage of humanity?
9 Jun 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: genetic engineering, genetics
Science fiction has become a reality.

Walking the walk of peace with Jean Vanier
19 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: disabilities, Jean Vanier, L'Arche, peace
A personal tribute to the founder of the L'Arche communities.

My heart belongs to daddy
20 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: dating websites, internet, sex and society
The ethical complications of a website which matches up cash-strapped co-eds with millionaires.

Protecting doctors’ freedom of conscience
29 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, conscience protection, euthanasia
Some practical steps would protect rights and prevent "ethical cleansing".

The complexities of consent to sexual intimacy
11 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: rape culture, sexual assault, sexual violence
In Canada and the US high profile media stars have been pilloried over allegations of sexual assault.

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