Although scientific advances in biomedicine contribute to human wellbeing, they can also lead to danger, thereby threatening fundamental human rights. As a result, the International Academic Network on Bioethics (IANB), as representative of the international community, is getting involved. The IANB seeks to contribute to international reflection on biomedical questions which many countries are facing.
An academic network
The IANB is unique insofar as it is led by academics from many different countries. Consequently, it participates in the development of a necessary international perspective on research on bioethics. However, although steered by academics, the Network actively collaborates with other non-academic professionals, who specialise in the field of biomedicine.
It is a network committed to international multidisciplinary research
Made up of lawyers at its core, the Network exists to conduct multidisciplinary research. The law on diverse issues in bioethics in different countries - and consequently cultures - is presented and analysed through the prism of various disciplines. In this way, law serves to reveal the social perception of the bioethical issues. The work of the Network therefore goes further than merely presenting the different legal provisions: it examines the law from diverse standpoints such as anthropology, philosophy, sociology, medicine, psychoanalysis and even economics.
The IANB is made up of academics belonging to different cultures. Through its comparative law publications, it furthers research on issues in bioethics between many countries of the world. The chosen themes thus allow an exploration of the legal regimes in each country and assist our understanding of the different underlying cultural and religious foundations. Each study is presented by a minimum of the eighteen permanent members of the IANB (Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, and USA).
At present, research advances through the intermediary of networks. A network allows for both discussions and the international publication of our research findings on important issues of biomedical ethics, which serve to highlight the existing diverse cultures.
We are a Network which creates a link between people, between universities and research groups, and between countries.