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Wednesday, 24 February 2010, 12:00AM
Museum of London

The Ethics of Reproduction

Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE

From cloning and embryo research, to multiple births and the taking of sperm from dead husbands - the field of reproductive technologies is always going to be notoriously difficult. When controversial scientific advances and inflexible moral ideals meet, we are going to be confronted by some very hard questions to answer.

The differing treatment of these issues in the UK and the US offers us a cross-cultural perspective that can help us come to a better understanding of the root of the problems, the principles of further advances and where the possible solutions might lie.

This joint event between Gresham College and New York University in London offers a unique opportunity to hear experts from both sides of the Atlantic joining forces to confront these difficult questions.

    Baroness Ruth Deech is the Gresham Professor of Law and the Chairperson
        of the Bar Standards Board. Between 1994 and 2002 she was the
        chairperson of the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).
    Professor Rayna Rapp is Professor of Anthropology at New York University.
        Her areas of interest include reproduction, gender, health and culture,
        science and technology, United States and Europe.

This symposium event is jointly hosted with New York University in London.


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Professor the Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE was the Gresham Professor of Law between 2008 and 2012. She is Chair of the Bar Standards Board, a position she has held since 2009.

Baroness Deech received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from St. Anne's College, Oxford, before going on to further legal studies in the U.S.A. and the Netherlands. Three years after being called to the Bar (Inner Temple), she returned to St. Anne's College, Oxford, where she took up the position of Tutorial Fellow in Law, a position she held until she became the Principal of the College in 1991. During this period, Professor Deech held a number of highly prestigious international positions within academia, the legal profession and beyond. These include Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (2001-2004) and BBC Governor (2002-2006).

In 2004 she stepped down from her positions at Oxford and became the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (2004-2008).  Professor Deech's specialisation is in reproductive law, medicine and ethics. Through this she was the Chairman of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (1994-2002), a non-executive Director of the Oxfordshire Health Authority (1993-1994) and an ex officio member of the Human Genetics Commission (1991-2002).

Professor Deech was appointed a crossbench Peer in 2005 and is currently a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications.

Professor Deech's 2008/09 series of lectures focussed on the legal and ethical issues surrounding reproductive medicine. Her 2009/10 series of lectures focused on the place of various family relationships within the law since the 1960's, from divorce law to civil partnerships. Her 2011/12 series of lectures focussed on regulation across a range of public bodies, including higher education, the BBC and the legal profession.

All of Baroness Deech’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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24 February 2010

The Ethics of Reproduction
Baroness Deech of Cumnor DBE

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