The Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Dalhousie Health Law Institute and Tsinghua Health Law Research Centre are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice 2014 (ICEL 2014). The conference will be hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Health Law Research in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 13-15 August 2014.

We are pleased to announce that due to the high level of interest in the conference, we have outgrown our original venue. The International Conference on End of Life will now be held at the Mercure Hotel, Brisbane which is a short 10 minute walk from QUT Gardens Point Campus. Please note, however, that the debate on Wednesday 13 August and the Welcome Drinks will remain at QUT.

The Conference will provide a global forum at which health law scholars, bioethicists, legal and health practitioners, and health law and bioethics institutions can meet to discuss and present on law, ethics, policy and practice relating to the end of life, in particular around the conference’s four sub-themes:

  1. Withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. advance care planning, futile treatment)
  2. Palliative care and terminal sedation
  3. Euthanasia and assisted suicide
  4. Determination of death and organ and tissue donation.

We are delighted to confirm the following keynote conference speakers:

  • Professor Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University and Laureate Professor, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne
  • Professor Sheila McLean, Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine, Glasgow University
  • Professor Jocelyn Downie, Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dalhousie Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Associate Professor Charles Camosy, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Fordham University
  • Dr Dale Gardiner, UK Consultant in Adult Intensive Care Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals
  • Dr Peter Saul, Senior Intensive Care Specialist, John Hunter Hospital
  • Professor Michael Ashby, Director of Palliative Care, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Tasmania Health Organisation (THO)

We are also delighted to confirm the following participants in panel sessions:

The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday 13 August 2014 with a debate between Professor Singer and Assistant Professor Camosy on the ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Please visit the program page to view the provisional conference program. The full conference program will be released later in 2014.

To view conference information in Chinese click here.