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Annual Ethics Lecture 2017 presented by the Hon. Robert French AC

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“What is the good of it – the purpose and utility of ethics in health research”

Curtin University is proud to host its Annual Ethics Lecture, presented this year by The Honourable Robert French AC.

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The term ‘ethics’ covers a multitude of virtues and possibly some sins where ethical perspectives differ. Given the diversity of ethical philosophies there is a question about what common ground can, or should, inform health research ethics.

At a minimum it must be consistent with the law. Beyond that ethics embraces a variety of possible approaches.

Mr French will discuss what criteria is applied in determining the appropriate approach and what standards, by way of quality control, are applied to its decisional application by ethics committees or other authorities exercising responsibility in this difficult area. The particular issue of ethical perspectives on the use of ‘big data’ in medical research will also be considered.

About Hon. Robert French AC

The Hon. Robert French AC is the immediate past Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. He was the 12th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (2008- 2017), and the first Western Australian to hold that position.

Mr French graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science in Physics (1968), followed by a Bachelor of Laws (1971).

He is Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and at Monash University, and a Distinguished Honorary Professor at the Australian National University.

Mr French has been a prominent advocate for the rights of Indigenous Australians. In the early 1970s, he helped found the WA Aboriginal Legal Service and was its Chairman from 1973 to 1975. He was President of the National Native Title Tribunal from 1994 to 1998.

Mr French was the first Chancellor of Edith Cowan University from its foundation in 1991 until 1997 and in December 2017, will succeed Dr Michael Chaney AO as Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.


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