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Phil Walker Memorial Ethics Lecture

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Professor Julian Savulescu​ MBBS (Hons) PhD

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ETHICS AND BABY CHARLIE GARD: WHY ALL THE COURTS GOT IT ALL WRONG (AND TRUMP AND THE POPE GOT IT RIGHT)

at the inaugural Phil Walker Memorial Ethics Lecture.

LECTURE OVERVIEW

Charlie Gard died shortly before his first birthday after a long court battle over whether it was in his interests to receive experimental treatment in the US as his parents wished, or to be allowed to die in the UK as his doctors advised. The case received worldwide media attention, with Trump and the Pope weighing in.

There was a surprising degree of medical agreement on the opposing sides: the treating Great Ormond Street doctors and US doctor Hirano who had developed an experimental treatment both agreed that Charlie, who had suffered fitting and was ventilator dependent, was unlikely to benefit from the treatment. However, they differed on an ethical question: is a slim chance of life worth taking in the face of inevitable death?

In this lecture Professor Julian Savulescu will present legitimate grounds for withdrawal of treatment, including when death may be said to be in a patient’s best interests. However, he will argue that the case of Charlie Gard did not meet these criteria.

ABOUT PROFESSOR JULIAN SAVULESCU

Professor Julian Savulescu has degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics and holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics and is Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He is Visiting Professor in Biomedical Ethics at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Distinguished International Visiting Professor at Melbourne Law School. He also directs the Institute for Science and Ethics at the Oxford Martin School. He is Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, has written more than 250 publications and is a recognised world leader in the field of practical ethics. He is Founding Editor with Roger Crisp of the open access Journal of Practical Ethics.

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