Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine


Welcome to VELiM

A/Prof Chris Jordens and Ryan Essex

The Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) is a research and teaching centre within the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Since our establishment in 1995, we have become one of the largest bioethics centres in Australia and internationally.

Elizabeth van Ekert presenting

Our team includes academics, research fellows and research students working on a wide range of ethical issues. These include public health ethics, clinical ethics, research ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of biotechnology including genetic technology and genomics, and the ethics of drug policy and development.

VELiM also has a long history of conducting empirical social science research, often informed by and informing ethical questions. We have a thriving program of empirical and theoretical research funded by the NHMRC, ARC and other sources.

We teach two postgraduate coursework programs, Qualitative Health Research (until 2015) and Bioethics (ongoing).

For your diary

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23 February 2016: Unfathomable Journeys

Special presentation by Professor Garry Walter AM at the Sydney Jewish Museum, 1pm.
Free admission but registration essential. To RSVP email or call 02 9360 7999.

Latest publications

Silva D.S., Dawson A., Upshur R., (2016) Reciprocity and Ethical Tuberculosis Treatment and Control, Symposium: Tuberculosis, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, First online: 21 January 2016.

Newson, A.J., Wrigley, A. (2016) “Genome Editing: ethics, law, and scientific progress.” Australian Quarterly, 87(1): 3-8.

Dawson, A., Professional, Civic, and Personal Obligations in Public Health Emergency Planning and Response. In: Arras, J. Jennings, B. Barrett, DH. & Ellis, BA. (eds.) Emergency Ethics: Public Health Preparedness and Response (pp 186-219). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. 2015

Skerman, J.K., Newson, A.J. (2016) “Regulating risk and the boundaries of state conduct: a relational perspective on home birth in Australia.” American Journal of Bioethics, 16(2): 19-21. Published online: 01 Feb 2016

Mason, P.H. Degeling, C. (2016) Beyond Biomedicine: Relationships and Care in Tuberculosis Prevention, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 13(1), doi: 10.1007/s11673-015-9697-6.

Newson AJ, Compensated transnational surrogacy in Australia: time for a comprehensive review, Med J Aust 2016; 204 (1): 33-35. doi: 10.5694/mja15.00166

Mayes, C. R. Revisiting Foucault's 'Normative Confusions': Surveying the Debate since the Collège de France Lectures. Philosophy Compass, 2015; 10(12), 841-855. 1 December 2015, doi:10.1111/phc3.12274

Degeling C, Johnson J, Kerridge I, Wilson A, Ward M, Stewart C, Gilbert GL; Implementing One Health approaches to Emerging Infectious Disease: Reflections on the socio-political, ethical and legal dimensions, BMC Public Health 2015, 15:1307, DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2617-1

book cover of The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics and Health Choices

Mayes, C. The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics and Health Choices, Routledge 2016. - A critical examination of unquestioned assumptions about obesity and lifestyle, and their relation to wider debates surrounding neoliberal governmentality, biopolitical regulation of populations, discipline of bodies, and the possibility of community resistance.

Braunack-Mayer, A., & Carter, S. M. (2015). Ethics and health promotion: research, theory, policy and practice. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3), 165-166.