Revisiting the relationship between human rights and bioethics: supportive or counteractive?

Md. Jobair Alam

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Modern bioethics is unequivocally founded on the pedestal of the values consecrated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human rights, on the other hand, practicallypays heed on the need to harmonize bioethics and human rights in reorienting bioethical discourse towards a broader basis and symbolically, reminds that the mere rhetoric of rights is insufficient to protect those who are most vulnerable in the world. Hence, at a point human rights and bioethics acts and counteracts in reaching their respective goals.The object of the study is to critically analyze the relationship between human rights and bioethics. A pluralistic methodology is followed in this regard. In order to achieve the objective the study after certain conceptual clarity, asked one question- to what extent human rights and bioethics assist, counteract and overlap each other in reaching their respective and shared goals? The study concludes that although at a certain point, human rights and bioethics merge, still there are good differences between them and a significant substratum must be carried out, to clarify exactly how the respective claims and conflicts of both of them can be mitigated, before they can reinstate their expedition in the similar way.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-122
Number of pages18
JournalDhaka University Law Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • human rights
  • bioethics
  • Nuremburg Code
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights


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