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Next 2021 Brocher Meetup sessions

8 July  | Sallie Davies (4 pm, Geneva time zone)


Visions of a post-pandemic world

As the distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations picks up around the world, societies are grappling with what it might mean to ‘end’ the pandemic. Do we need to accept Covid and its variants as an endemic disease, and if so, how can we collectively metabolise the reality of living with it? What factors will affect the distributions of bodily and other risks that different societies will be willing to accept to ‘end’ the pandemic? What new forms of relations has Covid inaugurated between citizens and states, and to what extent has it cemented existing ones?

This discussion will delve into the ethics of different post-Covid futures, and assess how our handling of the pandemic to date has affected what pathways might be possible.


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Sally Davies – Deputy Editor, Aoen Magazine, UK 


Françoise BaylisProfessor of Bioethics, Dalhousie University, Medical school, Canada


Diane B. PaulProfessor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Boston | Research Associate Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, USA


Arthur Caplan – Mitty Professor of Bioethics, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, USA


Barry R. FurrowProfessor of Law and Director Health Law Program, Drexel University, USA


Ruth Macklin– Emeritus Professor of Bioethics, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA


Bertrand Taithe – Professor of Cultural History, The University of Manchester, UK


Laurie ZolothProfessor, Margaret E. Burton Chair of Religion and Ethics, The University of Chicago, USA

Brocher Meetup Replays

Special Edition # 1 | 13 November 2020 | The Covid-19 Pandemic: A Humanitarian Crisis

For this special edition, we received:

  • Karl Blanchet Professor @ Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Joanne Liù Doctor @ University of Montreal
  • Antoine Flahault Professor @ University of Geneva
  • Ciara Staunton Doctor @ Middlesex University of London as moderator

# 1 | 28 January 2021 | Covid and bioethics; What role have bioethicists have played in forming policy, what have we learned so far and how best to be constructive going forward

For this first Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Arthur Caplan Professor @ NYU Grossmann School of Medicine
  • Kiarash Aramesh Assistant Professor @ Edinboro University
  • Thomas Douglas Professor @ University of Oxford
  • Jan Heldge Solbakk Professor @ University of Oslo
  • Yeyang Su Doctor@ Chinese Academy of Sciences of Beijing
Related Bibliography:
  • Kupferschmidt, K. (2020) WHO unveils global plan to fairly distribute COVID-19 vaccine, but challenges await. Science ( Link) | World Health Organization (2020) WHO SAGE values framework for the allocation and prioritization of COVID-19 vaccination, 14 September 2020 (Link) | COVAX – Working for global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines (Link)
  • Initiatives from South Africa and India in calling for the IP reform to facilitate access to vaccines in less resourceful countries. Usher, A. D. (2020) South Africa and India push for COVID-19 patents ban. The Lancet. [Online] 396 (10265), 1790–1791.
  • Springer article (Link)

# 2 | 11 February 2021 | Priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination: Ethics, policy and practice in select jurisdictions

For this second Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Françoise Baylis Professor @ Dalhousie University
  • Gaia Barazzetti Senior Researcher @ University of Lausanne
  • Angus Clarke Professor @ Cardiff University
  • Bjorn Hoffman Professor @ University of Oslo
  • Jan Eerik Leppänen PhD Researcher @ Felm NGO

# 3 | 25 February 2021 | From your perspective, what has been your country's greatest or most unexpected challenge or unintended consequence in relation to Covid-19?

For this third Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Diane B. Paul Professor @ University Massachusetts Boston
  • Meredith Temple Smith Professor @ University of Melbourne
  • Ruth Chadwick Professor Emerita @ Cardiff University
  • Flis Henwood Professor @ University of Brighton
  • Alexandre McClelland Assistant Professor @ Carleton University
  • Brigìda Riso PhD @ CIES-iscte, Lisbon
  • Priya Satalkar Dr @ Ghent University
  • Denise Steers Dr @ University of Otago
  • Mary Jean Walker Dr @ La Trobe University
Follow this link to watch the replay on our youtube channel: Replay

# 4 | 11 March 2021 | What Have We Learned About COVID Preparedness so Far, and Where Does Bioethics Leads Us?

For this fourth Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Barry R. Furrow Professor @ Drexel University
  • Robert Cook-Deagan Professor @ Arizona State University
  • Dena S. Davies Professor @  Lehigh University
  • Stefan Ecks Doctor @ University of Edinburgh
  • Reed Pyeritz Professor @ University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Leigh E. Rich Professor @ Georgia Southern University

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# 5 | 25 March 2021 | Covid and its impact on the ethics of pandemic surveillance

For this fith Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Bertrand Taithe Professor @ The University of Manchester
  • Michael Bartos Honorary Associate Professor @ Australian National University
  • Lukas Engelmann Doctor @  The University of Edinburgh
  • Alain Giami Emeritus Research Professor @ INSERM France
  • Adam Henschke Doctor @ National Security College, College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Christos Lynteris Doctor @ University of St Andrews
  • Benjamin Mason Meier Associate Professor @ University of North California
  • Monika Sawhney Associate Professor @ University of North California

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# 6 | 29 April 2021 | Mandating Covid-19 Vaccination Certificates and Passports: Benefits, Risks, and Challenges

For this sixth Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Ruth Macklin Professor @ Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Sharon Bassan @ DePaul University College of Law, Chicago
  • Diego S. Silva Lecture @ The University of Sydney School of Public Health
  • Maxwell J. Smith  Assistant Professor @ Western University, London, Ontario

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# 7 | 27 May 2021 | Justice in an Unjust World: COVID -19 and Global Justice

For this seventh Brocher Meetup, we received:
  • Laurie Zoloth Professor @ The University of Chigago
  • Anna Berti Suman @ Tilburg University, Institute for law
  • Tereza Hendl Research Associate @ University in Munich
  • Euzebiusz Jamrozik Dr @ University of Oxford
  • Ali Kazemian Chair & Assistant Professor @ Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
    Prevan Moodley Senior Researcher @ University of Johannesburg
  • William Ollier Emeritus Professor @ University of Manchester
  • Ruud ter Meulen Emeritus Professor @ University of Bristol
  • John Noël Vina Dr  @ The Australian  National University  

Follow this link to watch the replay on our youtube channel: Replay