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Bioethics and Law Seminar (in English)


  • Oren Asman, LLD, Adv. Department of Nursing, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

  • Yechiel Michael Barilan, MD, MA. Department of Medical Education, Sackler Faculty of  Medicine


  • Amir Tal, PhD

About the seminar

​The Seminar focuses on various bio-ethical and medico-legal matters, during the academic year.  Some  meetings focus on core bio-ethical texts, papers or chapters; while other include research students' and researchers presentation of works-in-progress, master-class lectures of guests from around the world.  Topics over the years included: privacy, virtue ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, moral psychology, human dignity and human rights, Jewish Bioethics, clinical ethics, etc.

Bioethics and Law Seminar (Focus: Responsible AI), Semester B, 2023
This semester, our Bioethics and Law Seminar focuses on "Responsible AI and Healthcare". We will explore ethical and legal aspects of responsible AI in healthcare, including data privacy, algorithmic bias, transparency, and accountability. An exciting lineup of international experts will share their insights and research. We invite researchers, practitioners, policymakers, mental health consumers, and students to join us for these engaging and thought-provoking discussions.

Kindly register to the e-meetings you wish to attend. We will send you a meeting link a few days before each event.

1. Conversational Artificial Intelligence for Psychotherapy (ZOOM)
Monday, 3 April, 4.15pm IDT
Jana Sedlakova, PhD Student,  Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)


•     Sedlakova, Jana; Trachsel, Manuel (2022). Conversational Artificial Intelligence in Psychotherapy: A New Therapeutic Tool or Agent? The American Journal of Bioethics
•    Asman, Oren; Barilan Yechiel Michael; Tal Amir (2023). Conversational Artificial Intelligence – Patient Alliance Turing Test and the Search for Authenticity. The American Journal of Bioethics  

2. Constructing an Ethics Framework for Al in biomedical research (ZOOM)
day, 2 May 2, 4.15 IDT
Prof. Vardit Ravitsky, Professor, University of Montréal; Member of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

3. Ethics & Governance of AI for Health, WHO Guidance (Zoom)
day, May 16, 2023, 4.15pm IDT                                                                                                                 

Dr. Andreas Reis, MD, MSc, Division of the Chief Scientist, World Health Organization
Reading: Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health: WHO guidance.
Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.


4. AI and Digital Tools used in Health Research: Considering the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ZOOM)​

Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 7pm IDT

Dr. Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, Director, UC San Diego Research Ethics Program


5. Towards a Path for Quality E-Mental Health Services
Tuesday, June 27,
4.15pm IDT

Maureen Abbott, Manager, Programs and Priorities, Access to Quality Mental Health Services, Mental Health Commission of Canada.

On-site Bioethics Events (Focus: Older Persons)

On site meetings, workshops and conferences that are mentioned below will be further detailed  on our website. RSVP will be required.

1. Thinking Well About Aging
Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 4pm-6.30pm
(room 106, School of Health Professions, TAU)
Prof. Ezekiel (Zeke) Emmanuel, Prof. Shlomo Shoham, Prof. YM Barilan


2. COVID-19 and Health Care Systems
Monday, March 27, 2023, 4pm-6.30pm 
(room 106, School of Health Professions, TAU)
Prof. Ezekiel (Zeke) Emmanuel, Prof. Nachman Ash 


3. Mental Health, Law and Ethics
Sunday, May 1, 2023.(Geha Mental Health Center)
Prof. Rebecca Weitraub Brendell, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and President of the American Psychiatric Association 


4. Towards a Convention on the Rights of Older Persons
May 2023 (TAU, TBD) 
Prof. Michael Ashley Stein, Harvard Law School Project on Disability  

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