The International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health was founded in 2016 based on a commitment to an international multidisciplinary reflection in bioethics.  The Academy is focused on the current challenges confronting both private and public interests in the context of families, universities, public institutions, and all levels of government.

The mission of the Academy is to accomplish an ongoing international review of groundbreaking issues in bioethics that can benefit from a diversity of political outlook, culture, and philosophical orientation. The Academy functions as a bilingual center point for these exchanges. Its headquarters are located at the Université René Descartes (Sorbonne Paris Cité).

The Academy’s activities to fulfill its mission:

  1. Facilitates collaborations with Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (Éthiques, medicine et politiques publiques), the official bilingual Elsevier France journal of the Academy. The journal is now entering its third year of publication.  (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/ethics-medicine-and-public-health/)
  2. Organizes seminars to be held in Paris under the auspices of the Academy.
  3. Facilitates collaborations with The International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine (Springer Press). (http://www.springer.com/series/6224)
  4. Will create opportunities for affiliate centers to develop seminars and conferences in cooperation with Paris.

The IAMEPH will continue to work closely with the International Academy of Law and Mental Health on its biannual congresses. (http://ialmh.org/).

Call for Abstracts: New Directions in Bioethics

3-4 April 2020   

Following up on the success of the Controversies in Bioethics Seminar at Lehigh University, the Center for Dialogue Ethics and Spirituality at Lehigh University, the Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU, and the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health invite you to submit abstracts for the New Directions in Bioethics Seminar. The seminar will focus on new or perennial controversies in bioethics that help us better understand particular subject areas and the values and principles underlying bioethics as a whole.  Papers on the following topics are particularly welcome:  intersectionalities in bioethics –‘untouchable’ topics in bioethics — bioethics in the age of Trump, populism, or nationalism — the ethics of circumcision and other new directions in bioethics. Abstracts from all disciplines in bioethics are encouraged. 

 A number of revised and peer-reviewed seminar papers will appear in either of two 2020 special issues of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health’s Elsevier journal, Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health. (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/ethics-medicine-and-public-health/)  

Proposal submissions: Please send a 300-500 word abstract by email to Dennis.Cooley@ndsu.edu. – All abstracts should be submitted by 30 November 2019.  Review begins 1 December 2019, with applicants notified of reviewers’ decisions after 16 December 2019. 

The seminar will be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA from 3-4 April 2020 (http://www1.lehigh.edu/home). Bethlehem is serviced by the Lehigh Valley International Airport (call letters ABE) and is accessible through both New York City, Philadelphia, and Newark International Airport. There is no registration fee, but presenters are required to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.  


Seminar organizers: Lloyd Steffen, Lehigh University, and  Dennis Cooley, North Dakota State University