Conference: ‘Human Rights in Medicine – Myth and Reality’, Edinburgh

Date: 10am 4.15pm, Monday 20th November 2017

Location: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

The major difficulty is that the term Human Rights is used as though it were self-evident what it means. But it isn’t”.

David Roberston, former Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland (The Scotsman, 19 June 2017)

This conference is concerned with asserting the importance of human rights, challenging the interpretation and practices in health, and considering how best to embed an understanding for the profession and patients. This event is led by the Lay Advisory Committee of the RCP Edinburgh.

The registration fee for the conference is £45. A limited number of concessionary places are available – please contact Lindsay Paterson at for more information.

For more information about the conference, and to book tickets, visit the conference website.


Provisional programme

10am: Arrival and coffee

10.30am: Welcome, Prof Derek Bell, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

10.40am: Introduction to the conference, Maureen O’Neill, Chairperson

10.45am: Keynote speech, Professor Paul Hunt, Human Rights Centre, Essex University

11.30am: Judith Robertson, Human Rights Commissioner Scotland

11.50am: Conversation: senior legal expert with two trainee doctors on the significance of human rights in daily practice and training with questions from the audience

12.45pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Panel Discussion: Different Perspectives

  • Remote and Rural: Dr Patrick Byrne (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)
  • Prison – Palliative Care: Ms Kandyce Powell (Maine Hospice Council)
  • International Perspective: Prof Sunil Bhandari (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)
  • Human Rights, Compassion, Medicine, and Healthcare: Mr Dermot Feenan (Law and Compassion Research Network)

2.45pm: Roundtable discussion groups

3.45pm: Plenary session – each table to report back on one key idea/recommendation that has emerged during the day.

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