KNUST Law Faculty Opens Maiden Law Medicine And Ethics Conference

The Law faculty of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has launched an annual conference dubbed the “Law medicine and ethics conference” to inform policy and legal directions of health practice in Ghana.

The maiden 2018 conference came off on the campus of the university under the theme “the beginning and ending of life, the legal and ethical discourse.”

It empanelled Astute Lawyers and medical practitioners who presented papers on gray areas and developments in the health sector where Ghana has failed to enact laws to regulate.

The major areas of concern included the Operations of Fertility Clinics, and Legal Tenets of Surrogacy Agreements, Human tissue donation, Transplantation and assisted dying, Doctor Patient Relationship and Accountability as well as Human rights and General Legal Issues of healthcare.

Speaking to Ultimate News on the sidelines of the launch, Head of the commercial law faculty of the University, Dr Ernest Owusu Dapaah was positive the conference will serve as an interface between law, healthcare and ethics.

He told reporter Ivan Heathcote–Fumador, “As a faculty of law which is within the university of Science and Technology, we consider it our sacred duty to create a platform that will bring academics, researchers, lawyers, medical practitioners and students with interest in healthcare law and medical law, to deliberate on some of these pertinent issues and how the consensus from these deliberations could feed into national policy making and serve as an authoritative platform for law makers.”

The event also saw the launching of the KNUST Africa Healthcare Law Review Journal, the first journal of its kind in Africa which is expected to inform policy direction and crafting of laws pertaining to healthcare delivery on the African Continent.

The journal is expected to be at par with other medical and healthcare legal journals like the European Law Health Journal which publishes research of academics, lawyers and practitioners on issues of policies, laws and bioethics.



By: Ghana/ Heathcote–Fumador/Belinda Lebene A.B