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- Biomedicine and international human rights law: in search of a global consensus

The human rights strategy adopted by recent international legal instruments relating to biomedicine seems to be the most appropriate way to manage bioethical issues from a global perspective. Certainly, the search for a global consensus in this area is not free from difficulties, especially because it would be impossible, and indeed unfair, to impose a monolithic, detailed legal framework on societies with different sociocultural and religious backgrounds. This is why the harmonization of principles about biomedical activities must focus on some basic rules. This enterprise seems to be feasible because international law presupposes a hard core of universal human rights. The major challenge today, therefore, is to identify, through a constructive, intercultural dialogue, the universal principles that are relevant to biomedical activities. The current international efforts oriented towards the prevention of human reproductive cloning and germ-line interventions show that new common standards, which take into account not only the interests of present individuals but also those of future generations, are already emerging in this area.

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