State and Professional Autonomy: Conflicting Rights and Obligations in the State-Profession Relationship (30 April 2020)

The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Law

COPING WITH LEGAL CHALLENGES ARISING FROM
THE PANDEMIC: A HKU WEBINAR SERIES

State and Professional Autonomy: Conflicting Rights and
Obligations in the State-Profession Relationship

Dr. Calvin Ho & Daisy Cheung
Department of Law, HKU

30 April 2020 via Zoom

This talk considers the ethical and legal relationship between healthcare professions and the state in the context of the Hong Kong response to COVID-19. In particular, it queries the extent that nurses and doctors, as members of state-sanctioned professions, are able (and perhaps even under obligation) to challenge the decisions of the state on the control and treatment of the infectious disease. In this respect, the talk seeks to broaden the discussions in the ethical and legal literature on the state-professional relationship in healthcare, which has primarily focused on appropriate health workforce regulation for the purposes of ensuring patient safety and quality of care. Although nurses and doctors are neither trained nor equipped to mobilise an all-of-society response that is needed for a pandemic, it is envisaged that they could have a greater role in addressing collection action problems that relate to public health and in the shaping of a response to the next pandemic.

About the Speakers:

Dr Calvin Ho’s research is primarily on the governance of health- and biomedical technologies, and more generally on medical law and ethics, as well as the normative aspects of health systems (especially on health insurance and access to health) and global health. He is currently an Ethics Board member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), and was the Co-Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Bioethics in Singapore (2014-2019).

Daisy’s research interests are in the field of medical law, primarily mental health law and ethics. She is also interested in issues in assisted reproduction. Daisy is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics & Law and currently teaches on the LLM for Medical Ethics and Law programme.

The powerpoint is available HERE
Video is available HERE

Details and videos of the full HKU Law Pandemic Crisis and the Law Webinar Series are available HERE.