International Workshop on Bioethics and Public Policy

Event Recap

Organised by Global China Studies together with the Department of Public Policy, the workshop entitled "International Workshop in Bioethics and Public Policy" was held on 17 March at City University of Hong Kong. It was coordinated by Professor Ruiping Fan and funded by the UGC KT Earmarked Fund in 2016.

Hong Kong is short of organ donations to save lives. This workshop aims to explore the merits and problems of the distinct models of family-based organ donation policy from mainland China and the United States, so that we can learn from international and regional experiences and practices. Presentations delivered by outstanding American and Chinese medical and ethical scholars were both empirically instructive and theoretically insightful.

Scholars specialised in studies of organ donation and transplantation from US, mainland China, and Hong Kong presented their researches at the workshop. Their presentation topics covered Dead Donor Rule, the use of executed prisoners’ organ, legislation and institutionalization of organ donation and transplantation, and the role of family and other cultural factors in the governing process. The participants had open and engaged discussion of the above topics and explored the possibilities for further research collaboration.


Cover photo: 12 scholars presented their papers at the workshop, including:

Ruiping FAN (fourth from the right, back row)
Committee member of Global China Studies
Chair Professor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Yu CAI (fifth from the left, back row)
Director of the Center for Applied Ethics and Culture and Professor in the Business School of Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming, China

CHAN, Ho-mun (fourth from the right, front row)
Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Mark J. CHERRY (first from the right, front row)
Dr. Patricia A. Hayes Professor in Applied Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, USA

Benjamin HIPPEN (third from the left, front row)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, USA

George KHUSHF (third from the right, front row)
Director of the Center for Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy, University of South Carolina, USA

Yilei MAO (third from the right, back row)
Professor of Surgery in the Department of Liver Surgery, Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) Hospital, China

Ryan R. NASH (fifth from the right, back row)
Director of the Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, USA

Haibo WANG (second from the right, front row)
Deputy Director of Center for Data Science in Health and Medicine, Peking University, USA

Lawrence Y. Y. YUNG (second from the right, back row)
Instructor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Xiaofeng ZHU (first from the right, back row)
Professor, Deputy Director of Center of Transplant, Associate Head of Department of Transplant Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, China


Photo 1: With different empirical experience from various fields, participants have frankly and constructively exchanged their critics on the past governance experience of organ donation and transplantation. They also shared their vision on future policy development.