AIDEL - associazione italiana diritto e letteratura

Bioethics, biolaw and literature


6-8 May 2009 – Verona
Sala Farinati, and Biblioteca Civica


Università degli Studi di Verona
Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature Straniere
Dipartimento di Anglistica
Associazione Italiana di Anglistica AIA
Associazione Italiana di Diritto e Letteratura AIDEL
Società Cattolica di Assicurazione
Provincia di Verona

The conference proposes an interdisciplinary exploration of bioethical and biojuridical issues through literature, generic in order to promote reflection on the dynamics and the possible relations among the various disciplines. Therefore, online various fields will be taken into account: the philosophy of medicine, law and the philosophy of law, morality, ethics, as well as – of course – bioethics, biolaw and literature. Our aim is to  highlight the importance of literature for a deeper analysis and better understanding of devouringly important topics in bioethics and biolaw, such as the concepts of personhood, human being and moral status.

Literature reflects the necessity of looking for a meaning, while acknowledging the impossibility for the human mind to possess a comprehensive and absolute knowledge of the truth. The aim of philosophy, echoed by literature, bioethics and biolaw, is that of recuperating the trust in reason and in its ability of looking for the meaning of reality through the dialectic confrontation among disciplines.

Bioethics and biolaw should turn to literature, as well as to moral philosophy, in order to look for a foundation of the value and of the rights of the living creatures, in relation to the new problems raised by the progress of scientific and technological knowledge in biomedicine. Literature, as a different form of reflection upon the meaning of life, human identity, human rights and moral status, is profoundly involved in the bioethical and bio-juridical debate. In fact, through literature we can re-think and revisit concepts which have already been examined by traditional thought, in the difficult attempt to adjust the concepts to the new dimensions and necessities opened up by biomedical, scientific and technological innovations.


Prof. Daniela Carpi, e-mail:


INVITED SPEAKERS (provisional)

    • Dott. Valentina Adami (Università di Verona)
    • Prof. Ruediger Ahrens (Emeritus, University of Wuerzburg)
    • Prof. Heinz Antor (University of K?ln)
    • Dott. Laura Apostoli (Università di Verona)
    • Dott. Chiara Battisti (Università di Verona)
    • Prof. Yvonne Bezrucka (Università di Verona)
    • Prof. Paola Carbone (IULM Milano)
    • Prof. Daniela Carpi (Università di Verona)
    • Dr. Paul Cheung ((University of Sydney)
  • Prof. Brunetto Chiarelli (Università di Firenze)
  • Prof. Cristina Costantini (Università di Torino)
  • Prof. Leif Dahlberg (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
  • Dott. Sidia Fiorato (Università di Verona)
  • Prof. Jeanne Gaakeer ( Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Prof. Ian Kerridge (University of Sydney)
  • Dott. Mara Logaldo (IULM Milano)
  • Prof. Piergiuseppe Monateri (Università di Torino)
  • Dott. Silvia Monti (IULM Milano)


  • Prof. Patrizia Nerozzi (IULM Milano)
  • Prof. Eric Rabkin (University of Michigan)
  • Dott. Anna Re (IULM Milano)
  • Prof. Regina Schwartz (Northwestern University)
  • Prof. Michele Sesta (Università di Bologna)
  • Prof. Klaus Stierstorfer (University of M?nster)
  • Prof. Gary Watt (School of Law, University of Warwick)
  • Prof. Ian Ward (School of Law, University of Newcastle)
  • Prof. Laura Westra (University of Windsor, Canada)



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Scientific Board

Prof. Avv. Cristina Costantini

Prof. Matteo Niccolini

Prof. Paola Carbone

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