Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Embryo Rights and Stem Cell Research

Part of the HOT TOPICS: COOL TALK series


Wednesday, November 16, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room 235


Free and open to the public


CLE credit will be applied for

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Visiting law professors and nationally recognized experts in public bioethics, Carter Snead (Notre Dame Law School) and Lynn Wardle (Brigham Young University Law School), will discuss the moral and religious grounds for embryo rights, and will consider which public policies best respect these rights while recognizing the need for advanced medical research. There will be a question and answer period for the audience following the discussion. All are welcome to stay for a reception in the lobby after the program.

Carter Snead is professor of law at Notre Dame Law School and the newly named Director of the University's Center for Ethics & Culture. He formerly served as general counsel for the President’s Council on Bioethics and as permanent observer for the U.S. government with the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Bioethics and is currently serving a four-year term on UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee.

Lynn Wardle is Bruce C. Hafen Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University (BYU) where he specializes in family law, constitutional law, and bioethics. Prof. Wardle served as President of the International Society for Family Law (ISFL) from 2000-2002, currently serves on the ISFL Executive Council, and is a member of the American Law Institute. He is coauthor of Fundamental Principles of Family Law (2002), and principal editor of a four-voume treatise, Contemporary Family Law: Principles, Policy, and Practices (1988).