Anscombe Bioethics
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We will be making various lectures and presentations available (audio and video) for those who are unable to make it to our events, or who would like a recap. For updates as and when new videos become available, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Michael Wee in Conversation with Dr Helen Watt
Can Catholics Receive a Vaccine that Used a Foetal Cell-Line?

15th October 2020

Why psychiatrists shouldn't perform euthanasia
An interview with Dr Mark Komrad, MD

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2017: Professor Luke Gormally
'Chastity, Human Dignity and the Common Good: Anscombe and Aquinas'

Monday, 16th October 2017

Abortion, Disability and the Law
A day conference examining the ethical, legal, social and psychological issues raised by abortion or childbirth following a diagnosis of foetal anomaly.

Saturday 18 February 2017

Professor John Finnis
"Aborted for disability: legal snapshots of the slippery slope, 1967-2016"

Dr Helen Watt
"Improving abortion laws without complicity in unjust intentions"

Professor John Wyatt
"Responding to a diagnosis of a life-limiting foetal condition – medical options, palliative care and social support"

Jane Jessop, Heidi Crowter, Liz Crowter
Panel Discussion on "Living with Down Syndrome"

This conference was held at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. For a press statement about this event and a summary of the conference proceedings, please click here.

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2016: Cardinal Willem Eijk
"Is Medicine Losing its Way? A firm foundation for medicine as a real therapeia"

Monday 7th November 2016

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2015: Professor Joseph Boyle
"Against 'Assisted Dying'"

Tuesday 13th October 2015

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium

Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor
"Euthanasia for people 'tired of life'"

Dr Benoit Beuselinck
"The impact of euthanasia in practice"

Professor Stefaan Van Gool
"Euthanasia in Children"

These interviews were filmed at St Mary's University Twickenham, during an international day conference on "Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Lessons from Belgium". This event was hosted by the Anscombe Centre, and co-sponsored by The Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, St Mary's University and KU Leuven. For a report of this event, which included seven speakers, please see here, and for details of a forthcomig volume, please see our publications pages.

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2014: Professor John Finnis FBA
"Body and Soul: on Anscombe's "royal road" to true belief"

Tuesday 21st October 2014

This paper was delivered at St John's College, Oxford. The annual Anscombe Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2013: Professor Anselm Müller
"On the spiritual nature of man"

Friday 27th September 2013

This paper was delivered at St Hugh's College, Oxford, as the keynote paper at a conference on "The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe", which was co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

An interview with Prof. Muller is available here:

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2012: Most Rev Dr Anthony Fisher OP
on "Fair Innings? Healthcare rationing in favour of the young over the elderly"

Monday 15th October 2012

This paper was delivered at St John's College, Oxford, at an event co-sponsored by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

Lecture by Professor Daniel Sulmasy
on "Evidence Based Bioethics: Myth or Reality?"

Wednesday 20th June 2012

This paper was delivered at the Royal Society of Medicine's Open Section AGM.

Live conference webcast
Human Dignity in Healthcare

18th June 2012, 0930-1700 (BST)

Live video by Ustream

This conference was broadcast live on Monday 18th June, live from Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

Speakers included Professor Daniel Sulmasy, Professor Christopher McCrudden, Dr Sylvie DeKermadec, Mr Ben Bano and the Centre's director Professor David Albert Jones

Abstracts and speaker biographies are available here (pdf file).


9.00 Registration
9.30 Prof Christopher McCrudden "Human dignity's dark side"
10.30 Prof Daniel Sulmasy, University of Chicago, "The varieties of
human dignity: A logical and conceptual analysis"
11.30 Coffee Break
12.00 Prof David Albert Jones, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, "Dignity,
dependence, and the virtue of respect"
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Dr Sylvie de Kermadec, OB/GYN, Paris, "The 'perinatal hospice'
and the dignity of the dying infant"
2.45 Mr Ben Bano, Director at Telos Training Ltd., "See ME rather
than my dementia – the role of spirituality in promoting dignity and personhood in dementia"
3.30 Coffee Break
4.00 Panel Discussion, chaired by Dr Jan Deckers, Newcastle
5.00 End

Seminar on International Theological Commission Document "In Search of a Universal Ethic: A New Look at the Natural Law"

22nd May 2012, 2pm - 5pm (BST)

Live stream videos at Ustream

This seminar was broadcast here on Tuesday 22nd May 2012, live from Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

Speakers included Rev Dr Robert Ombres OP, Rt Rev Mgr Michael Sharkey, Dr Pia Matthews, and the Centre's director Professor David Albert Jones

Picture for Organ Donation task force

Oxford Research Seminar
8th May 2012, "Catholic Perspectives on Organ Donation"

Podcasts of the presentations by Rev.Dr. Michael Jarmulowicz and Professor David Albert Jones are available.(right click to download)

Dr Michael Jarmulowicz (11mins, 10MB)
Prof David Albert Jones (30mins, 27MB)

Handout: Professor David Albert Jones on Organ Donation

Other resources:
Address of the Holy Father John Paul II to the 18th International Congress of the Transplantation Society (Tuesday 29 August 2000)

and David Albert Jones Organ Transplants and the Definition of Death (London: Lincare and CTS, 2001)
Picture of Professor Robert P George delivering the Anscombe Memorial Lecture, 2011

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2011
delivered by Professor Robert P. George

Professor Robert P George on "Science, Philosophy, and Religion in the Embryo Debate" with an introduction from Professor John Finnis FBA
*Podcast available here Prof George 36MB 77mins (and for a higher quality, but larger file click here: Prof George 71MB 77mins *