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Healthcare Ethics and Law Masterclass

RCSI is pleased to announce the first of its Masterclass Series. The first Masterclass will be in Healthcare Ethics and Law and will take place in March 2018.

This masterclass is aimed at healthcare professionals and educators, clinicians, scientists, barristers, solicitors and graduates of the MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law.

The masterclass will take place on Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 March 2018 at RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green.

This Masterclass will address the following topics:

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

  • The principles governing the Act
  • How will consent change
  • Advance healthcare directives
  • Reflections on capacity in Irish case law 

Mental health

  • The revision of the Mental Health Act – what should be in it?
  • Trends in Europe and internationally regarding mental healthcare 'How to be Good' moral enhancement 

Gene editing

  • Science behind Gene Editing
  • Ethical issues which arise in gene editing 

Big data, data protection and healthcare

  • The ethics of big data and its utilisation in healthcare
  • Recent Irish legislation which has a data protection impact – Health Identifiers Act, Heath Information and Patient Safety Bil

Right' to access innovative/novel drugs

  • 'Right' to access innovative/novel drugs 
  • 'Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Treatment in Children. Who decides?' 


Speakers include

Mr Justice Peter Kelly (President of the High Court)

Dame Fiona Caldicott (National Data Guardian, UK) 

Ms Aine Flynn (Director, Decision Support Service)

Mr Asim Sheikh (Barrister specialising in Medical Negligence & Healthcare Law)

Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan (RCSI)

Prof. Brendan Kelly (Professor of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin)

Prof. Mary Donnelly (Professor of Law, University College Cork)

Prof. John Harris (Professor Emeritus, Science Ethics, University of Manchester)

Prof. Jonathan Montgomery (Professor of Healthcare Law, University College London)

Prof. Laura Palazanhi (Professor of Philosophy of Law and Biolaw, Lumsa University, Rome)

Dr Patrick Harrison (Senior Lecturer, Molecular Physiology, University College Cork)

Mr Hugh Whithall (Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics)

Mr Peter Lennon (Department of Health, Ireland)


Our programme is available here

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Thursday 8th of March 2018 – 6 External RCSI CPD credits

Friday 9th of March 2018 - 4.5 External RCSI CPD credits


Note: this event is fully booked for Thursday 8th March. Places remaining on Friday 9th March. 

  • Two days: €250 (Thursday, 8 and Friday, 9 March 2018). 
  • One day: €150 (either Thursday, 8 or Friday, 9 March 2018) 

Please note: Places are limited to 100 people per day. Light lunch will be included on both days.

Register now

Please email with any queries.

The closing date for registration is Friday, 16 February 2018.