Chulalongkorn University


A Collaborative International Training Programme in Law, Ethics and Management in the Life Sciences

The ASEAN-EU LEMLIFE Project has officially ended, and its function will move over to become that of the newly established Center for Ethics of Science and Technology.

Please follow this link for information about the meeting on Bodhisattvas in the Contemporary World, which was organized on Saturday, January 21, 2006.

New!Training Session and Workshop on Research Ethics, November 23 to 25, 2005 at Room 210, Maha Chulalongkorn Building and Room 707, Boromratchakumari Bldg, Chulalongkorn University. Attendance is free. The program in PDF format.

A movie file of the recently concluded Dreams and Spirituality conference on August 19-20, 2005 can be downloded now.

Request for Comments: Draft Bioethics Program, to be established at Chulalongkorn University. The public is cordially invited to provide comments on this draft, which include the rationale and analysis of the program (in Thai) and the actual program structure (in English). The program is one calendar year long (three semesters) and will be opened in the academic year 2006 (starting September 2006); it will be conducted entirely in English.

About the Project

This project aims at creating a collaborative, interdisciplinary and international course of study, eventually leading to a master's degree program, that combines the legal, ethical, as well as economic and management aspects of the life sciences. It is funded by the Europea Commission under the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme (AUNP), and is also supported by Chulalongkorn University. The program will be organized by the Project for Science, Technology and Society, Chulalongkorn University for ASEAN, by the University of Lueneburg/ European Academy for Environment and Economy for Europe and will be joined by scholars from the EU and ASEAN countries. Target groups include health care organizations and workers who stand in need of a proper training in social and cultural aspects of advances in the life sciences, as well as business organizations, many of which are strongly affected by these advances. Main activities include setting up of the degree program, collaborative workshops among the participants, and production and dissemination of joint research efforts. Partnership in the two-year project consists of scholars and institutions from Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Germany, UK, and Spain. There are altogether eight participating universities in the project, viz. Chulalongkorn University, Lueneburg University/Europea Academy for Environment and Economy, University of the Philippines, Lancaster University, Vietnam National University, University of the Basque Country, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.

Main activities of the Project will include: holding the total of four workshops among the participants, producing course material for bioethics, biolaw and biomanagement in form of book publication together with newsletters and this website. Please refer to the following links for more information about the Project.


New Addition (February 28, 2006)

Foundations of Public Health Ethics, classroom lecture by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom, College of Public Health, Chulalongkorn University, February 11, 2006

Addition (February 15, 2006)

The second interim report of the LEMLIFE Project.

Ethics of the Global Digital Divide, presentation given at the meeting organized by the Thailand Research Fund, Cha-am, Thailand in late 2005.

The Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference, presentation at Stella Maris College, Chennai, India, Feb. 8-9, 2006, by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom.

Addition (December 9, 2005)

Capacity Building in Research Ethics: Experiences from Thailand, presentation at the International Conference on Research and Health Ethics, Jakarta, Indonesia, 28 November to 2 December 2005, organized by the WHO and the NIH and University of Bergen.

Addition (November 27, 2005)

Presentations at the Training Session on Research Ethics, November 23-25 2005 at Chulalongkorn University.

Addition (November 25, 2005)

Presentations at the Training Session on Research Ethics, November 23-25 2005 at Chulalongkorn University.

Addition (November 24, 2005)

Presentations at the Training Session on Research Ethics, November 23-25 2005 at Chulalongkorn University.

Addition (November 22, 2005)

Presentations at the Training Session on Research Ethics, November 23-25 2005 at Chulalongkorn University.

Bioethics Newsletter, vol. 3 (in Thai).

Case studies concerning death, translated by Vajradhara Amitabhaporn (in Thai).

Addition (November 14, 2005)

Constructing Case Studies for Teaching of Research Ethics to Students in the Health Sciences, by Juraporn Pongwecharak and Siriporn Kritthammakul, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkhla University (in Thai).

Addition (November 1, 2005)

Bioethics News for the fourth issue of the Bioethics Newsletter (in Thai).

Addition (October 25, 2005)

Summary report of the Second Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference, January 7 - 9, 2005.

Addition (October 20, 2005)

A nova biotecnologia e a medicina atual necessitam de um tipo diferente de insumo bioetico, ou trata-se de conflito etico de interesses? by Dr. Brigitte Jansen (in Portuguese).

Addition (October 5, 2005)

University-Industry Partnership and Governance of Higher Education Institutions: How should universities in ASEAN be transformed?, by Soraj Hongladarom, presented at the Third AUNP Roundtable Meeting on Regional Cooperation in a Globalizing World, Manila, Philippines, 29-31 August 2005.

Addition (October 4, 2005)

The seventh quarterly update of the LEMLIFE project is here.

Addition (September 8, 2005)

What are the Points in Human Cloning Debate?: A View from Buddhism, by Somparn Promta. This paper is going to be presented at the First Bangkok Bioethics Roundtable (BBRT), organized by the Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO, September11-15, 2005.

Addition (September 2, 2005)

Bioethics and Interdisciplinarity, by Soraj Hongladarom. Paper to be presented at the First Bangkok Bioethics Roundtable (BBRT), organized by the Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO, September11-15, 2005.

Informed Decision Making, presentation at the University of Philippines, Diliman, August 27, 2005.

Addition (August 17, 2005)

A presentation on Dream and Reality by Soraj Hongladarom; this is going to be presented at the Conference on Dreams and Spirituality: Dialogs between Religion and Science. The file is a Flash movie. And this file in in Quicktime format.

Addition (August 13, 2005)

Genomics, Health and Society, by Prof. Chan Chee Khoon.

Addition (July 15, 2005)

Asian Foundational Approach in Bioethics, by Susantha Goonatilake

Addition (July 5, 2005)

Sixth update of th ASEAN-EU LEMLIFE Project.

Medicine Buddha Sutra, a Buddhist teaching on medicine and healing (in Thai).

Addition (May 30, 2005)

A draft syllabus on Bioethics II, by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Knoepffler.

Science in Thai Society and Culture, slide presentation by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom on September 17, 2004, as part of the Research Program on Science in Thai Society and Culture.

Addition (May 25, 2005)

A draft syllabus on the course on research ethics, prepared by Dr. Chaichana Nimnuan.

Addition (May 13, 2005)

A report on surrogacy arrangement: ethical and legal import, by Dr. Jakkrit Kuanpot, Nandana Indananda and others (in Thai).

An introduction to research ethics, by Dr. Chaichana Nimnuan (in Thai - MS Word file).

Addition (May 3, 2005)

Cartagena Biosafety Protocol: Considerations on Thailand's Participation, by Jakkrit Kuanpot (in Thai).

Addition (April 5, 2005)

The fifth quarterly update of the Project (January 1 to March 31, 2005)

Addition (March 28, 2005)

The second newsletter of the LEMLIFE Project can be downloaded here as one PDF file. (in Thai, and it is 12.3 MB long.)

Papers presented during the Bioethics Week at the Universit of Philippines, Diliman, organized by the University of the Philippines - Fogarty International Center Bioethics Project, February 21 to 26, 2005, by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom.

Buddhism and Bioethics
Bioethics and Culture
Debates on Asian Bioethics

Education of Ethics: A Response to Diego Garcia, by Soraj Hongladarom (presented at the Fourth Session of the Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, March 23 to 25, 2005). - PowerPoint presentation file.

Buddhism and Vegetarianism, by Somparn Promta (in Thai).

Who Owns Buddhism?, by Somparn Promta, in Thai.

Addition (February 18, 2005)

"A Malaysian in Brazil", Book Review Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum. William Fisher and Thomas Ponniah (eds). London: Zed Books (2003), by Prof. Chan Chee Khoon.

The interim report on the previous year of the Project

Template for writing the course syllabus as part of the LEMLIFE Project.

Scientific Background of Genetics, by Prof. Le Dinh Luong.

Papers and presentation files presented at the Training Session on Introductory Bioethics, 29 November to 2 December, 2004.

Presentations on Bioethics Theory, and Cases and Applications of Bioethics, by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom. Quicktime files.

Ethical, Legal and Social Implication of Stem Cell Research, by Dr. Somsak Chunharad.

Ethics and Science from the Point of View of a Practicing Scientist, by Prof. Prapon Wilairat. (Warning: this is a very large file (over 35 MB)!)

Women and Reproductive Choices, by Prof. Bhassorn Limananda (in Thai).

Addition (December 2, 2004)

East and Southeast Asian Perspectives on Biotechnology, presented at the Seminar on Biotechnology, Development and Justice, Monday, November 22, 2004, Center for Genome Law, University of the Basque Country by Soraj Hongladarom.

Papers and presentation files presented at the Training Session on Introductory Bioethics, 29 November to 2 December, 2004.
Agbiotechnology and Genetic Modification of Plants, by Dr. Andrew Powell, presented at the Training Session on Introductory Bioethics, November 29, 2004.

Addition (December 1, 2004)

Smart Cards Need to be Closely Monitored, by Soraj Hongladarom. This is an article published in the Pinit Thai column in the Nations Weekly (Nation Sud Sapdah), in Thai.

Addition (November 17, 2004)

Quicktime presentation movie of the meeting on Death and Dying: Perspectives from Science and Religion.

Addition (November 15, 2004)

A Concept of Person in Buddhism, by Somparn Promta.

Addition (October 15, 2004)

Buddhist Perspectives on Living and Dying, Somparn Promta (in Thai, MS Word file).

Addition (October 11, 2004)

The third quarterly update report of the Project

Addition (September 15, 2004)

The German Stem Cell Law: Contents and Criticism, Brigitte Jansen and Juergen Simon.

Addition (September 8, 2004)

Meeting on Death and Dying: Perspectives from Religions and Science, Room 707 Boromratchakumari Bldg., Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, 12-13 November 2004 (in Thai).

Training Session on Bioethics: Alternatives for Thai Society, jointly organized with the Institute for Thai Studies, 29 November to 2 December 2004, Room 105, Mahachulalongkorn Bldg., Chulalongkorn University (in Thai).

Mutual Understanding between Scientists and Business Leaders Vital to the GMO Debate. An article in the Bangkok Post, Wednesday, September 8, 2004 by Soraj Hongladarom.

Addition (September 1, 2004)

Asian Bioethics Revisited, by Soraj Hongladarom.

Access and benefit sharing in population based research: Indirect Benefit sharing as a model of regulation, by Juergen Simon.

Human Cloning and Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A View from Theravada Buddhist Morality, by Somparn Promta.

Addition (August 25, 2004)

Organ donation as an ethical imperative by Nikolaus Knoepffler (this paper was originally presented at the first workshop of the Project.)

Global Institutionalization of governance of biotechnology and universality of ethical principles by Minakshi Bhardwaj (this paper was originally presented at the first workshop of the Project.)

Addition (August 10, 2004)

Intellectual Property Rights and the controversy between Developed and Developing Countries: is it ethical to take care for animals' suffering but to forget the needs of humans for survival? by Carlos Romeo Casabona

Conversation with Phra Dhammapidok - Life, Ethics and Medical Research (in Thai)

Addition (July 19, 2004)

Meeting on 'Science in Thai Culture and Society', Friday, September 17, 2004 at Room 707, BRK Building, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

News of the LEMLIFE Project, to be published in Chulasampan (CU Internal Newsletter)

Draft edition of the Thai Newsletter, forthcoming this July! (This is an MS Word file.)

Second quarterly update of the Project (submitted June 30, 2004 to the EC delegate in Bangkok.)

Article on stem cell research ethics by Dr. Nares Damrongchai (in Thai).

Article on Buddhism and science, by Dr. Somparn Promta (in Thai).

'Introduction to Bioethics', by Dr. Soraj Hongladarom

Not so latest news.

Newsletter, March 2004 | Call for Research Proposals (in Thai) | Seminar on Buddhism and Bioethics

First Workshop (January 24-26, 2004 at Chulalongkorn University)

Report of the First Workshop

Program | Abstract and papers

Some files from the Workshop:

"Overview of the ASEAN-EU LEMLIFE Project"
Dr. Soraj Hongladarom
"Toward Good Governance in Biotechnology and Life Sciences"
Prof. Yongyuth Yuthavong
"Post-Genomics and the Future of Human Societies: A Foresight Approach"
Dr. Nares Damrongchai
"Human Genetics Research in Vietnam"
Prof. Le Ding Luong
"The Nipah Virus Epidemic: A Local Response to Disinformation"
Prof. Chan Chee Khoon
"Ethics and Semantics of Managing an Infectious Epidemic"
Prof. Chan Chee Khoon


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Last updated on March 30, 2006.

Training Session on Bioethics, 29 November to 2 December, Room 105, Mahachulalongkorn Building, Chulalongkorn University. Jointly organized by the Institute of Thai Studies.(The seminar will be conducted in Thai.)

Registration form of the Training Session.

Contact Person

Dr. Soraj Hongladarom
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts
Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel. +66(0)22 18 47 56; Fax +66(0)22 18 47 55

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The Second Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference (AP-CAP 2005), January 7-9, 2005, Chulalongkorn University.

The Cyberethics Network for Asia and the Pacific

Science in Thai culture and society website (in Thai).

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