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Leading Bioethics Expert to Speak at Creighton

Leading Bioethics Expert to Speak at Creighton

Carl E. Schneider, J.D., a leading authority on bioethics and the law, will speak Thursday, April 10, at Creighton University.

The lecture, titled “Has the Law of Bioethics Failed?” is sponsored by Creighton University’s Center for Health Policy & Ethics, School of Law, and Werner Institute for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. It is free to the public. The 7-8:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Hixson-Lied Science Building, Room G04, located near 27th and Burt streets. A 6:30 p.m. reception in the Hixson-Lied atrium precedes the talk.

Schneider, the Chauncey Stillman Professor for Ethics, Morality, and the Practice of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, has written extensively in several fields, including bioethics and constitutional law. He is editor of “Law at the End of Life: The Supreme Court and Assisted Suicide” and author of “The Practice of Autonomy: Patients, Doctors, and Medical Decisions,” which examines how the power to make medical decisions is and should be divided between doctors and patients and analyzes the role of autonomy in American culture.

In addition, he is preparing a book on living wills, which argues that empirical literature shows that living wills (in which people specify how they want to be cared for medically at the end of life) don’t work, because they are often ignored, misunderstood or fail to address all possible scenarios. Instead, Schneider recommends that individuals designate a medical decision maker.

Schneider has been a visiting professor at Cambridge University, the University of Tokyo, and Kyoto University and has taught for many years in Germany.