Call For Abstracts Now Open
2016 International Conference - Law & Medicine: Challenging the Future
February 28, 29, 2016, Qatar University
Abstracts Deadline: November 10, 2015
CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION: Law and Medicine have traditionally held a symbiotic relationship within the context of physician-patient, physician-health professionals, and physician-society relationships. Today, the impact of the legal system on everything from planning, financing, delivering and monitoring healthcare, medical research and development of technologies requires even greater cooperation, mutual understanding and deeper engagement between these two professions. Qatar, being at the forefront of countries seeking novel advances in medical care, research and technologies to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, needs to examine the principles of law and the regulations that affect the practice of medicine and the practitioners who deliver care, while protecting the patients and the community in Qatar and the region.
This first international conference on the relationship between law and medicine to be held in Qatar aims to shed light on the critical medical and legal challenges, and to suggest solutions to ensure the law keeps pace with Qatar's rapidly expanding healthcare sector. This conference, and the anticipated edited volume, will aim to: (1) Examine the legal context of medical practice in relation to physician-patient relationships, malpractice or negligence, standards of care, informed consent, patient communication and preventative strategies; (2) Conduct a comparative analysis of medical practice within the legal context of GCC countries and other civil law jurisdictions; (3) Explore the role of healthcare practitioners within the context of the community, with particular regard to mandatory reporting laws and self-reporting; and (4) Discuss the legal responsibilities and liability of institutions for the conduct of their healthcare practitioners, encompassing issues such as vicarious liability, respondent superior, peer evaluation, negligence and medical mistakes.
ABOUT QATAR UNIVERSITY: In 1973, Qatar's first national College of Education was founded following a decree by the Emir of Qatar as part of his vision to place education at the center of the country's development strategy. Qatar University comprises eight colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Pharmacy; Sharia and Islamic Studies; and Medicine. The university has over the years added a wide range of new programs that are aligned with the growing needs of the labor market and the aspirations of the society it serves. It currently boasts a population of more than 14,000 students and an alumni body exceeding 30,000.
ABOUT QATAR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW: In pursuit of a vision to embed the rule of law in Qatar's development, Decree No. 4 was issued in 1993 to establish an academic department of legal education. Legal education was originally delivered by the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies, but, as the country's development gathered momentum, the need for expansion in legal education became inevitable, hence the establishment of an autonomous College of Law in 2006.
In the decade following this bold decision, the College of Law has grown exponentially. The current student population is about 800, guided by a diverse faculty of 50 highly educated academics with the support of a team of motivated and extremely able administrative staff. A range of programs has been introduced to enrich the curriculum and achieve the college's mission. These include the Center for Business and Energy Law, which serves as a platform for engagement with industry; an Externship program to give our students a taste of practical work prior to graduation; a Legal Writing program that advances the writing and research skills of our students; and clinics in Domestic Violence, Human Rights, Environment, in addition to many other initiatives.
ABOUT THE QATAR UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: The College of Medicine is the eighth college of Qatar University and was founded in October 2014. It will admit its first cohort of students in Fall 2015. The College of Medicine aims to make contributions to:
- Medical Education
- Patient Care
- Medical Research
- Community Outreach
The College of Medicine is fully aligned with Qatar's national strategies in Education and Health, as well as Qatar University's strategic plan.
ABOUT WEILL CORNELL MEDICAL COLLEGE IN QATAR: Established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation, WCMC-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and shares its mission of dedication to excellence in education, patient care and research.
The first medical school in Qatar and a pioneer of coeducation at university level, WCMC-Q offers an integrated program of pre-medical and medical studies leading to the Cornell University M.D. degree. Teaching is by Cornell and Weill Cornell faculty, including physicians at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) who hold Weill Cornell appointments.
In the clinical arena, WCMC-Q is making a contribution to the community in Qatar. Medical faculty members licensed and credentialed to practice and see patients as part of their teaching assignments in HMC facilities. There are exchanges of expertise with faculty-physicians from New York - Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, particularly in the planning phase of Qatar Foundation's Sidra Medical and Research Center.
Collaborative biomedical research projects are underway between Weill Cornell in the U.S. and Qatar, and HMC, and a major research program is now on the anvil. WCMC-Q students have exciting opportunities to take part in biomedical investigations: The Summer Research Program enables selected students to travel to the U.S. and work under the mentorship of leading investigators at Cornell and Weill Cornell. Meanwhile, a growing number are participating in projects in Qatar, guided by WCMC-Q faculty and funded by the Undergraduate Research Experience Program of Qatar National Research Fund.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: We welcome submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific policy issues. We hope to receive abstracts related to the conference's general theme even if a particular topic was not specifically listed here. However, proposals that lack a clear linkage between law and medicine will not be considered. Law will be treated broadly to include governmental policy decisions more generally. Abstracts must propose or outline an argument/position, rather than merely stating a topic, in order to enable us to evaluate them fairly and accurately.
In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary and international dialogue, we welcome submissions from physicians and healthcare practitioners, legal scholars and lawyers, bioethicists, philosophers, clinicians, government officials and staff, international scholars and regulators, discussing how their systems have handled these issues, and others who have a meaningful contribution to make on this topic. We welcome submissions from advocacy organizations, think tanks, and others outside academia, but emphasize that this is a scholarly conference, and abstracts/papers will be held to academic standards of argumentation and support.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of the paper you would plan to present in Arabic or English to email@example.com no later than November 10, 2015. If your abstract is selected, you will be notified on or before December 10, 2015 and your final paper will be due on January 10 2016. You will be assigned a presentation slot for the conference dates. Please note that presenters are expected to attend the conference for its full duration. We will pay travel expenses for presenters who must travel to Doha; co-authored papers must name a single presenter. All papers will be reviewed by a professional committee from the colleges of law and medicine, at Qatar University, and the Weil Cornell's college of medicine in Qatar.
Our expectation is that conference presenters will publish their papers with us as part of the edited volume. Those who do not wish their work to appear in a potential edited volume should so indicate on the abstract. We will accept conference papers of all lengths and styles (e.g., law review, medical, philosophy, or policy journal, etc.), but chapters in conference volumes are generally limited to about 5,000 words.