John Keown

Dr. Keown is the Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Having graduated in law from Cambridge, he took a doctorate at Oxford, after which he was called to the Bar of England and Wales. He soon became the first holder of a newly-created lectureship in the law and ethics of medicine at Cambridge, where he was elected to a Fellowship at Queens’ College and, later, a Senior Research Fellowship at Churchill College.

Dr. Keown has published widely in the law and ethics of medicine, specializing on issues at the beginning and end of life. His research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the United States Supreme Court, the Law Lords, the Court of Appeal, the House of Commons, the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, and the Australian Senate, before which he was invited to testify. In 2011 he testified as an expert witness for the Attorney-General of Canada in a leading case concerning Canada’s law against euthanasia. He has served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association and has been regularly consulted, not least by politicians and the media, on legal and ethical aspects of medicine. His latest article ‘A Right to Voluntary Euthanasia? Confusion in Canada in Carter’ was recently published in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy (2014).

Dr. Keown has written a play based on one of the classic cases in bioethics: the trial of Dr. Leonard Arthur for the attempted murder of a newborn baby with Down’s syndrome. He has also developed an interest in the ethics of war. His 2009 paper in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought was the first to consider whether America’s War for Independence satisfied the criteria laid down by the ‘just war’ tradition.



John Keown | 8 Mar 2016 |
tags: bioethics, ethics, interviews, natural law
An exclusive interview with John Keown, a senior research scholar at Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
 

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