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Berna Arda, MD, MedSpec, PhD | MEDICAL ETHICS

Ankara University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Dr. Arda studied medicine between 1981 and 1987 in Ankara University School of Medicine. In 1987 she had the right to enter the Department of Medical Ethics of this faculty by Medical Specialty Examination. She attained the “doctor of science” title by finishing medical specialist degree in 1990 and also PhD program in the same field in 1993. She become associate professor in Ankara University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics in 1993 and was assigned to the full professor position in 1999. 
In August 2010, she was elected as a vice-president of WAML (World Association for Medical Law) and she is one of the Governors of WAML since 2006.
Apart from the ethics, occupational ethics license lectures she gives as an instructor at Ankara University School of Medicine and in other faculties of the university, among those are “Medical Ethics and History of Ethics”, “Science Ethics and History of Science” and “Bioethics and Woman”.

Jean-Jacques Ashkenazi MD, PhD | MENTAL HEALTH AND LAW

Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Received his doctorate in medicine degree cum laude from the University of Cluj in Romania 1954. Appointed instructor of neurology in his 5 ler School of Medicine. Residence of Neurology- Neurological Institute of Academy 1956. Doctor in Science  at the University C.I.Parhon Bucharest, 1969. Chairman of the dpt. of Neurology at the Univeristary Hospital CFR II Bucharest. In 1973 neurologist at Ichilov Hospital-Tel-Aviv University. Researcher in Neuroscience at Weitzman Institute 1974-1975.In 1981 was appointed Associated Prof. of Neurology at Mount-Sinai School of Medicine NY University, where he worked together with Prof. Melvin Yahr and Prof. Eliot Weitzman on the project Sleep in Parkinsonian patients. He subsequently was nominated Director of the Sleep Medicine Center at the Sheba Medical Center. In this quality he organized the courses in sleep medicine at the Tel-Aviv University. In 1986 was nominated Professeur Agrege at  Pierre et Marie Curie University, Clinique Charcot. In 1995 was nominated Clinical Professor of Neurology at Sackler School of Medicine TAU.  Member of the International Scientific Program Committee of the World Sleep Congress 2007 in Australia. Author of 13 books, 12 chapters in books, 90 original scientific articles & cas reports in the field of Neurology and Sleep Medicine, 31 invited lectures and 195 presentations at national and international congresses. 

Oren Asman, LL.D | BIOETHICS

Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tel Aviv, Israel

Senior Academic staff at the Nursing Department, and Executive Director of the Bioethics and Law Initiative at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.  Consultant Bioethicist and a Lawyer. Dr. Asman's doctoral thesis focused on Mental Competence in Religious courts (Jewish and Muslim) in Israel. His Research focuses on Mental Health, Law and Ethics, Religion and current Health Law, Nursing Law and Ethics utilizing both quantitative methods, mixed methods and normative analysis. Dr. Asman serves as an Executive Vice President of the WAML (2016-2018) and Program Chair of the 24th World Congress on Medical Law and Bioethics

Yehiel Michael Bar-Ilan MD, MA | BIOETHICS

Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Bar-Ilan's research deals with bioethics, bio-law and humanitarian medicine. His personal interests are the psychology of ethics in the context of professional ethics, social history of medicine such as law and religion, especially Jewish law, human rights research and international humanitarian law in light of contemporary ethical discourse. Prof. Bar-Ilan is the author of numerous scholarly articles on his subjects of interest.

Sivia Bar-Noy, PhD | NURSING

Deparment of Nursing, School of Health Professions, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Professor Sivia Bar-Noy is a senior researcher and lecturer in the School of Health Professions in the Department of Nursing.

She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then worked for 7 years as a nurse in pediatric intensive care. At the same time, she completed her master's degree in human genetics with honors from Tel Aviv University. She completed her doctoral studies in human genetics at Tel Aviv University.

Believing that the contribution to man and society is very important, she has become part of the Nursing Department, which is the founding circle of academic nursing in Israel and the leader in its field.


Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Barilan's research subjects are Bioethics, Biolaw and Medical Humanities. His own personal interests encompass moral theory and the intersections among bioethics, social history and related normative domains, such as law and religion, especially Halakhah (Jewish religious law), and explores human rights law and international humanitarian law in the light of the contemporary ethical and meta-ethical discourse. He is the Academic Director of the Bioethics and Law Initiative at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel Aviv University and a prolific writer of academic publications in this field. 

Dr. Cecil Ben Simon PhD | MEDICAL ETHICS

Director of Ethics and Professional Affairs at the Canadian Medical Association, Canada

Director, Ethics and Professional Affairs at Canadian Medical Association;  Adjunct Professor at University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences


School of Medicine, Griffith University, Australia 

A consultant neurologist and sleep physician focusing on epilepsy related research and active in various profesional bodies in this field. Dr. Beran is the President of the Australian College of Legal Medicine, on the Board of the Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics, and editor in chief of the International Journal of Medicine and Law.

He has in his medical career contributed to 280 papers, letters, and book chapters. Written and edited 15 books. He serves on editorial boards of various local and international journals.

Ken J. Berger, MD, LL.B | HEALTH LAW

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Univeristy of Toronto

Secretary-General World Association for Medical Law. Serving the University in both medicine and law to educate future leaders in both disciplines and where the professions intersect.


Head of the Mental Health Servicese, Ministry of Health, Israel​

Dr. Tal Bergman graduated in medicine from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion. She completed her specialization in adult psychiatry and served as a senior physician at the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center, where she advanced the field of forensic psychiatry, and established the Ambulatory Forensic Psychiatry Unit. She later directed the Forensic Psychiatry Department at the Maximal Security Division of the “Sha’ar Menashe” Mental Health Center.

Alexander Capron, MA, LL.B | HEALTH LAW

USC Gould School of Law, California, United States

Prof. Alexander Capron is a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. He teaches Public Health Law, Torts, and Law, Science, and Medicine at USC Gould School of Law. He also teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is co-director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics. for a four year period he was the director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Jonathan Davies, LL.B., LL.M. | MEDICINE AND LAW

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Davies & Co. Law Offices, former Chief Editor of the Israeli Journal of Medicine and Law (Refu'ah Umishpat), and former head of the Council of Presidents of the WAML.

Regis Anthony de Silva, MD, MPA | CARDIAC CARE

Attending Physician, BIDMC; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. de Silva specializes in emergency cardiac care training, emergency cardiac care systems development, and hospital governance. He is a trained cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School and served as attending physician on the staffs at BWH and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. de Silva worked as Director of Global Programs for HMI (later known as Partners Harvard Medical International) for programs in India, Dubai and the Caribbean implementing medical school curricular reform and managing graduate medical education and hospital accreditation programs.


Dr. de Silva is currently a senior consultant at the Department of Emergency Medicine’s International Projects Division, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an attending physician at BIDMC.

Yael Dishon-Benattar R.N, M.A | NURSING

PhD student, The University of Haifa, Israel

Yael Dishon-Benattar (R.N, M.A) is a PhD student in The University of Haifa, The Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing. Worked as a Community Nurse and later as a Charge Nurse in a Community Health Care Service Clinic between 2005-2010. Accomplished her studies towards an M.A degree in nursing in 2015, Cum Laude, her thesis focused on the safety and efficacy of high dose colistin for treatment of invasive infections caused by carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria. Her current research, focusing on developing a cost-benefit model for antibiotic treatment at end of life, supervised by Prof. Mical Paul and Prof. Efrat Dagan, is currently being conducted in the Infectious Diseases Institute, Rambam Health Care Campus.

Zvi Dwaletsky, MD | GERIATRICS

Director of the Geriatric Unit at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel

Chairman of the Israeli Association of Geriatric Medicine in Israel, Head of the Geriatric Department of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, Member of the Steering Committee of the National Program for Dealing with Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and Member of the National Council of Geriatrics He also represents Israel on the Board of Directors of the European Medical Association Geriatric surgery.

C. William Hinnant, MD, JD, DABU, FCLM | HEALTH LAW

President of the American College of Legal Medicine, Medicolegal Consultants, LLC, USA

William Hinnant is a partner in the firm Medicolegal Consultants, LLC, of Anderson, SC, where his practice focuses on credentialing and peer review matters, medical malpractice, fraud and abuse and general health law. He serves as Associate Counsel for the American College of Legal Medicine and chairs its Ethics Committee. Bill has authored amicus briefs and regulatory comments on behalf of several physicians' organizations and has argued peer review matters in the trial and appellate courts of several states. He has represented and/or advised over 200 physicians in administrative, civil and criminal matters.

Radmyla Hrevtsova, PhD | MEDICAL LAW

Associate Professor and Head of the Medical Law Center at the Taras Shevtchenko National University of Kyiv

Professor Hrevtsova is the Head of the Medical and Pharmaceutical Law Committee at the Association of Advocates of Ukraine. She also functions as a Governor of the World Association for Medical Law in Ukraine.


RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Bristol, The UK

Professor Julian Hughes is  is the first internationally renowned expert to be  announced as RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry in a collaboration between The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) and the University of Bristol. His research focuses on dementia, end of life care and decision making. 

Man Teng Iong, PhD Candidate | HEALTH LAW

Faculty of Law of the University of Macau

Man Teng Iong is a juridical consultant and notary of Macau Health Bureau and works as a
part-time teaching staff in the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau. He is a junior
researcher of the Research Centre of Justice and Governance and a Ph.D. student of the Law
School, both of University of Minho, Portugal. He has been publishing various papers
regarding medical ethics and law in national and international journals.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH | BIOETHICS

Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Prof. Khane works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including human and animal research ethics, public health, and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies.

Prof. Kahn has served on numerous state and federal advisory panels. He is currently chair of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Health Sciences Policy, and has previously chaired its committee on the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2011); the committee on Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflights (2014); and a committee on the Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques (2016).  He also formerly served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

In addition to committee leadership and membership, Prof. Kahn is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center.  He was also the founding president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors.


Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Dublin

Dr. Anthony Kearns is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the National Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin.

His areas of expertise include: Forensic psychiatry, Risk assessment and management, Autism / Asperger Syndrome and criminal offending, Forensic services and people with learning disability.

Dr. Kearns is specially trained in the legal aspects of report writing and giving evidence in court.


Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine

Richard Kelly is a physician-attorney educated at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSF. Dr. Kelly is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellowship-trained cardiothoracic anesthesiologist with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Kelly has extensive clinical experience that spans teaching hospitals, private practice groups, and outpatient surgery centers. Dr. Kelly teaches teaches anesthesiology to interns and residents as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California.

Dr. Kelly lectures nationally and internationally on topics of Health Policy, Ethics, and Professionalism. Dr. Kelly has a comprehensive understanding of the performance expectations of an anesthesiologist; an understanding of the law of medical malpractice; and a keen sense of the pace of civil litigation.


Head of the National Center of Forensic Medicine, Israel

Dr. Chen Kugel completed his medical studies at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Medical School in 1986. After completing his studies he served in the medical corps in the Israel Defence Forces, and later specialized in forensic medicine. Dr. Kugel has worked at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine since 1991. He retired from the Institute of Forensic Medicine in 2005, and established a private institute for forensic medicine services (the first of its kind in Israel). As part of his work at the Institute of Forensic Medicine and as director of a private institute, Kugel has often given expert testimony in law cases where pathological examination was required. In 2013 Kugel was appointed director of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

In addition to his work as a pathologist, Dr. Kugel teaches at the Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University and at its law faculties and Bar-Ilan University.


Professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Steven A. Kushner completed his undergraduate degree summa cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania, completing an honors thesis with Prof. dr. Hank F. Kung (1997). He studied medicine and neuroscience through the National Institutes of Health - Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (2005). At the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, he received clinical training as a psychiatrist including board certification. In 2009, he was appointed as the Professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry at the Erasmus MC. His lab's research program allows clinicians and clinical researchers to work side-by-side with neuroscientists, geneticists, and epidemiologists to study neuropsychiatric illnesses and neurobiological circuit mechanisms from their cellular and genetic basis to social and cognitive function.


The Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel

David Baruch Lau  is the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.He has published articles in journals such as Tehumin. Similarly, he edited a book of his father's responsa titled Yichil Yisrael. He also edited and published a book in memory of his grandfather, Rabbi Yitzchak Yedidya Frankel. In 2008, he published his book Maskil LeDavid on issues of genealogy, conversion, military law, and other matters.

On June 24, 2013, he was elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. At the time of his election, he was the youngest person (at 47) to be elected Chief Rabbi of Israel


Fellow at the Center for Medical Law and Bioethics at the Faculty for Law, in Kiryat Ono, Israel

Natali Levin (Adv.) She is a qualified mediator. Ms. Levin is currently a third year PhD student at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.; PhD Subject - Pain and Suffering in Cases of Medical Negligence Research Fellow at the Center for Medical Law and Bioethics at the Faculty for Law in Kiryat Ono. ​ Member of the international form of teacher(IFT)of the UNASCO Chair of Bioethics Lecturer to Physicians from the Clalit Health Care Provider. Lecturer at Conferences in Israel and Abroad. Deals with litigation cases in various courts and management of medical malpractice and tort claims. Published a number of articles in international journals on the topic of pain and suffering.


Head of the LL.M Program in Law and Health

Dr. Sagit Mor is the Director of the Law and Health LL.M. Program at Haifa University. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Commission for Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities, and a member of the Ministry of Health Committee on New Guidelines Concerning Intersex People. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on Disability Legal Studies, the Law and Society Association, and the Co-founder and Co-coordinator of the Israeli Disability Studies Network (IDSN). ​

She received the 2007 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award of the Association for the Study of Law Culture and Humanities.


Her main fields of Interest are: Disability Studies, Disability Critique of Law (Disability Legal Studies), Law and Social Change, Law and Society , Law, Health and Bioethics, Torts 


Lawyer, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor, Institute of Social Sciences University of Belgrade, Serbia

Lawyer, the title of Doctor in Law, Senior Fellow and Visiting professor; a member of the first research team who started Medical law projects in Serbia and one of the founders of the Serbian Medical and Health Law Association, whose Secretary General was for a long time and now Vice-president; Head of the Center for Legal Research at the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade; a Team Leader of fundamental legal projects with multidisciplinary approach; area of specializations: general issues of Medical law, medical liability, human rights and values in biomedicine, patient rights in particular in reproduction, genetics, mental health and pharmacy;  consultant and first author for several health legislative issues in Serbia; a member of the National Bioethics Committee at the Commission for Cooperation with Unesco; participant at WCML events since 2000 (Finland).


health policy and ethics researcher at Hebrew University, Israel

Corinne Norton-Berzon recently received her PhD in Philosophy and Bioethics from Bar Ilan University. Her research focused on Israel's Organ Transplant Law and challenges to transplantation policy in general. Corinne is currently engaged in postdoctoral studies at the Hebrew University in areas of research pertaining to health policy and ethics. Some areas of interest include assisted reproduction funding policies and the role of ethics panels in health policy decision making. 

Svetlana Pospelova, PhD | MEDICAL LAW

Associate professor, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

Dr. Svetlana I. Pospelova has a PhD in Law. She is the Associate Professor of Law at the Medical Law Department of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University). She also functions as the Research Director of the National Institute of Medical Law. She is presently the WAML Governor in the Russian Federation.


Assistant Professor of Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Professor Vera Lucia Raposo is a lecturer in several human rights courses and medical law courses.
She did a mission of service in Angola, according to the Cooperation Program between the FDUC and the Faculty of Law of Agostinho Neto University, Luanda, Angola. She has authored several articles and books about criminal law, constitutional law and especially medical law (reproductive rights, status of the embryo, living wills, power over the body, medical malpractice, genetic banks).

Among her specialties and key interests are: medical law, life sciences, medical malpractice, reproductive rights, genetic privacy, clinical trials, medical devices, bioethics, producer liability, constitutional law, criminal law, human rights, wrongful actions.


National Supervisor, Legal Aid, Ministry of Justice

Daniel Raz is a National Supervisor in the legal Aid of the Ministry of Justice. He is the former district supervisor  in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem District. He is specialized in the fields of family and youth law in the Ministry of Justice. He lectures in Mental Health Law at the Peres Academic Center. He is now a member of the ethical committee in the Israeli Bar Association.


Department of Arabic Language & Literature, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

Professor Vardit Rispler-Chaim has an MA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Islamic culture and a PhD from UC Berkeley California, in Near Eastern Studies.

Her teachings focuses on Islamic Medical Ethics and Medicine and Law in Islam. She teaches at the Haifa University in Israel and also functioned as a consultant for the Ministry of Education. She often attends and organizes scholarly conferences in the medical and ethical fields. 


Faculty of Political Science, Legal Studies and Gender Studies of the Central European University (CEU), Budapest

Judit Sándor is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Legal Studies and Gender Studies of the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. She had a bar exam in Hungary she conducted legal practice at Simmons & Simmons in London, had fellowships at McGill (Montreal), at Stanford (Palo Alto), at the University of Chicago and at Maison de sciences de l’homme (Paris). In 1996 she received Ph.D. in law and political science. She was one of the founders of the first Patients' Right Organization (‘Szószóló’) in Hungary, she is a member of the Hungarian Science and Research Ethics Council, and works also at the Hungarian Human Reproduction Commission. She participated in different national and international standard setting activities in the field of biomedical law. In 2004-2005 she worked as the Chief of the Bioethics Section at the UNESCO. She published six books in the field of human rights and biomedical law. Her works appeared in different languages, including Hungarian, English, French and Portuguese. Since September 2005 she is a founding director of the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) at the Central European University.

Meital Segal-Reich, PhD | ELDER LAW

Elderly Representation and Competence, The Legal Aid Administration, Ministry of Justice, Israel.

Meital Segal-Reich is the national Director of the Department of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice in the field of representation of the elderly and in the field of representation of adults in legal processes. Meital's doctoral dissertation dealt with professional ethics in legal representation of elderly clients, and was awarded the Outstanding Research Award for the Israeli Association of Gerontology. She completed her post-doctorate at Bar-Ilan University.


In addition to her position in the Ministry of Justice and at Bar-Ilan University, she lectures in the Department of Gerontology at the University of Haifa and has published several articles on the representation of the elderly.

Michael Ashley Stein, PhD, JD | DISABILITY STUDIES

Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Michael Stein holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, as well as Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, Centre for Human Rights, and formerly Professor at William & Mary Law School.

Michael Stein is an internationally acclaimed expert on disability law and policy, and participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled persons organizations around the world, actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies, and advises a number of United Nations bodies.

His main areas of interest are: Human rights, Law of the Workplace: Employment Discrimination, Disability Law, International Law: International Law and Development.

Abramham Steinberg, MD | JEWISH MEDICAL ETHICS

Rabbi, Professor MD

Professor Steinberg worked as a senior Pediatric Neurologist at Shaare Zedek and Bikkur Cholim Hospitals in Jerusalem and he taught Medical Ethics at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School.

Steinberg is the founder and first editor of the quarterly journal "Assia" - A Journal of Jewish Ethics and Halacha, devoted to issues in Jewish medical ethics. In addition, Steinberg established and served as Director of the Medical Ethics Center of the Hebrew University - Hadassah Medical School.

Steinberg has chaired several national committees on bio-ethical issues, including the National Israeli Committee for Evaluation of Living Organ Donors, the National Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health for Enacting a Law Concerning the Terminally Ill, and the National Forum Concerning Organ Donations in Israel. He serves as the co-chairman of the Israeli National Council on Bioethics.

Steinberg has served as an adviser on medical ethics issues to the Knesset and to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. 


Deputy Head of Department of Neurosurgery, Galilee Medical Center

Dr. Samuel Tobias, neurosurgeon and deputy head of the department of neurosurgery at the Galilee Medical Center in the Northern Part of Israel has been in the spotlight on social media and news channels for his continuing contribution and effort in helping Syrian refugees who flee is the Syrian-Israel border to seek medical assistance.

“I think there is nothing more beautiful than giving someone the opportunity to keep on living. The value here is humanity; being human before other men, regardless of their creed, religion or race”




Faculty of Law, Antwerp University, Belgium

Thierry Vansweevelt studied law at the University of Antwerp. He obtained the title of doctor in law for a thesis on 'The civil liability of the doctor and the hospital' (University of Antwerp, 1991). His doctoral thesis was awarded the prestigious "Fernand Collin Prize" in 1992, while his entire oeuvre received the "Prize Research Council UAntwerp". As the first professor of medical law, Thierry Vansweevelt was appointed member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium in 2011. He serves as  a professor at the Faculty of Law at Antwerpen University, where his research focuses on Medical Law, patients rights and mental health. He specializes in medical liability law in which he defends hospitals, doctors and patients. 


 Cyril Harrison Wecht  is an American forensic pathologist. He has been a consultant in numerous high-profile cases, but is perhaps best known for his criticism of the Warren Commission's findings concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He has been the president of both the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American College of Legal Medicine, and currently heads the board of trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine. He served as County Commissioner and Allegheny County Coroner & Medical Examinerserving the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

Avishalom Westreich, LLB, PhD | JEWISH LAW

Senior Lecturer. The College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, Israel and a Research Fellow at the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought at Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. 

Senior Lecturer of Jewish Law, Family Law, and Jurisprudence, at the College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, Israel and a Research Fellow at the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought at Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. 

His research deals primarily with the dramatic changes in the family during the second half of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries, focusing mainly on marriage, divorce and reproduction. His research examines, inter alia, the changes in the structure of the Jewish family as reflected in the agunah problem, and explores this problem’s main civil and religious solutions.


Chairman of the board of the American Medical Foundation (AMF), USA

The Honorable Richard S. Wilbur, BS, MD, JD, FACP, FACLM, FACPE, FRSM, FICD(H) is the Chairman of the Board of the American Medical Foundation for Peer Review and Education, Editor of the WCLM Bulletin, Delegate to the American Medical Association and Member of the US Supreme Court Bar.  He has had leadership positions in the US Government, Medical Associations, Legal Associations, non-profit organizations and business enterprises.


Assistant Professor at Ufuk University, Ankara, Turkey

Özge Yücel obtained her Ph.D. degree in civil law from Ankara University in 2013. She was “Guest Researcher” at Hamburg University in 2012, holding a scholarship of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Dr. Yücel has been working as Assistant Professor at Ufuk University, Ankara, for five years. She was “Visiting Scholar” at the IMGB, in Mannheim, in 2017. Her research interests focus on medical law, gender and law, and children’s rights.

Luis Ravanal Zepada, MD | FORENSIC MEDICINE

Medical Forensics, Chile University, Chile

Dr. Zepada has worked as a clinical doctor since 1990, and as an expert in the field of Forensic Medicine since 1994, during which he worked as an expert in the Legal Medical Service of Chile (1994 - 2004), collaborating in different areas of research in Forensic Medicine (Thanatology, Toxicology, Histology and Forensic Clinic, Sexology, Assessment of Injuries, Assessment of bodily harm and Disability). He has extensive experience in the legal medical field, participating in trials as a judicial expert in Criminal, Civil, Family and Labor Courts.

His constant concern for the advance and scientific update has taken him to different countries, where he has attended as an assistant and speaker, both in International and National Congresses.


Vice Rector of Tel Aviv University, Israel

Prof. Eyal Zisser is the Vice Rector of Tel Aviv University and the holder of The Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair in Contemporary History of the Middle East. He was the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities 2010-2015, the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies 2007-2010 and the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History. Prof. Zisser wrote extensively on the history and the modern politics of Syria and Lebanon and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Among his books:  Assad’s Syria at a Crossroads (Tel Aviv, 1999); Asad’s Legacy – Syria in Transition (New York, 2000); Lebanon: the Challenge of Independence (London, 2000); Faces of Syria (Tel Aviv, 2003) Commanding Syria, Bashsar al-Asad’s First years in Power (London, 2006); The Bleeding Cedar (Tel Aviv, 2009), Syria :Protest, Revolution, Civil War (Tel Aviv, 2014).


Prof. Zisser received his PhD from Tel Aviv University. He was a visiting professor in Cornell University and a visiting research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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