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Anat Amit-Aharon RN, MHA, PhD | PUBLIC HEALTH

Public Health, Nursing, Ethics and Law Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Dr. Anat Amit-Aharon (RN, MHA, PhD) specialized in public health. Her research deals with factors affecting health and their impact on reducing health disparities. A central area of ​​interest is the health aspects of political asylum seekers who have arrived in Israel since 2007.

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 Askenasy 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. 


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

Tom Balthazar | HEALTH LAW

Tom Balthazar is associate professor of health law at the University of Gent (Belgium) and legal advisor to Zorgnet-Icuro, the umbrella organization of all hospitals and health-care institutions in Flanders.


Tom studied law at the universities of Gent (UGent) and Brussels (ULB). He worked for 22 years as a solicitor, specialized in health law.  He was a member of the Belgian National Advisory Board for Bio-Ethics (2000-2004)and President of the National Advisory Board for Patient Rights (2004-2006). He is a member of the ethics committee of the Ghent University Hospital.


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. 

Sivia Bar-Noy, PhD, RN | 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.

Cecile 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.


Nils Broeckx obtained a doctoral degree at the University of Antwerp in 2016 with a thesis headed ‘Orgaantransplantatie. Een juridische analyse’ (Organ transplantation. A legal analysis). After this, he joined Dewallens & partners law firm as a lawyer. Since 2017, Nils is a professor at the University of Antwerp where he teaches ‘Medical terminology and evaluation of human damages’ (Master’s program), ‘damages and compensation’ (postgraduate program on Liability Law and Insurance – ALLIC) and ‘international health law’ (postgraduate program on Health Law and Ethics – AHLEC). He is also a member of the ethics committee of a local Belgian hospital.

Alexander Capron, MA, LL.B | HEALTH LAW

USC Gould School of Law, California, United States

Professor at the University of Southern California, Co-Director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics.  Former Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization (2002-06), and Executive Director of the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1979-83). He served as a Commissioner on The Joint Commission for 18 years. He is a Founding Fellow of the Hastings Center, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Law Institute, the AAAS (Fellow), and the ACLM (Honorary Fellow) and has been President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, President of the International Association of Bioethics, and Board Chair of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research. He is the author or editor of 10 books and more than 400 articles.


Head of the Ethics Department of the Zohar Rabbi's Organization.

Born in 1957, Rabbi Cherlow studied at the Har Etzion Yeshiva. He received his rabbinical ordination from the chief Rabbi Abraham Shapira. Today he is serving as the head of the Amit Orot Shaul Yeshiva Hahesder in Kefar Batya.

Member of the Helsinki Supreme Committee for Medical and Genetic Experiments on Human Subjects, the Committee for Approval of New Technologies of Genetic Therapy, the Presidium of the Press Council, and other committees. He is the head of the religion and ethics desk at the Jerusalem Ethics Center and leads a popular website of the type of "Ask the Rabbi", andwrote more than 65,000 answers on varied issues so far. 

Cindy Cornelis - PhD Candidate | GENETICS AND THE LAW

Faculty of Law, Antwerp University, Belgium

Cindy Cornelis graduated in 2016 as a Masters of Law at the University of Antwerp. She is currently a third year PhD candidate at the University of Antwerp, funded by the Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair, under the promotion of Prof. dr. Thierry Vansweevelt. She is preparing a Ph.D. thesis on the use of genetic information in insurance. She published a number of papers about medical law in national journals and has co-written the Belgian National report on Legal Aspects of Genetic Testing Regarding Insurance and Employment for the General Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law 2018.


Eduardo Dantas, LLM, PhD candidate | HEALTH LAW

Lawyer, licensed to practice in Brazil (since 1995) and Portugal (since 2011) ; Specialist in Consumer Law by the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain ; LL.M. in Medical Law by the University of Glasgow, Scotland ; PhD Candidate in Civil Law –University of Coimbra, Portugal ; Former Vice-President and member of the Board of Governors of the World Association for Medical Law ; Vice-President of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Derecho Médico ; Member of the International Advisory Board of the Observatory on Human Righs : Bioethics, Health and Environment, of the University of Salerno, Italy ; Member of the Association de Recherche et de Formation en Droit Médical ; Author of several articles published in Brazil, Portugal, Israel, USA, Poland, Mexico, Czech Republic and France. Author of the books Direito Médico (Editora GZ, 2009), Comentários ao Código de Ética Médica (Editora GZ, 2010) and Droit Médical au Brésil (Editora GZ, 2013); Aspectos Jurídicos da Reprodução Humana Assistida (Editora GZ, 2018); and Contemporary Issues in Health Law (Editora GZ, 2018); Member of the Special Commission of Medical Law in the Federal Council of the Brazilian BAR.

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.

Evelien Delbeke, PhD | HEALTH LAW AND ETHICS

Evelien Delbeke studied law at the University of Gent (2006). She obtained the title of doctor in law at the University of Antwerp with a Ph.D. on the legal aspects of medical end-of-life decisions (2011), which was awarded the ‘André Prims Prize’ in 2012. As an attorney specialized in health law, she has been recommended by ‘The Legal 500’ (2015). In her capacity as a visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, she coordinates the Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair, including the Postgraduate on Health Law and Ethics. She regularly publishes and gives lectures on varying topics in the field of health law. H

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.

Tzvi Dwolatsky, 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.

Justice (ret.) Haran Feinstein B.A | CRIMINOLOGY

Judge (retired) at the Magistrate's Court in Rehovot, Israel

Judge Haran Feinstein, a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has a degree in criminology from New York University and served as a judge for 20 years. Retired lecturer in the Department of Criminology at Bar-Ilan University.

Justice Ian Freckelton | HEALTH LAW AND FORENSICS

Professor at the University of Melbourne and a Judge in the Supreme Court in Nauru

A professor at the University of Melbourne and co-director of the Health and Medical Law Program. Previously he served as a professor of law, forensic medicine and legal psychology at Monash University. Member of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Attorney General on Matters of Forensic Medicine and the Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Courts Name and member of the Australian Advisory Committee on Medical Cannabis.  Dr Freckelton's practice is informed by his tribunal & scholarly experience, including as the Editor of the Journal of Law & Medicine & Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, as well as his authorship of over 40 books on evidence law, medical & mental health law, administrative law, disciplinary law, coronial law, scholarly misconduct, criminal law and policing, and over 600 peer-reviewed articles and chapters of books.

Matthew Godfree Esq, LL B, LLM | LAW

University of Jos, Nigeria.  

Godfree Matthew Esq is a lawyer at Pwajok, Ikowe & Co Law Firm.  LL B, LLM from the University of Jos, Nigeria.  

He is a policy analyst, public affairs commentator and a writer. 

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.

Tomáš Holčapek, Ph.D | MEDICAL LIABILITY

Tomáš Holčapek, Ph.D., is a member of the Department of Civil Law and of the Centre for Medical Law at the Law Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. He teaches civil procedure and health law. Furthermore, he is a practicing attorney with the main focus on civil law and litigation. His main areas of academic interest include consent with treatment, liability for medical malpractice and the law of evidence in medical malpractice disputes.

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. 

Beatrice Gabriela Ioan, MD, Ph.D. | BIOETHICS AND LEGAL MEDICINE

Professor at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania,

Beatrice Gabriela Ioan is Professor of Legal Medicine and Bioethics at “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi, Romania, as well as its Vice-Rector of institutional strategy. She is a senior physician at the Institute of Legal Medicine of Iași, Romania.  She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in 1993 and received her Ph.D. degree in 2003. She also graduated from the Faculty of Psychology in 2002 and from the Law Faculty in 2012.  In 2004 she completed the Master of Art Program in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, USA. She is the Chair of the Committee on Bioethics  (DH-BIO) of the Council of Europe and member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of UNESCO. She is also the Chair of the Bioethics Commission of the Romanian College of Physicians, member of the Discipline Commission of the Romanian College of Physicians, and member of several research ethics committees in Romania. She has participated in European and national research projects, she is the author and co-author of many scientific papers, books and book chapters on Bioethics and Legal Medicine.

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.

Rabbanit Adv. Yardena Kop-Yosef LLB, LLM | BIOETHICS IN JUDAISM

advocate in the Department of Jewish Law, Israel

Received her LL.B in Bioethics in Judaism from Tel Aviv University, Torah Education: Mat (Torani Institute for Women), 3 years, Nishmat-Advisors, Talmud Department at Bar-Ilan University and Hebrew. Advocate in the Department of Jewish Law, Counseling and Legislation at the Ministry of Justice, Beth Hillel, teaches Daf Yomi Matan and Limmud groups in Tekoa and the Beit Midrash for Renewal, voluntary private consultation regarding prenuptial agreements, registration, personal status and fertility treatments.

Tanya Kronos, RN, MA | MENTAL HEALTH

Child and adolescent psychiatry, Western Galilee Hospital, Israel

Tanya Kronos is currently involved in a project establishing a registry for Autism in Israel. In addition, she is an acting nurse at the Child and Adolescent psychiatry department and a project coordinator at the ENT ( EAR, NOSE AND THROAT) department in Western Galilee Hospital. Mrs. Kronos previously worked as a nurse at the orthopaedic and internal medicine departments. As part of her work, she has also treated Syrian patients.


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.


 Nursing, Ethics and Law Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

A registered nurse with basic training in various fields (intensive care for premature babies and children, screening), licensed by Israel and the United States, holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in law and administration. Member of the Ethics Committee of the Israel Nurses Association, Faculty member of the Department of Nursing at Tel Aviv University, Member of the Faculty of Bioethics and Law at the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Iryna Lishchuk, LL.M | IT LAW

Iryna Lishchuk, LL.M., is a Research Associate at the Institut für Rechtsinformatik (IRI) and L3S Research Center at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. The area of specialization covers: IP/IT Law, Data Protection. After four years of legal practice as an associate at the Law Firm Arzinger (Kiev, Ukraine) in the area of IP/IT law, Iryna moved to the L3S Research Center (Hannover, Germany). The focus shifted to the legal research accompanying the European research projects, in particular aspects of IPR and data protection surrounding medical research. 


Prof. Dr. Vugar G. Mammadov is a Lawyer and Doctor of Medical Sciences of Azerbaijan and Russian Federation. Professor at the Law Faculty, Baku State University and  Azerbaijan Medical University. Visiting Professor of a number of universities in USA, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Pakistan, Ukraine...teaching in English, Russian and Turkish.

He is President of Azerbaijan Medical Law and Bioethics Association, Deputy chairman of UNESCO National Bioethics Committee under National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, Head of Azerbaijan unit of International UNESCO Bioethics Chairs Network (Haifa), Vice-President and Founding member of Silk Road Forensic Consortium, Vice-President of European Association of Health Law, Founding member of Forensic Medicine Organization of Developing Countries. He has authored more than 300 publications including 11 books, and has authored and hosted more than 320 TV programs on Health and Bioethics. He has 17 years of managerial experience in UN organizations, Procter & Gamble, Hoffmann La Roche, Servier, Asfarma, National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan, State and Public TV, Heydar Aliyev Center, etc    




 Esther-Lee Marcus is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is Head of the Chronic Ventilator-Dependent Division at Herzog Medical Center, a geriatric-psychiatric hospital in Jerusalem, and a consultant at Alyn Hospital, a pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation center in Jerusalem. She teaches at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine on subjects ranging from geriatric medicine, management of patients on long-term ventilation, medical ethics, the medical humanities, medical pharmacology, and nursing. Her interests and research are focused on end-of-life care, medical ethics, disability, and depiction of old age in literature, art, and movies.  


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).

Rustom G. Neurtsh LL.B. PhD | LAW

Professor of Law at Macau University, China

Professor of Law at Macau University, China; He is also the coordinator of the International Business Law Program. He has published various books and dozens of articles in international journals.


President, World Association for Medical Law

Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi is the former Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner for the County of Los Angeles, and served in that position from 1967 to 1982. He is known as the "coroner to the stars", since he determined the cause of death in many high-profile cases during the 1960s and 1970s. He is most famous for performing autopsies on Marilyn MonroeRobert F. KennedySharon TateGia ScalaWilliam HoldenNatalie Wood, and John Belushi.

Dr. Noguchi was born in Japan and graduated from Tokyo's Nippon Medical School in 1951 before interning at The University of Tokyo School of Medicine Hospital. Shortly thereafter he immigrated to the United States. He then served a second internship at Orange County General Hospital. He was appointed a deputy coroner for Los Angeles County in 1961 and in 1967, he became Chief Medical Examiner (CME) for the county. He was later appointed Chief of Pathology at the University of Southern California and then as Administrative Pathologist for Anatomic Pathology services at the USC Medical Center.

Noguchi is the president of World Association for Medical Law (WAML) 2010-2018. 


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. 

Olaolu Osanyin LLM | MEDICAL LAW

Barrister Olaolu Osanyin LLM, CHP, a Nigerian Medical Law Expert, he is a member of the Board of Governors of the World Association for Medical Law (WAML), he is also a member of the American College of Legal Medicine. The Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Committee on Medicine and the Law. He is also a member of the Nigerian National Health Research Ethics Committee. Laolu is the Director of Medicolegal of Medical Tutors Ltd, and Continuous Medical Education Provider accredited by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. He is the Senior Partner of First Counsel Solicitors (Medical Law Consultants). He has given lectures on Medical Laws in several international platforms


Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel

Dr. Peled-Raz is a member of the Research Ethics Review Board of Health Faculty and chairman of the Ethics Committee in human studies at the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel. She serves as an ethics consultant in medical centers, initiator, and co-author of the Director General (of the Ministry of Health) regulation on the  Treatment of Intersex, 2017.

Mariya Petrova, MD. JD. MPH | HEALTHCARE LAW

Mariya Petrova holds an MD from the Medical University of Sofia and a Law degree from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. She also holds an MSc degree in Public Health and Management from the Medical University of Sofia and an L.M.M. of Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Edinburg. Mariya Petrova is the Executive Director of the European Institute of Healthcare Law, Public Health, and Management. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Law with interests in eHealth regulation and her Ph.D. in Social Medicine with focus of Patient safety, Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Management.

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.

Sharon Primor, LLM, PhD Candidate | DISABILITY RIGHTS

Legal Counsel and Director of Legal Department at Bizchut, Israel

Adv. Sharon Primor is legal advisor at The Rights of People with Disabilities to Bizchut - the human rights center for people with disabilities. Its activities focus on the rights of people with mental disabilities in psychiatric hospitals. In the past she worked in the field of children's rights in the Council for the Child and represented children and youth in civil proceedings as well as in criminal proceedings on behalf of the Public Defender's Office. During this period, she took part in a committee to examine basic principles in the field of child and law and their implementation in legislation, in the Ministry of Justice and the Rotlevy Committee. In addition, she served as Legal Advisor to the Community Advocacy Association.


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.

Luis Ravanal Zepeda, MD | FORENSIC MEDICINE

Medical Forensics, Chile University, Chile

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.


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 full 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), and at Maison de sciences de l’homme (Paris), at NYU (New York, as a Global Research Fellow). 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 was a member of the Hungarian Science and Research Ethics Council, and currently a member at the Hungarian Human Reproduction Commission. She participated in different national and international legislative, standard setting and policy making activities in the field of biomedical law and bioethics. In 2004-2005 she served as the Chief of the Bioethics Section at the UNESCO. She published eleven books in the field of human rights and biomedical law, including “Health Care and Justice”, “Society and Genetic Information”, “Perfect Copy” and “Studies in Biopolitics”, “Biobanks and Tissue Research”, “Me Molecule”. Her articles and book chapters were published in different languages, including Hungarian, English, Croatian, Italian, 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. She has completed twelve European research projects (GeneScreen, PUG, STRATA-ETAN GROUP, GeneBanC, PRIVIREAL, PRIVILEGED, Tiss.Eu, RemediE, EULOD, NANOPLAT, NERRI, EUCElLEX Project), founded by the European Commission in the field of biobanks, genetic data, stem cell research, organ transplantation and human reproduction.  

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.


co-chairman of the Interdisciplinary Lectures Series in Medicine and Humanities, Israel

Prof. Shomron is the principal investigator of a laboratory at Tel Aviv University that focuses on analyzing the regulation of genes in order to understand human diseases at their genomic level. He is also a lecturer in molecular biology and bioinformatics, has published more than 100 articles and is responsible for five patents. He is a member of the Bioethics and Law Project of the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and co-chairman of the Interdisciplinary Lectures Series in Medicine and Humanities, among the founders of BioAbroad, a non-profit organization that brings academics from the field of biology outside Israel (over 1,000 members) and founder of RGI-Israel, which assists patients with rare genetic diseases.

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.

Israel Strauss, MD | PSYCHIATRY

Prof. Israel Strauss, MD A psychiatrist, the director of the mental health department at Maayenei Hayeshua medical center. , Editor of the Israeli Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, author of many articles on ethics and psychiatry.


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”



Orly Toren, RN, MSc, PhD | NURSING

Faculty of the School of Nursing and the School of Public health at Hebrew University, Israel

Assistant Director of patient safety and risk management unit, at the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical center.   In her current position, she is responsible for promoting patient safety in the hospital. In her former roles, she was the Director of Nursing and Paramedical Professions at the Sheba Medical Center. Dr. Toren is also holding a certificate of expert nurse in the field Nursing Policy and Administration, and currently serves as a consultant to the Academic College of Kiriat Ono to establish a new nursing school within the faculty of Health professions. As a faculty member at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she teaches at the School of Nursing and the School of Public health.


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. 

Julie Vermeulen, LLB | HEALTH LAW

Julie Vermeulen (°1993) works as a lawyer at Dewallens & partners after graduating in law from KULeuven and Université Paris Descartes in 2016. Her legal activity focuses on health and medical law. Since 2018 she lectures in the postgraduate program on ‘Healthcare and welfare management’at EHSAL in Brussels.

Nurith Wagner | NURSING ETHICS

Former Director of nursing and paramedical professions at the Hadassah Medical Organization Jerusalem, Israel

President of the Ethical Ethics Bureau of Israel's Former Sisters and Brothers, and co-author of the ethical code for nurses and siblings in Israel, conducted research in the field of ethics of nursing and former director of nursing and paramedical professions at the Hadassah Medical Organization Jerusalem.


 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.


professor of Law in the Faculty of Law of the Tel Aviv University, Israel and a Rabbi

Elimelech (Melech) Westreich is professor of Law in the Faculty of Law of the Tel Aviv University and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School (spring 2001, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2008). He was ordained as a rabbi by the Rabbis of Kerem Be’Yavneh Yeshiva and served as a Rabbi of a brigade in the I.D.F. He obtained the LL.B. from Bar Ilan University, the LL.M. (Graduated cum laude) from Tel Aviv University, and the Dr.Jur from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, winning the Moshe Silberg Prize for his doctoral thesis. He was awarded the Prize for Jewish Scholarship presented by Israel’s Minister of Education and Culture. He specializes in Jewish family law and Jewish commercial law. He is author of Transitions in the Legal Status of the Wife in Jewish Law - A Journey Among Traditions, Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 5762 (2002). He was the editor of Tel Aviv University Law Review (1998-1999). He has written many articles on Jewish family law focusing on the encounter between Ashkenazim and Sephardim and the challenges of the modern era. His recent articles are: “Empowering the Jewish Widow by the Rabbis of Morocco in the Twentieth Century” (accepted) and “Elements of Negotiability in Jewish Law in Medieval Christian Spain", Theoretical Inquiries in Law Vol. 11 [2010], 410-438.


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.


Medical and Mental Health Law Advocate

Dr. Shmuel Wolfman is a Medical and Mental Health Law Advocate and chairman of psychiatric committees for forced hospitalization. Much of his practical and academic work is in the field of legal psychiatry. Former CEO of Agis Pharmaceuticals and CEO of a biotechnology company that has been involved in the development of new drugs. He also serves as legal advisor to sick societies such as the Multiple Myeloma Association, the Alzheimer's Association, and a consultant on guardianship, family disputes related to Alzheimer's patients, and the treatment of inmates.


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.


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.

Shlomit Zuckerman, BSc., LL.B, MA, PhD. | BIOETHICS AND HEALTH LAW

Shlomit Zuckerman received a BSc. (cum lade) in Biology (1993) and a LL.B (1996) from Hebrew University. She holds a MA in Bioethics (2003) and a PhD in Empirical Bioethics (2009) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Her Research interests include the crossroads of health, law, ethics and policy. She co-authored chapters on medical neutrality in Military Medical ethics for the 21st century and Humanitarian Action and Ethics. She is currently working as a risk manager for Israeli hospitals and maternal and child health clinics, providing ongoing legal and ethical counselling, medicolegal lecturing, as well as designing and conducting research on effective patient safety culture and risk management training, writing on clinical care risk management and ethics issues, and teaching ethics at the Hebrew University School of Public health. 

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