Global Bioethics



  • Michael Sleasman and Paige Comstock Cunningham, “Exploitation in the Global Medical Enterprise: Bioethics & Social Injustice.”
  • Kathy McReynolds, “The Discovery of Global Bioethics through an Application of C.S. Lewis’ Thought on the Moral Law.”
  • Paige Comstock Cunningham, “She’s a Person, Not a Uterus: Fighting Women’s Global Health Disparities with Dignity.”
  • Michael Shafer and Paige Comstock Cunningham, “Medical Exploitation and Black Market Organs: Profiteering and Disparities in Global Medicine.”
  • Michael Sleasman and Paige Comstock Cunningham, “Bioethics, the Global Church, and Family Planning.”
  • Rebecca Oas, “Communities of Faith and the Global Family Planning Movement: Friends or Foes?”
  • Jeffrey and Monique Wubbenhorst, “Should Evangelical Christian Organizations Support International Family Planning?”


General and Regional Perspectives

  • Alora, Angeles Tan and Josephine M. Lumitao, eds. Beyond a Western Bioethics: Voices from the Developing World. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2001.
  • Bennett, Belinda, ed. Health, Rights, and Globalisation. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Cherry, Mark J. and John F. Peppin. Regional Perspectives in Bioethics. Annals of Bioethics. Lisse, The Netherlands: Swets & Zuietlinger, 2003.
  • Chuwa, Leonard Tumaini. African Indigenous Ethics in Global Bioethics: Interpreting Ubuntu. Advancing Global Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Cochi, Stephen L., and Walter R. Dowdle, eds. Disease Eradication in the 21st Century: Implications for Global Health. Strüngmann Forum Reports. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2011.
  • Dickson, Kanakulya and Paola de Cuzzani. Making Bioethics Global: Ethical Challenges In Indigenous Medicine. Saarbrücken, Germany: Verlag Dr Müller, 2010.
  • Dilger, Hansjorg, Abdoulaye Kane, and Stacey A. Langwick, eds. Medicine, Mobility, and Power in Global Africa. Indiana University Press, 2012.
  • Engelhardt Jr., H. Tristram and L.M. Rasmussen, eds. Bioethics and Moral Content: National Traditions of Health Care Morality. New York: Springer, 2002.
  • Engelhardt Jr., H. Tristram, ed. Global Bioethics: The Collapse of Consensus. Salem: M&M Scrivener Press, 2006.
  • Fox, Renee C. and Judith P. Swazey. Observing Bioethics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Green, Ronald M., Aine Donovan, Steven A. Jauss, eds. Global Bioethics: Issues of Conscience for the Twenty-First Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • ten Have, Henk. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Spring, 2016
  • ———. Global Bioethics: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • ———, ed. Bioethics Education in a Global Perspective: Challenges in Global Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • ten Have, Henk and Bert Gordijn. Bioethics in a European Perspective. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.
  • ———, eds. Handbook of Global Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Have, Henk ten and David Clark. The Ethics of Palliative Care: European Perspectives. Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press, 2002.
  • Hogan, Linda, ed. Applied Ethics in a World Church: The Padua Conference. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.
  • Holman, Susan R. Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Holtz, Carol. Global Health Care: Issues and Policies. Burlington, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett, 2013.
  • Lee, Shui Chuen, ed. The Family, Medical Decision-Making, and Biotechnology: Critical Reflections on Asian Moral Perspectives. New York: Springer, 2007.
  • Luna, Florencia, Peter Herissone-Kelly, and Laura Pakter, trans. Bioethics and Vulnerability: A Latin American View. New York: Rodopi, 2006.
  • Macklin, Ruth. Against Relativism: Cultural Diversity and the Search for Ethical Universals in Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Millum, Joseph, and Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Global Justice and Bioethics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Moazam, Farhat. Bioethics and Organ Transplantation in a Muslim Society: A Study in Culture, Ethnography, and Religion. Bloominton, IN: Indiana University Press, 2006.
  • Ong, Aihwa, ed. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Charis Thompson, Ara Wilson, Stefan Ecks, Kathleen Erwin, Phouc V.Le, Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner, Jennifer A. Liu, Wen-Ching Sung. Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
  • Osuji, Peter Ikechukwu. African Traditional Medicine: Autonomy and Informed Consent. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Pang, Samantha Mei-che. Nursing Ethics in Modern China: Conflicting Values and Competing Role Requirements. New York: Rodopi, 2003.
  • Parhizgar, Suzan S. Multicultural Biomedical Ethics and Global Biosophical Moral Logic. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2008.
  • Pessini, Leo, Christian de Paul de Barchifontaine, Fernando Lolas Stepke, eds., Jennifer Bulcock, Adail Sobral, Maria Stella Goncalves, trans. Ibero-American Bioethics: History and Perspectives. New York: Springer, 2009.
  • Po-wah, Julia Tao Lai, ed. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the (Im)Possibility of Global Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2009.
  • Potter, Van Rensselaer. Global Bioethics: Building on the Leopold Legacy. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1988.
  • Reuter, Lars. Modern Biotechnology in Postmodern Times? A Reflection on European Policies and Human Agency. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.
  • Roth, Ram, Elizabeth A.M. Frost, and Clifford Gevirtz, eds. The Role of Anesthesiology in Global Health: A Comprehensive Guide. New York: Springer, 2015.
  • Skolnik, Richard L. Global Health 101. 3rd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016.
  • Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret. Genomics in Asia. New York, Routledge, 2008.
  • ———. Global Morality and Life Science Practices in Asia: Assemblages of Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Teays, Wanda, John-Stewart Gordon, and Alison Dundes Renteln, eds. Global Bioethics and Human Rights: Contemporary Issues. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
  • Tham, Joseph, Alberto Garcia, and Gonzalo Miranda, eds. Religious Perspectives on Human Vulnerability in Bioethics. Advancing Global Bioethics. Advancing Global Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2014.
  • Theile, Felix and R.E. Ashcroft, eds. Bioethics in a Small World. Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment. New York: Springer, 2004.
  • Weisstub, David N. and Guillermo Diaz Pintos, eds. Autonomy and Human Rights in Health Care: An International Perspective. New York: Springer, 2007.

Out of Print

  • Bankowski, Z. and J.H. Bryant. Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Value of Human Life: A Global Agenda for Bioethics: Highlights and Papers of the XXVIIIth CIOMS Conference. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 1994.
  • Fox, Michael W. Bringing Life to Ethics: Global Bioethics for a Humane Society. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2001.
  • Rogers, Arthur and Denis Durand de Bousingen. Bioethics in Europe. Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe Press, 1995.
  • Takahashi, Takao. Taking Life and Death Seriously: Bioethics from Japan. Advances in Bioethics Vol. 8. West Yorkshire, England: Emerald Group, 2005.

Governance & Economics

  • Bagheri, Alireza, Jonathan D. Moreno, and Stefano Semplici, eds. Global Bioethics: The Impact of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. Advancing Global Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2016.
  • Barilan, Michael. Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Responsibility: The New Language of Bioethics and Biolaw. Basic Bioethics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.
  • Bennett, Belinda and George F. Tomossy, eds. Globalization and Health: Challenges for Health Law and Bioethics. New York: Springer, 2006.
  • Bennett, Belinda. Health Law’s Kaleidoscope. Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2008.
  • Coggon, John and Swati Gola, eds. Global Health and International Community: Ethical, Political and Regulatory Challenges. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  • Collins, Steven. The Race to Commercialize Biotechnology: Molecules, Market and the State in Japan and the United States. New York: Routledge Curzon, 2004.
  • Cooper, Melinda, and Cathy Waldby. Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy. Experimental Futures. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014.
  • Elger, Bernice, Nikola Biller-Andorno, Alexandre Mauron, and Alexander M. Capron, eds. Ethical Issues in Governing Biobanks: Global Perspectives. New York: Ashgate, 2008.
  • Goodwin, Michele. The Global Body Market: Altruism’s Limits. Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Gottweis, Herbert and Alan Petersen, eds. Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • Harris, Dean M. Ethics in Health Services and Policy: A Global Approach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
  • Hayry, Matti, Ruth Chadwick, Vilhjalmur Arnason, and Gardar Arnason. The Ethics and Governance of Human Genetic Databases: European Perspectives. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Hindmarsh, Richard, and Barbara Prainsack, eds. Genetic Suspects: Global Governance of Forensic DNA Profiling and Databasing. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Kuppuswamy, Chamundeeswari. The International Legal Governance of the Human Genome. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • MacDonald, Theodore H. The Global Human Right to Health: Dream or Possibility? New York: Radcliffe, 2007.
  • ———. Removing the Barriers to Global Health Equity. New York: Radcliffe, 2009.
  • Mann, Scott. Bioethics in Perspective: Public Health, Corporate Power, and the Political Economy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Petryna, Adriana, Andrew Lakoff, and Arthur Kleinman, eds. Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006.
  • Rajan, Kaushik Sunder. Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.
  • Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret, ed. Human Genetic Biobanks in Asia: Politics of Trust and Scientific Advancement. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • UNESCO. Global Bioethics: What For? 20th Anniversary of UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 2015.

Out of Print

  • West, Darrell M. Biotechnology Policy across National Boundaries: The Science-Industrial Complex. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Medical Tourism

  • Bookman, Milica Z. and Karla R. Bookman. Medical Tourism in Developing Countries. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Botterill, David, Guido Pennings, and Tomas Mainil, eds. Medical Tourism and Transnational Health Care. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Cohen, I. Glenn. Patients With Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Connell, John. Medical Tourism. Oxfordshire, UK: CABI, 2011.
  • Hall, Michael C., ed. Medical Tourism: The Ethics, Regulation, and Marketing of Health Mobility. New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • Hodges, Jill R., Ann Marie Kimball, and Leigh Turner. Risks and Challenges in Medical Tourism: Understanding the Global Market for Health Services. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012.
  • Goldberg, James R. The American Medical Money Machine: The Destruction of Health Care in America and the Rise of Medical Tourism. New York: Homonculus Press, 2009.
  • Issenberg, Sasha. Outpatients: The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism. New York: Columbia Global Reports, 2016.
  • Kumar, Rajesh. Global Trends in Health and Medical Tourism. New Delhi, India: SBS Publishers, 2009.
  • Nahman, Michal Rachel. Extractions: An Ethnography of Reproductive Tourism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Out of Print

  • McBrewster, John, Frederic P. Miller, and Agnes F. Vandome, eds. Medical Tourism: Medical tourism, Dental tourism, Fertility tourism, Medical tourism in India, World Tourism Organization, Medical ethics, Patient safety, Travel nursing, Travel agency, Health Tourism provider. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Alphascript Publishing, 2009.

Research Ethics

See related materials in the Research Ethics Bibliography.

  • Chin, Richard and Menghis Bairu. Global Clinical Trials: Effective Implementation and Management. Waltham, Mass.: Academic Press, 2011.
  • Gottweis, Herbert, Brian Salter, and Catherine Waldby. The Global Politics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Science: Regenerative Medicine in Transition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Graboyes, Melissa. The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940–2014. Ohio University Press, 2015.
  • Gullien, Javier, ed. Laboratory Animals: Regulations and Recommendations for Global Collaborative Research. Waltham, Mass.: Academic Press, 2014.
  • Hawkins, Jennifer S. and Ezekiel Emanuel, eds. Exploitation and Developing Countries: The Ethics of Clinical Research. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008.
  • Hayry, Matti, Tuije Takala, and Peter Herissone-Kelly. Ethics in Biomedical Research: International Perspectives. New York: Rodopi, 2007.
  • Macklin, Ruth. Double Standards in Medical Research in Developing Countries. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Macklin, Ruth. Ethics in Global Health: Research, Policy and Practice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Petryna, Adriana. When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.
  • Plomer, Aurora. The Law and Ethics of Medical Research: International Bioethics and Human Rights. New York: Routledge-Cavendish, 2005.
  • Thornicroft, Graham and Vikram Patel. Global Mental Health Trials. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Out of Print

  • Capps, Benjamin J. and Alastair V. Campbell, eds. Bioethics and the Global Politics of Stem Cell Science: Medical Applications in a Pluralistic World. London, UK: Imperial College Press, 2010.

Women’s Health

See related materials in the Women’s Health Bibliography.

  • Boyd-Judson, Lyn and Patrick James, eds. Women’s Global Health: Norms and State Policies. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • Chandra, Prabha S., Helen Herrman, Jane E. Fisher, et al., eds. Contemporary Topics in Women’s Mental Health: Global Perspectives in a Changing Society. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.
  • Chandra, Prabha S., Helen Herrman, Jane E. Fisher, Marianne Kastrup, Unaiza Niaz, Marta Rondon, and Ahmed Okasha. Contemporary Topics in Women’s Mental Health: Global Perspectives in a Changing Society. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
  • Dodds, Susan. Linking Visions: Feminist Bioethics, Human Rights, and the Developing World. Lanhan, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
  • Murthy, Padmini and Clyde Lanford Smith. Women’s Global Health and Human Rights. Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett, 2010.
  • Turshen, Meredeth. Women’s Health Movements: A Global Force for Change. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • Twine, France Winddance. Outsourcing the Womb: Race, Class, and Gestational Surrogacy in a Global Market. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Out of Print

  • Gupta, Jyotsna. New Reproductive Technologies, Women’s Health, and Autonomy: Indo-Dutch Studies on Development Alternatives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000.
  • Tong, Rosemarie. Globalizing Feminist Bioethics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Darby: Diane Publishing Co, 2003.

For additional related material, see the Cross-Cultural and Public Policy Bibliographies.

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