On Thursday, April 22nd at 10 am (CET) we hosted CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Narine Harutyunyan Brod on “Regulating Genetic Technologies: The Future of Human Reproduction“.
The seminar is presented and moderated by CAS SEE Fellow Desara Dushi.
The Seminar covers the issues related to modern-day reproduction through assisted reproductive technologies. New genetic technologies now allow potential parents to choose between a wide range of reproductive alternatives. One of the greatest benefits of these technologies is the ability to provide future parents with genetic information about the health status of their unborn children, which can be used to reduce births of children with severely disabling genetic diseases, or to alleviate or cure their painful and progressive genetic diseases. However, reproductive alternatives offered by new biotechnologies can often go beyond the medical necessity. The Seminar will focus on the main human rights issues that arise in parallel with the technological advancements in the field of human reproduction.
Narine Harutyunyan Brod specialized in Medical Law and Bioethics, with a particular focus on reproductive rights. She has recently obtained a Ph.D. degree in ‘Law, Science and Technology’ from the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research interests and skills also encompass European, International, and comparative law for gene editing, preimplantation (prenatal) technologies, as well as commodification debates related to genetic technologies. Narine has been a visiting researcher at the University of Zurich and the Leibniz University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she has built a career as a legal expert at the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, where she analyzed and provided expert opinions on draft laws and regulations in the field of social legislation.