Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics

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Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics.

Convenor:  Dr Douglas McConnell

Trinity 2021 Programme

Weeks 1, 3, 5 & 7 Tuesdays 11-1pm

Via Zoom


This seminar is an opportunity for University of Oxford graduate students from all departments whose work has an applied ethics dimension to join a practical and medical ethics seminar group led by researchers from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. To sign up for this seminar please email


Each week, for the first hour of the seminar, one of the researchers will introduce a key topic in Practical or Medical Ethics, referencing various texts.

During the second hour of the seminar students will be given the opportunity to present draft papers or thesis chapters for constructive comments and discussion with other graduate students, led by Dr Doug McConnell

The programme for Trinity Term 2021 is as follows:

Week 1: Tuesday 27th April, 11-1pm: Doug McConnell - Hazard Pay and Compensation for Key Workers [a case study of argument from analogy].

Student WIP Presenter: Isabella Clarke

Week 3: Tuesday 11th May, 11-1pm: Dominic Wilkinson – Rationing and the Pandemic [case study of applying a core topic in medical ethics to the pandemic]                                                                                           Student WIP Presenter: Tess Johnson

Week 5: Tuesday 25th May, 11-1pm: Hazem Zohny- Results of the WHO Survey [case study of use of empirical research in bioethics]

Student WIP Presenter: Abhishek Mishra

Week 7: Tuesday 8th June, 11-1pm: Lisa Forsberg– Mandatory Vaccination and the Law/ Human Rights [case study of law and medical ethics]

Student WIP Presenter: Gary O’Brien


Each week one student will have the opportunity to present a work in progress paper, giving a 10 min presentation. Another student will then give a 5 min initial response to the paper presented.  This will then be followed by an open group discussion for the remainder of the hour. Papers and reading material are circulated a week in advance via email.  Students who volunteer to present are asked to choose another session in which to respond.

The presenting and respondent spaces are issued on a first come first served basis so please email ASAP to ensure you get a space.  Responding to papers is as important an aspect of the seminar as presenting.

Please email if you wish to sign up for the mailing list for this seminar group, or to present or respond to a paper.