Global Bioethics Bibliography


The following sources do not necessarily reflect the Center's position or values. These sources, however, are excellent resources for familiarizing oneself with all sides of the relevant issues.

General and Regional Perspectives | Governance & Economics | Medical Tourism | Research Ethics | Women's Health


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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