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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.