Reflections in Honor of the Life and Influence of Professor Alan Wertheimer
This conference was an afternoon of reflection on the life, work, and enduring influence of Professor Alan Wertheimer (1942-2015). Professor Wertheimer was a leading philosopher of law and bioethics, making critical contributions to clinical research ethics; theories of coercion, undue influence, and exploitation; consent in a variety of contexts, and much more. This tribute event featured leading scholars discussing and engaging with Professor Wertheimer’s many contributions, and exploring how he influenced their own work.
At the time of his death in 2015, Alan Wertheimer was Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Vermont, where he taught from 1968 to 2005 and was honored as University Scholar in 1995-1996. Before retiring from UVM, he was also John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science. He authored Coercion (Princeton University Press, 1987), Exploitation (Princeton University Press, 1996), Consent to Sexual Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research: Widening the Lens (Oxford University Press, 2011). He was twice a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and held fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton (1984-85) and the Program in Ethics and the Professions, Harvard University (1989-90).
All panels included time for audience Q & A.
12:30 - 1:00pm, Registration
1:00 - 1:05pm, Welcome
I. Glenn Cohen, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School
Holly Fernandez Lynch, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School
1:05 - 2:35pm, Professor Wertheimer’s Influence on Bioethics
Seema Shah, Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health - Human Subjects Research Ethics
Jennifer Hawkins, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, Duke University - Exploitation, Coercion, and Undue Influence
Alexander Capron, USC Gould School of Law - Consent in Bioethics
2:35 - 2:50pm, Break
2:50 - 4:20pm, Professor Wertheimer’s Influence on Law
I. Glenn Cohen, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School - Access to Legal Services
Michelle Madden Dempsey, Villanova University School of Law - The Law of Sexual Relationships
Mitchell Berman, University of Pennsylvania Law School - Baseline Theory
4:20 - 4:30pm, Professor Wertheimer as Mentor and Friend
Emily Largent, Harvard Law School and Harvard University
4:30 - 4:50pm, Reflections
- Arthur Applbaum, Harvard Kennedy School
4:50 - 5:30pm, Panel Discussion (All Panelists and Audience)
Moderator: Arthur Applbaum
This event was free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
VIDEO: I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch, Welcome
VIDEO: Panel 1, Seema Shah, "Human Subjects Research Ethics"
VIDEO: Panel 1, Jennifer Hawkins, "Exploitation, Coercion, and Undue Influence"
VIDEO: Panel 1, Alexander Capron, "Consent in Bioethics"
VIDEO: Panel 1, Audience Q & A
VIDEO: Panel 2, I. Glenn Cohen, "Access to Legal Services"
VIDEO: Panel 2, Michelle Madden Dempsey, "The Law of Sexual Relationships"
VIDEO: Panel 2, Mitchell Berman, "Baseline Theory"
VIDEO: Panel 2, Audience Q & A
VIDEO: Emily Largent, "Professor Wertheimer As Mentor and Friend"
VIDEO: Arthur Applbaum, "Reflections"
VIDEO: Audience Q & A with All Conference Speakers