Deadline: August 20, 2018

Sou Hyun Lee

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New Opportunities and Risks of the Genomic Era

[Friday, December 14, 2018] Ewha Womans University Seoul, South Korea


The Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics (EIBLE) is seeking submissions for its annual conference to be held on December 14, 2018 in Seoul. This year’s theme will be “New Opportunities and Risks of the Genomic Era.” Advances in DNA sequencing technology and computing power are opening up new possibilities for genomic data. Mankind’s knowledge about the human genome is deepening by the day, but it can fool even the brightest minds. Dr. James Watson’s failure to hide all of his Alzheimer-associated genes at first in his publicly disclosed genomic data is a good example. Surprises come from outside the biomedical sphere as well, such as the recent capture of the Golden State Killer using a public genealogy site. As the much-heralded genomic era is taking hold, it is an opportune time to reexamine the opportunities and risks created by this new era. Perhaps the keyword for the genomic era is “unknowability”— though even this may only be a matter of time. For now, however, this conference seeks to explore how this unknowability can or should shape policy as advances in the search for deeper genomic information continues.


Submissions may relate to a broad range of topics, including (but not limited to):

  •  Genomic data privacy
  •  Consent mechanism for disclosing genomic information
  •  Genetic discrimination
  •  Direct-to-consumer genetic testing
  •  Use of non-forensic genetic database for criminal investigation


A. Deadlines

Abstract: If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of your paper to by August 20, 2018. Authors will be notified of decisions no later than September 30, 2017. Submission of your abstract will be regarded as your agreement to present in the EIBLE conference in December 2018 and to publish your full paper in the journal if your abstract is selected, as described below.

Full Paper: If your abstract is selected, your full paper will be due on November 15, 2018.

B. Expenses

If selected, EIBLE will pay for round-trip airfare (economy class) and up to 2 nights (Thursday and Friday) lodging costs for the presenter. Co-authored papers must name a single presenter, though additional presenters may attend at their own expense.

C. Publication

All full papers to be presented in the upcoming conference will be published in EIBLE’s English journal, the Asia Pacific Journal of Health Law & Ethics.


Please direct your inquiry to
Sou Hyun Lee, Conference Coordinator:


THE EWHA INSTITUTE FOR BIOMEDICAL LAW & ETHICS (EIBLE) at Ewha Womans University was established in August 2005 to enrich research on ethical and legal issues in modern life science and health care. EIBLE has since produced highly- regarded research output and is recognized as a leading health law and bioethics institute in Korea and beyond. Information on EIBLE may be found at

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