Category Archives: Bioethics

2019 Battle of Ideas festival – panel session on Caster Semenya’s case on November 3rd

On Sunday November 3rd at 4 pm I will be participating in a panel session at the Battle of Ideas Festival on Caster Semenya – Running into controversy: Genes, Gender and Sport:

https://www.battleofideas.org.uk/session/caster-semenya-running-into-controversy-genes-gender-and-sport/

New paper out for Journal of Medical Ethics: “When does an advantage become unfair? Empirical and normative concerns in Semenya’s case”

I published a new paper for the Journal of Medical Ethics titled “When does an advantage become unfair? Empirical and normative concerns in Semenya’s case”.

jmeHere’s the abstract:

There is a fundamental tension in many sports: human sex is not binary, but there are only two categories in which people can compete: male and female. Over the past 10 years, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regulations have been at the centre of two notable legal disputes. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reached two contradictory rulings: in the first case (Dutee Chand vs Athletics Federation India and IAAF), the IAAF regulations for the eligibility of athletes to compete in the female category were suspended (24 July 2015) on grounds of “discrimination against the female category”; in the latter (Caster Semenya and Athletics South Africa vs IAAF), the regulations were reaffirmed (1 May 2019) on grounds that although discriminatory, they are necessary to maintain a “level playing field” and to “protect” the female category. Although Semenya’s case has paved the way for questioning existing gender norms in sport, a new stable norm has yet to emerge from her case. The pharmacological solution put forward by IAAF to the tension between fairness and inclusivity of bodies non-conforming to two sexes is not, however, the only possible solution/resolution to the case, as I aim to show in this paper. Here I present some reflections on this topic and suggest how CAS should approach the case if it hopes to resolve it.

The full text can be accessed here:

https://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2019/09/15/medethics-2019-105532.full

Drop me a line if you don’t have access and would like to get a copy of the paper.

“A day in the life of a bioethicist”: Careers feature in the Biochemical Society

The Biochemical Society runs a monthly “Careers” feature. This month (June 2019) they ventured outside the life sciences to talk about careers in Bioethics. Here’s the result of a conversation with Lorenza Giannella. Thanks for featuring me and most importantly, bioethics!

careeers

http://www.portlandpresspublishing.com/sites/default/files/biochemist/Synthetic%20Biology%20June%202019/BioJUNE19_All%28Careers%29.pdf