Seminar by Prof. Dr. Judit Sándor

Legal Reflections on the Changing Concept of the Human Body in the Twenty-First Century

The seminar targets young researchers (PhD researchers and post-docs) and will be given by will be given by Prof. Judit Sándor, director of the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine at Central European University in Vienna and visiting professor at the University of Zurich. It will take place in English on 25 October 2021 from 9.15 – 11.15 am in the Senatszimmer, KOL-E-13, Rämistrasse 71 and will include a coffee break (COVID certificate required).

If you want to participate in the seminar, you can register via this websitehere. The registration closes at 8 October.

Seminar description

The seminar will explore how the concept of the human body has changed in the 21st century and will discuss the challenges this conceptual shift poses to human rights. We are going to see how the biopolitical legacy of post-war Europe influences the contemporary uses of biotechnological advances. These biopolitical discourses have, by now, become the subject of intense debates all over the world. New reproductive technologies, various DNA and mRNA interventions of genome editing, and biobanking are among those technological innovations that have come to shape our understanding of the human body. In the first part of the seminar, we shall examine the new legal contours of the human body through discussions of case studies and their analyses. During the second part,  we discuss research and work in the intersection of biotechnology and law.  The overall aim of the seminar is to allow young researchers to discover the possibilities and challenges of this multidisciplinary field.


Prof. Dr. Judit Sándor is a full professor at the Department of Political Science, the Department of Law and the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University (CEU). She is admitted to the Hungarian Bar and worked at Simmons & Simmons based in London. She has conducted research at New York University (NYU), the University of Chicago, the University of Stanford, McGill University in Montreal, and the Maison de sciences de l'homme in Paris. In 2004 - 2005, Prof. Judit Sándor headed the Bioethics Division of UNESCO in Paris and in this capacity led various missions to Australia, Namibia and Russia. She also participated in Hungarian and international legislative processes in the fields of medical law and bioethics.

Since 2005, Prof. Judit Sándor has been a founding member and director of CELAB (Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine) at CEU, where research is conducted on the ethical, legal and social significance of biotechnology.

Prof. Judit Sándor has also been involved in numerous research projects funded by the European Union. Most recently, she received the European Research Council (ERC) Synergy research grant as part of a recognized research team with the research project LEVIATHAN (Taming the European Leviathan: The Legacy of Post-War Medicine and the Common Good).

Judit Sándor has published numerous books, academic works as well as newspaper articles in Hungarian, English and French in the fields of human rights and bioethics. She is also the editor of several internationally recognized journals in the fields of health law, policy and philosophy. She was a member of the Hungarian Ethics Council for Science and Research and is a member of the Hungarian Commission for Human Reproduction.