International Education Programs for Doctoral Students in the Department of Bioethics

Around the world, ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences are addressed in different ways, reflecting different cultural traditions and social systems. Gaining an appreciation for this international diversity is critical to students of bioethics around the world, and can be an illuminating intellectual experience.

To help address this need, the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (USA) has developed study abroad partnerships with a number of academic institutions in other countries. Our goal is to expose our students to diverse perspectives on bioethics through our partners, and to provide our partners' students with intensive experiences with U.S. approaches to bioethics in Cleveland, Ohio.  Currently, courses are offered in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Costa Rica, India, the Netherlands, and Spain. These 3-credit courses are open to all undergraduate and graduate students from Case Western Reserve University and other universities that will allow the Case credits to transfer.  No prerequisite courses are required. 

Michelle Champoir, M.A, the Director of the International Education Programs for the Department of Bioethics, can be reached at (216) 368-5377 or

  • Global Alliance of Biomedical Ethics Centers Project (GABEX) 

Doctoral students will have access to this alliance to facilitate scholarship and exchange between centers of excellence across the globe.  This alliance was established under the auspices of the University of Tokyo’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law (CBEL) with a grant ($7 million) from the Japanese government’s “Centers for Excellence” program. The 3 main goals of the project are: (1) the establishment of an international fellowship program; (2) organization of an international alliance through academic meetings; promotion of international research in bioethics.  GABEX will support, among other things, an annual member meeting, exchange of scholars between participating Centers and CBEL for up to two months for particular research projects, and regular video conferences for members’ research collaboration.  In addition to Case’s department of Bioethics, current participating centers of excellence include Oxford, Monash, University of Pennsylvania, Hastings Center, National Institutes of Health, Bergen University, and the National University of Singapore.  GABEX membership is expected to expand in 2010.

  • Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS), University of Newcastle, UK 

The Department of Bioethics' Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law enjoys a formal partnership with the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) program at the University of Newcastle, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.  The PEALS program is the ethics unit for the Newcastle Life Sciences park, which is a major international center for human stem cell research and human genomic research.  Our partnership provides opportunities for graduate student involvement in joint research projects, workshops. and student exchanges.