Discussion Questions for
Human Rights documents
(post your responses to these
DQs in your seminar folder
and bring them to class on Thursday as well)
- Do you think these two documents -- The
Nuremberg Code and the UDHR -- are
claims about something that already exists, or about something
that should exist? Please explain.
- Do you think the Tuskegee Study (as depicted
in Miss Evers’ Boys)
violated any specific provisions of the UDHR? This is
not asking whether it violated the spirit of the UDHR,
but only whether you can point to any
provisions that you think were violated by this study. Please explain.
4 of the WHO/CIOMS Guidelines refers to the importance of
informed consent. It is slightly different, though, than the relevant
section of The Nuremberg Code. What differences do you see?
- Guideline 5 details
the items of information that researchers must disclose to subjects before
asking for their consent. Pick two of those
items that you find interesting and explain what interests you about them.
- The 1993 version of these Guidelines protects
prisoners as vulnerable subjects since they are not in circumstances where
they could be considered free to give or withhold consent. Are you inclined
to agree or disagree with this provision? Please explain.
16 and 17 refer to inclusion of women as research subjects. These represent
additions to the earlier 1993 Guidelines. Do you agree with the viewpoints
expressed in these more recent provisions?