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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)



  1. 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.
  2. 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 specific provisions that you think were violated by this study. Please explain.
  3. Guideline 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Guidelines 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?

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