1. The European Convention on Human Rights has great impact on national law, in particular through the case-law of the European Court of Human Right. Over the past few years, however, critical voices have been raised to question the degree of the Court’s influence on national law and politics.

  2. During the last decades, a better understanding of the influence of genetic factors on the onset of illness and disease has evolved. In many states, as well as on the international level, there is an ongoing debate about the balance that should be struck between the protection of the individual against misuse of genetic information and the interests of social actors and genetic research institutes, and about the policy options that are at hand...