Stepping Stones for a Legal Framework for Human Enhancement. A Path That Is More Important Than its Destination

Revue européenne de droit de la consommation / European Journal of Consumer Law 2021/3, pp 415-429

11 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2022

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Anton Vedder

KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law (CiTiP); KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Erik Kamenjasevic

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Date Written: October 29, 2021

Abstract

Does it make sense to strive for an overarching legal framework for human enhancement technologies (HETs)? In this article, we argue that it does due to the number and variety of forms and applications of human enhancement which are expected to boost amongst others under the influence of AI. However, already in an early stage of our explorative argument, we will conclude that we probably will never be able to attain such a complete framework. As it will be shown, it is the corollary findings of such an attempt that make it extremely useful from a philosophical, legal, as well as policy/lawmaker's perspective since they should enable us to see lacunae in the existing legislation and identify possibly conflicting overlaps.

Keywords: Human enhancement, ethics, legal framework

Suggested Citation

Vedder, Anton and Kamenjasevic, Erik, Stepping Stones for a Legal Framework for Human Enhancement. A Path That Is More Important Than its Destination (October 29, 2021). Revue européenne de droit de la consommation / European Journal of Consumer Law 2021/3, pp 415-429, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4070685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4070685

Anton Vedder

KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Erik Kamenjasevic (Contact Author)

KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) ( email )

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 box 3443
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

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