Co-Chair
Jonas Bergstein

Co-Chair
Sharon Gazit

Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee

The Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee is rooted in legal issues arising within healthcare sectors throughout the world as well as affiliated interest areas within the life sciences arena. In this regard, it is concerned with those fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, with a special focus on all aspects of healthcare law.

About the Committee

The Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee is rooted in legal issues arising within healthcare sectors throughout the world as well as affiliated interest areas within the life sciences arena. In this regard, it is concerned with those fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms, with a special focus on all aspects of healthcare law, including such areas as medicine law, intellectual property, biotech, bioethics, regulatory issues and scientific developments, on a worldwide basis.

The Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Committee is a fast-growing committee with a dynamic and diverse membership across the globe.

The challenges the industry is facing today, a growing competitiveness and regulatory changes demand that we work together to deepen and develop this area of practice with a prominent place in our environment. This is essential to provide our clients with services rendered by highly trained quality professionals.

In this regard, the committee provides a forum of discussion among health and life Science lawyers, and aims to provide regular updates of important changes in this ground. This allows transversality of knowledge and experience, making use of the benefits of globalization and allowing that the developments and accomplishments obtained by those who exercise their profession in countries where life Science practice is more advanced are seized by those who have just started their journey in this area.

This exchange of knowledge and experiences will be at its height in the conferences and seminars organised by our committee within the IBA, or in the events in which our committee participates. The exchange enriches those who participate and directly collaborates with development and professionalisation of the practice area at the global level.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View all conferences and webinars

Reflections on the prioritisation of the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine made in the national vaccination regimen of Switzerland

A delicate matter: Who should get the rare Covid-19 vaccine doses first? On one hand, the benefit of the eagerly awaited, rare vaccination should be maximised, on the other hand, it is difficult to justify a worse treatment of certain groups. It raises legal and ethical questions concerning the distribution and prioritization of population groups.

Released on May 26, 2021

Personal data - one of the most desired goods during the pandemic

In March 2020, when companies all over the world found out that they were to send all their collaborators and employees to work from home, they thought it would be a matter of months before everyone was back at their offices. Companies never thought that the daily collection of personal data from their collaborators and employees, as well as the implementation of online strategies that demanded a significant increase in the collection of personal information from clients and users of webpages, was going to become an issue for the past year and this year.

Released on May 26, 2021

Overview of the Brazilian Covid-19 vaccination pathway

Brazil is one of the largest countries with a universal health system, which is structured and organised through the National Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde or SUS). Vaccination rights are one of the cornerstones of universal access to health, representing at the same time a constitutional right and a legal duty of the Brazilian Government.

Released on May 26, 2021

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination? An employment perspective

The vaccination process against Covid-19 raises questions that have been debated worldwide. Surely, it will also impact the employment regulations in Colombia determining whether employers have the legal right to make vaccination mandatory for their employees.

Released on May 26, 2021

The EU and the Italian green certificates - striking a balance between health and data protection during the Covid-19 pandemic

After the EU Commission’s launch of the EU vaccination passport last month, the Italian Government has recently adopted urgent measures to implement an Italian green certificate with the aim to facilitate movement of people among regions or give access to certain events or activities. The provisions, however, have been firmly challenged by the Italian Supervisory Authority, which calls for stricter compliance with Italian data protection principles by the Italian government, to ensure the respect of constitutional rights of individuals.

Released on May 26, 2021