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That everyone has a human right to enjoy the benefits of the progress of science and its applications comes as a surprise to many. Nevertheless, this right is pertinent to numerous issues at the intersection of science and society: open access; 'dual use' science; access to ownership and dissemination of data, knowledge, methods and the affordances and applications thereof; as well as the role of international co-operation, human dignity and other human rights in relation to science and its products. As we advance towards superintelligence, quantum computing, drone swarms, and life-extension technology, serious policy decisions will be made at the national and international levels. The human right to science provides an ideal tool to do so, backed up as it is by international law, political heft, and normative weight. This book is the first sustained attempt at turning this wonder of foresight into an actionable and justiciable right. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

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  • The Right to Science
    pp i-ii
  • The Right to Science - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Then and Now
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Contributors
    pp vii-viii
  • Acknowledgments
    pp ix-x
  • Foreword
    pp xi-xii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-14
  • Part I - The Right to Science, Then
    pp 15-104
  • 3 - IP Rights and Human Rights
    pp 54-75
  • What History Tells Us and Why It Matters
  • 5 - The Right to Science and the Evolution of Scientific Integrity
    pp 91-104
  • Part II - The Right to Science, Now
    pp 105-192
  • 6 - On the Right to Science As a Cultural Human Right
    pp 107-123
  • 7 - Mainstreaming Science and Human Rights in UNESCO
    pp 124-139
  • 9 - Implications of the Right to Science for People with Disabilities
    pp 150-165
  • 10 - Science in the Times of SARS-CoV-2
    pp 166-192
  • Part III - Disseminating, Implementing, and Putting into Practice the Right to Science
    pp 193-297
  • 11 - “Fight the Fear with the Facts!”
    pp 195-210
  • 15 - A Proposal for Indicators of the Human Right to Science
    pp 268-285
  • 16 - Epilogue
    pp 286-297
  • Tensions in the Right to Science Then and Now
  • Index
    pp 298-310


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