Research ethics and justice: The case of Finland

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This paper explores how Finnish research ethics deals with matters of justice on the levels of practical regulation, political morality, and theoretical studies. The bioethical sets of principles introduced by Tom Beauchamp and James Childress in the United States and Jacob Dahl Rendtorff and Peter Kemp in Europe provide the conceptual background, together with a recently introduced conceptual map of theories of justice and their dimensions. The most striking finding is that the internationally recognized requirement of informed consent for research on humans can be ideologically tricky in a Scandinavian welfare state setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-576
Number of pages26
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Bioethics
  • Consent
  • Dignity
  • Finland
  • Integrity
  • Justice
  • Nonmaleficence
  • Precaution
  • Research ethics
  • Responsibility
  • Solidarity
  • Subsidiarity
  • Vulnerability
  • Welfare state


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