‘Ethics Dumping’–the Dark Side of International Research

December 12, 2017

(The Conversation) – And 72 years after the last Nazi experiment, 45 years after the closure of the Tuskegee trials and 16 years after John le Carré’s novel, are major human rights violations in research in the past? Sadly not. Ethics dumping does take place today – but not in the form of blatantly malevolent and gruesome activities such as the Nazi experiments and the Tuskegee trials. Our research into ethics dumping found that unethical research is indeed carried out, as le Carré envisaged, when researchers from high-income countries have access to locations with weak legal frameworks and ethics compliance mechanisms.

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