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La protection du bien-être par le juge
Third-party funded project
Project title La protection du bien-être par le juge
Principal Investigator(s) Büschel, Isabell
Organisation / Research unit Ethik / Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
Project Website
Project start 01.09.2012
Probable end 31.08.2014
Status Completed

The protection of human well-being by the law – a comparative study of Swiss, German, French and European case-law

Commonly, well-being is defined as „the state of feeling healthy and happy“ . A larger definition extends to prosperity . Both definitions confer this notion a larger meaning than just being synonymous to health . In the absence of a legal definition of the term « well-being », it must be questioned whether and if so, to what extend the protection of the well-being of the individual, but also of a State’s population is guaranteed by the law.

The methods suggested to conduct this research are two-fold. They cover research and analysis of literature (legal, sociological, economic, medical) and policies (health, security, environmental, consumer protection, economy), as well as an empirical part (survey of patients, doctors, prisoners, immigrants, health care officials, security forces, data protection authorities, policy makers and judges concerning factors that contribute to well-being in general and, more precisely, their understanding of well-being, but also analysis of social and economic indicators) .

Until now, legal texts which literally protect the individual’s well-being seem to be non-existent in Europe. However, many texts on the quality of life, human dignity, health, security and other reasons of overriding interest contribute implicitely to the objective of promoting human well-being through the law. Several horizontal clauses contained in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union require that a high level of security (art. 67 § 3), human health protection (art. 168 § 1), consumer protection (art. 169 § 1), as well as environmental protection (art. 191 § 2) be ensured. Others exist, but these four need to be stressed for their immediate impact on the physical, mental, social and economic well-being of patients, consumers, prisoners or citizens in general. As social protection policy and financial and economic stability mecanisms also might have an impact on the human well-being, they need to be considered as well. Reversely, one could ask whether guaranteeing the well-being of a sum of individuals is likely to have a positive impact on the economy and/or on the social, sanitary or securitarian environment of a State and, at a larger scale, in Europe. The study will be based on a comparison between situations in several regions which are caracterized by differences in size and culture : France, Germany, Switzerland as opposed to the EU as a whole. May we observe similarities or differences concerning the protection of individual and collective well-being between those States, and between those States and the EU ?

Keywords EU law and policy, fundamental rights, protection of individual and public health and security
Financed by Foundations and Associations

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
1150838  Cammilleri-Subrenat, Anne; Prouvèze, Rémy; Verdier-Büschel, Isabell  Nouvelles technologies et défis du droit en Europe - L'imagerie active au service de la sécurité globale  978-2-8027-3594-6    Publication: Authored Book (Verfasser eines eigenständigen Buches) 
1464332  Prouvèze, R.; Verdier-Büschel, I.  Nationalité et citoyenneté dans l’espace de liberté, de sécurité et de justice  978-2-8027-3539-7     Publication: ConferencePaper (Artikel, die in Tagungsbänden erschienen sind) 
1012677  Verdier-Büschel, Isabell  Le Parlement européen condamné au versement de 25.000 € au titre des préjudices matériel et moral subis par une candidate à l’embauche du fait du traitement illégal des données médicales de celle-ci      Publication: Discussion paper / Internet publication 
1464341  Verdier-Büschel, Isabell  « Quelle protection pour la victime en droit de l’Union européenne ? - un bref état des lieux »  1281-3389  Observateur des Nations Unies  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
1558892  Büschel, Isabell  Cournil, Christel, Associate Professor of Public Law  University Paris 13 - Pres Sorbonne Paris Cité, IRIS (Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux), CERAP  01.01.2012  31.05.2012 
1558902  Büschel, Isabell  Brosset, Estelle, Associate Professor of Public Law  University of Aix-Marseille  01.01.2013  31.12.2015 
1558904  Büschel, Isabell  Mehdi, Rostane, Professor of Public Law  College of Europe, Campus Bruges  01.10.2012  31.03.2013 

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