World Association for Medical Law

27th World Congress for Medical Law

Vilnius, Lithuania

August 2 - 4, 2023

27th World Congress for Medical Law (

2023 Program and Abstract Book


Welcome to the WAML Congress in Vilnius

This year, the WAML Annual Congress will take place on August 2–4 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This is already the 27th WAML World Congress. The World Association for Medical Law (WAML), founded in 1967, brings together lawyers, scientists, attorneys, and medical practitioners from all over the world, in both academic and practical fields. The WAML World Congress is a prestigious event with a long tradition, held each year in a different country around the world.

The Vilnius Congress will discuss a wide range of issues in legal medicine, such as the challenges and successes of ongoing health system reforms to ensure access to quality health care; the role and responsibility of civil society in the health sector; new challenges to health systems in the post-pandemic period; the protection of patients’ rights; and the role of forensic medical experts in the investigation of war crimes.

The Congress will not only become a great opportunity to get to know Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania, celebrating its 700th birthday this year, with its rich historical traditions and the designation of its historic center as a UNESCO World Heritage site, but it will also provide an excellent platform for new partnerships in the academic field and closer cooperation of representatives from medical and legal professions. We hope that the Vilnius Congress will create ample opportunity for young scientists to meet like-minded fellows to work on future projects.

Program Chair
Prof. Dr. Toma BirmontienÄ—


1. Protection of Patients’ Rights - Challenges and Responsibilities of the State and Civil Society

• The legal and ethical limits of scientific developments and progress in medicine.

• Technological developments and patient data protection. The right to privacy versus public
• The role of Civil Society in raising awareness and disseminating information to promote patient rights.
• Fostering more effective resolutions for disputes between patients and healthcare institutions.
Contemporary issues pertaining to healthcare service provider liability.

2.  Transformations in Healthcare Systems as an Inevitable Process in Achieving Excellence

• International organisations and new initiatives to adjust national healthcare systems in the face of global challenges. The role of healthcare policies in fighting the global challenges – pandemic, climate crisis.
• Fostering sustainability in healthcare systems.
• Redesigning the legal frameworks of national healthcare systems following the latest
achievements of biomedical science and fighting social and economic inequalities.

3.  New Challenges for International Cooperation in the Field of Legal Medicine (Forensic Medicine)DICINE)

• International cooperation in mitigating natural and man-made disasters.
• New challenges for legal medicine in combating terrorism, organised crime, war crimes.
• Technological and scientific research innovations in legal medicine

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