Legal requirements and human rights

In the beginning of 2019, the SIENNA project delivered an analysis of the legal and human rights requirements for Human Enhancement Technologies in and outside the EU. This is part of the data collected by the project that forms the basis for our upcoming proposals.

In the report, we document and deliver a critical assessment of the legal, including human rights, requirements applicable to human enhancement. The report includes an analysis of EU and international norms and regional legal orders. In addition, we provide an analysis of human rights norms and ways in which human rights may be affected by human enhancement technologies. The report also includes analysis of national laws in comparison to international and regional norms and human rights standards.

Highligts from the report was presented in a webinar in the beginning of 2020. Below, you will find links to a recording of that presentaton, an abstract and a link to the full report.

Highlights from our work

Konrad Siemaszko from the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights presents the results from SIENNA's legal analysis of human enhancement technologies.

The SIENNA report


This report will help readers better understand the international, EU and selected countries’ legal developments and approaches to specific legal issues and human rights challenges related to human enhancement. The report broadly discusses the legal issues and human rights challenges of human enhancement. It analyses relevant international, EU and regional laws and human rights standards. It summarises and compares the results of the country studies on law and human enhancement. It also discusses the adequacy of existing norms and standards and gaps and presents some recommendations that will be further developed in the forthcoming SIENNA work.

Full text

Zuzanna Warso, & Sarah Gaskell. (2019). SIENNA D3.2: Analysis of the legal and human rights requirements for Human Enhancement Technologies in and outside the EU (Version V2.0). Zenodo.