significant efforts over the last few years to establish common standards that can be regarded as the beginning of an international
biomedical law. One of the main features of this new legal discipline is the integration of its principles into a human rights framework.
This strategy seems the most appropriate, given the role of ‘‘universal ethics’’ that human rights play in our world of philosophical
pluralism. In addition to the general standards that are gradually being established, a widespread consensus exists on the urgency of
preventing two specific procedures: human germ-line interventions and human reproductive cloning.