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A prominent philosopher, Dominique Lecourt, has been named as the new head of a French committee that aims to examine the ethical aspects of joint North-South research projects.

The Consultative Ethics Committee was set up in 2001 by the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the French agency for research in the tropics and the Mediterranean. It plans to establish a professional code of ethics and draw up guidelines of good research practice.

Lecourt, a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris VII and the author of several books on the philosophy of science, takes over from the French lawyer Noelle Lenoir as the chair of the committee.

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