Jana Webb

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2006

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Susan Goode- Null

Honors Reader

Dr. Douglas Armstrong

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Anthropology | Other Anthropology


Human rights forensic anthropology does not have an ethical code developed specifically for this field. Currently, forensic anthropologists look to ethical codes in different fields. These codes may offer differing opinions. They do not address the specific work and issues forensic anthropologists may encounter in the field. An analysis of existing ethical codes in anthropology and forensic science was done to show which areas of the code were applicable to human rights forensic anthropology. Areas that these codes needed to address were also demonstrated. It was found that there was an emphasis on honesty and responsibility. Professionals had responsibilities to their subjects, to the profession, to their students, to the public and to publishing. On a whole these codes did not address expert testimony, publishing on a sensitive subject or the treatment of human remains. A code was developed by drawing from existing ethical codes in related fields. The Proposed Code of Ethics and Conduct attempts to reconcile differences in the ethical codes reviewed. The Proposed Code addressed not only professional responsibilities but also the unique aspects of human rights forensic anthropology. The mission of this Proposed Code is to encourage discussion within the field of human rights forensic anthropology. Through discourse in the field, ethical guidelines can be further developed and adopted by human rights forensic anthropologists.

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