Promotion of human rights and advocacy for multidisciplinary, flexible and secular bioethics
Universitat de Barcelona
684 Diagonal Avenue
08034 Barcelona

Team Leader

Itziar de Lecuona (Doctor of Law)
Lecturer Dept. of Medicine, Deputy Director Bioethics and Law Observatory
Phone: +34 934 034 546
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Team Members

Prof. Maria Casado (Doctor of Law)
Director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory
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Manuel López Baroni (Doctor of Law)
Tenure Track Lecturer
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María José Plana (Doctor of Law)
Lawyer & Postdoc
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Institute Presentation

The Bioethics and Law Observatory (OBD) is an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Barcelona (UB). Established in 1995, it holds the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics since 20017, one of the nine UNESCO Chairs established in bioethics around the world, and being the only one in Spain in this field.

The OBD analyses the ethical, legal and societal issues of biotechnology and biomedicine and associated technologies, anchoring its work in research, teaching and knowledge transfer in internationally recognized human rights. The OBD ´s Opinion Group promotes social debate on bioethical issues by publishing a series of reports with proven impact in national and local regulations as well as in scientific societies. The main goal is to promote a more informed society to foster informed decision making processes in bioethics. The OBD is partly located at the School of Law (headquarters) and has other facilities in the School of Medicine at the University of Barcelona.

Within MICROB PREDICT the OBD y is in charge of the ethical, legal and societal issues in research and innovation processes with human beings, their biological samples and personal data associated (WP8): information and informed consent processes; ethics in research and research integrity and responsible research and innovation. In addition the OBD in in charge of reviewing and monitoring ethics and data protection policies in light of the  General Data Protection Regulation. The OBD provides assessment in bioethics and research with human beings.