UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


  • Bioethics and Law Observatory
  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
  • University of Barcelona
  • Faculty of Law
  • Ave. Diagonal, 684
  • 08034 Barcelona
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • obd.ub@ub.edu
  • Master in Bioethics and Law
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46
  • master.bd@ub.edu


The Bioethics and Law Observatory presents its 'Document on Genetic Tests of Filiation' - COMUNICACIONS UB


COMUNICACIONS UB, Barcelona Science Park (Spain), december 18th 2006.

Biological tests based on the study of DNA have become widespread in recent years. As a result of technological progress, studies on genetic identification tests are becoming common in extrajudicial private practice and in the fields of health and legal administration. However, how do these tests affect the basic rights of the individuals involved? What effect do these tests have on the obligations regarding paternity? How is the valuable information obtained from these tests regulated?

In this context, the Opinion Group of the Bioethics and Law Observatory has drawn up the “Document on Genetic Tests of Filiation”, which, from a pluridisciplinary perspective, addresses the problems that arise from tests of this nature.

This report will be presented on Monday 18 December at 19 h in the Antoni Caparrós Auditorium at the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB, Barcelona Science Park) (C/Baldiri Reixach, 4-6). The presentation will be chaired by the rector of the Universitat de Barcelona(UB, University of Barcelona), Màrius Rubiralta, and the director of the PCB, Fernando Albericio. The presentation will include contributions from the coordinators of this report, Ángel Carracedo, senior professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela; María Casado, director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory and professor of the Philosophy of Law at the UB, and Roser Gonzàlez-Duarte, senior professor of Genetics also at the UB.