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


Call for papers on "Neuroethics" for the Revista de Bioética y Derecho

The Revista de Bioética y Derecho of the University of Barcelona announces this call for papers for a monographic issue on “Neuroethics”, in collaboration with Dr. Itziar de Lecuona, associate professor of the Medicine Department and director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory at the University of Barcelona, and Dr. Fernando Estévez, neurologist and professor in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Cuenca (Ecuador).

Research and knowledge in neurosciences have been undergoing an overwhelming development for about twenty years. The convergence of technologies, the advancement of brain imaging processes, chemical-metabolic markers, genetic technologies, computational sciences, as well as mathematical modelling and artificial intelligence, have produced once unthinkable changes in the understanding of the brain and its functioning.

In the last few years, the development of technologies associated with supercomputers and the processing of large databases has shown that functional research on the human brain is feasible and that processes of intervention and functional modification will continue to make inroads in the clinical setting and beyond.

The vertiginous progress in understanding the functionality of neural networks, the construction of artificial intelligence models, have already had a major impact on health and offer future possibilities for modulation, modification, decoding-reading and perhaps the production of logical intelligences that could at least compete with human intelligence.

Given these realities, bioethics needs to reflect on the issues related to the development of these new technologies and their convergence.
The journal invites sending original articles that explore, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the scientific, ethical, legal, and social aspects of neuroscience and neurotechnology, such as:
- The development of read-write technologies on the brain. 
- DNA technologies and their modification in relation to human beings. 
- The impact and development of AI technologies. 
- Diagnostic and therapeutic processes on the human brain. 
- Enhancement technology and human competence. 
- Potential brain-machine, brain-computer interaction techniques (BCIs). 
- The bioethical (ethical, legal, social, and political) implications of the use of neurodata and the impact on privacy. 
- Basic and applied research in neuroscience and neurotechnologies. 


The journal will accept only original papers written in Spanish, Catalan, French, English, Portuguese or Italian, with a maximum length of 6,000 words (excluding abstract, keywords, notes, references, bibliography, funding). The file must be sent in MS Word format, font Cambria or Arial 12, 1.5 spaced, thoroughly following the guidelines for authors.

Articles must be sent through this link to the “Monographic Dossier” section. They will be peer-reviewed and those that pass the selection process will be accepted for publication.