UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


  • Bioethics and Law Observatory
  • UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
  • University of Barcelona
  • Faculty of Law
  • Ave. Diagonal, 684
  • 08034 Barcelona
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  • obd.ub@ub.edu
  • Master in Bioethics and Law
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Equity and access to health resources, will be the subject of debate at the VI Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics of the UB


Under the title 'Equity and Access to Health Resources’, the VI International Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics of the University of Barcelona (UB)- Bioethics and Law Observatory (OBD-UB) will be held this 31 January at the Antoni Caparrós Hall at the Barcelona Science Park. The purpose of this sixth edition of the forum is to create a space for debate and reflection on the main ethical dilemmas posed presently by the management of public health from a point of view of distributive justice and the right of all citizens to healthcare in effective equality conditions.

The opening and presentation of the event will be given by the Rector of the University of Barcelona, Dídac Ramirez, Maria Casado, holder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics of the University of Barcelona and director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory, located at the Barcelona Science Park.

The program of lectures will be structured around three roundtables, which will feature the presence of leading national and international experts from the academic, legal, and healthcare institutions. The first lecture, led by Albert Royes i Qui , member of the Bioethics and Law Observatory, will focus on the debate on equity from the perspective of the management of public health, primary care, prescription drugs and attention to sexual and reproductive health. The second lecture will be conducted by Ricardo Garcia Manrique, Professor of Philosophy of Law at the UB 'and will address the issue of distributive justice and allocation of health resources. The third lecture will be presented by Anna Badia I Martin, Professor of International Public Law at the University of Barcelona and member of the Bioethics and Law Observatory who will lecture about equity from a Latin American perspective.

During the closing ceremony, there will be a presentation of the initiative “Freedom to Choose”, promoted by the Bioethics and Law Observatory. The said initiative is aimed at promoting the dialog between the university and society and to guide the public in making informed decisions on issues that concern the beginning and end of life, such as voluntary termination of pregnancy, the living will, or research on remnants embryos from reproduction processes for obtaining stem cells.