Master in Food Ethics and Law

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
  • Master in Bioethics and Law
  • (+34) 93 403 45 46


Itziar de Lecuona

  • PhD in Law and MA in Bioethics and Law.
  • Associate professor of the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona.
  • Member of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona.
  • Director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory at the University of Barcelona.
  • Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona.
  • Co-director of the Master in Bioethics and Law and the Master in Food, Ethics and Law at the University of Barcelona.
  • Principal investigator of the project “Unsolved boethical issues in the review of healthcare research and innovation based on artificial intelligence, genetic technologies and personal data” (BIOEVAINNOLAW), funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain.
  • Coordinator of the Consolidate Research Group “Bioethics, Law and Society: Interdisciplinary analysis of ethical, legal and social aspects of biomedicine, biotechnology and emerging technologies” (BIOELSi) (SGR 00353) of the Government of Catalonia.
  • Research leader on the ethical aspects of two biomedical research projects of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Program (MICROB-PREDICT and DECISION). She has participated in the project NESTORE, funded by the same program.
  • Coordinator of the PhD Research Line “Bioethics and Law” of the Doctoral Programme in Law and Political Science, and responsible for the transversal line of Bioethics of the Doctoral Programme in Medicine and Traslational Research of the University of Barcelona. She is a member of the LAST JD doctoral programme at the University of Bologna, coordinated by the bioethics research center CIRSFID.
  • Member of the Ethics Committee of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC); the Research Integrity Committee of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL); and the Ethics and Data Protection Group of the Spanish Society of Epidemiology and Public Health.
  • Part of the group of experts advising the European Data Protection Board (EDPB).
  • Director of the Bioethics and Law Journal (Revista de Bioética y Derecho) of the University of Barcelona.
  • Member of the University of Barcelona's Bioethics Commission (2011-2023); the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia (2015-2020); and the Research Ethics Committee at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (2012-2020).
  • Member of the COVID-19 Multidisciplinary Working Group, Ministry of Science and Innovation (2020-2022).
  • In June 2020, she appeared at the Commission for Social and Economic Reconstruction of the Congress of Deputies, Health and Public Health Working Group, to discuss the bioethical aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Member of the Expert Group on Research Integrity and the Working Group on Ethics in Horizon 2020 (2012-2018) of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
  • Member of the Ethical, Legal and Social Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Health Division (EIT Health), Knowledge and Innovation Communities (2014-2020).
  • Member of the Advisory Council of Big Data CoE Barcelona (2015-2019).
  • Member of the European Advisory Committee of the 5th World Research Integrity Conference (Amsterdam 2017).
  • Visiting researcher of the Bioethics Program at UNESCO Headquarters (Paris) and of the University of Bologna, CIRSFID research Center.