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


María Casado

  • Full Professor of Philosophy of Law, Moral and Politics.
  • Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona.
  • Founder of the Bioethics and Law Observatory at the University of Barcelona; director of the research center from its creation, in 1995, to 2021.
  • Founder of the Master in Bioethics and Law at the University of Barcelona, and its director until 2021.
  • Founder of the Consolidated Research Group “Bioethics, Law and Society” of the Government of Catalonia, and its coordinator until 2021.
  • Founder of the Bioethics and Law Journal (Revista de Bioética y Derecho), and its director until 2023.
  • Member of the National Commission on Forensic Uses of DNA and of the Bioethics Commission at the University of Barcelona (1995-2020).
  • Past member of the Spanish Bioethics Committee and of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia. Past member of the Board of Directors at the International Bioethics Association.
  • Member of the Working Group on Ethics in Horizon 2020 of the League of European Research Universities (LERU).
  • “Narcís Monturiol” Medal for its pioneer contribution in the field of bioethics and human rights to scientific and technological progress in Catalonia.