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



Since 2005, the Bioethics and Law Observatory (OBD) has developed its activities, building on the consolidated research group “Bioethics, Law and Society” of the Catalan government.

Research Projects

For more than two decades, the Bioethics and Law Observatory has opened new research lines in its field of study and has successfully managed to have a relevant impact on bioethical thinking.

The most memorable projects of the group have dealt with the use of new genetic technologies in the ageing process, the discussion of biomedical issues that arise when dealing with assisted reproductive technology, nanotechnology, forensic use of human DNA, and Big Data in the field of health.

All projects have resulted in the publication of either books or journal contributions. Members of the research group have been invited to give lectures and have presented papers at the most prestigious international conferences, in order to spread the knowledge and conclusions of projects. Also, several Master’s and Phd theses have been completed within the framework of specific projects.

Interdisciplinary Research Program

The Bioethics and Law Observatory offers the opportunity to undertake research visits to both earlystage researchers and post-doc researchers. Visits may be hosted at its headquarters or at any of the academic groups integrated in the network.