On July 2009, UNESCO signed an agreement to establish a UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights with the Università Europea di Roma and Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum. The two universities, in cooperation with UNESCO, established this UNESCO Chair at the Bioethics and Human Rights Institute. The UNESCO Chair offers a university framework of reflection and study, providing information and fostering the application of bioethical principles in science, medicine and new technologies based on the UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights.

The UNESCO Chair operates in the Faculty of Bioethics of Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum. The main research activities of the Chair are related to bioethical issues of emerging technologies (neuroscience, nanotechnologies) and in the multicultural and multi-religious dialogue in bioethical issues.

The Chair seeks to create a forum of diverse bioethics thought leaders. Collaborating in a spirit of respect and friendship, our mission consists of deliver a common framework to guide the application of bioethical principles in the light of the UNESCO Declaration. In this manner, the Chair intends to inform and enlighten ethical, legal and public opinions, decisions and actions relative to medicine, life sciences, and human rights and responsibilities.

Role in the project

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights is the responsible WP1.4 on Ethical and Legal issues. The Chair will be involved in the ethical, social and legal assessment and validation of design and implementation of the project.

They have the responsibility for the scientific and administrative management of the assigned task and supports the integration and sharing of information between the different tasks and WPs.

Prof. Alberto Garcia

Prof. Alberto García is Doctor in Law from Complutense University in Madrid.

Presently, he is Professor of Philosophy of Law and International Law at the School of Bioethics of Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Furthermore, he is a researcher of the Human Rights Institute at Complutense University. For 5 years, he has been member of the Steering Committee of Bioethics in the Council of Europe and in 2005 he has been honoured with the National Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in the field of legal and social sciences. Member of the following Ethical Advisory Boards: ITERA (International Tissue Engineering Research Association) Life-Science Network, Cryo-Save and EU Projects CASCADE and REBORNE (within 7th Framework Program).
Email: agarcia@unescobiochair.org



Obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at John Cabot University, Rome. During her studies, she was committed to the Community Service Program collecting several experiences. As Treasurer of the club STAND (Student Anti-Genocide Coalition), she has been volunteering for one year at Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, Rome, side by side refugees and migrants. She also took part in STAND for Dignity project with the aim of rebuilding the bathrooms at the center. While she was an intern at the Leonarda Vaccari Institute, a public facility for mentally and physically disabled adults and children in Rome, she collaborated to publish a report, Dyslexia and Technology. She is currently collaborating with an NGO, Humilitas, in the Dressmaker Project, with the scope to open a dressmaking shop with migrants. Moreover, she is responsible of the Communication Office of UNESCO Chair and is taking part as project coordinator assistant in EUROSOL (Europe for Citizens), iCONSENT (Horizon 2020), and CivicAL (Erasmus +), funded by the EU.

Email: smontefusco@unescobiochair.org

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